For the last eight summers, Food For Thought Outreach has provided food to students in need while they are on Summer Break. Students that are free and reduced meal programs during the school year, miss on average 110 meals over the summer, which is why Food For Thought does not stop providing meals to these kids over Summer Break.
The FFT Summer Program serves both Okaloosa and Walton Counties, providing 66K meals to 600 students over three months. The students involved in the summer program are able to pick up a month's worth of food, three times at our pick-up locations located within both counties.
By continuing to keep kids fed throughout the summer, it is empowering these students to stay nourished and not worry about where their next meal will come from while they are out of school. We are looking forward to be able to provide food to our students throughout the summer in hopes they will be able to enjoy their break as much as possible.
As the heartbeat of Food For Thought Outreach, here is an update to what our Backpack Program currently provides. Each week, students who are on a free and reduced meal plan at school, receive a backpack of food to bridge the hunger gap they face over the weekend at home.
Food For Thought Fun Facts:
- 33rd school added during the 2018/29 school year
- (this program began with one school just 10 years ago!)
- 3,300 Students are served each week in two counties
- 40K food items are purchased and distributed every week
- 250 volunteers are needed every week to fill the backpacks
In order to fill the backpacks with 10 food items for these students, it takes $5 per student, per week, as well as volunteers to pack and deliver these backpacks to schools across Okaloosa and Walton Counties.
We are very proud of how this program has evolved over the last ten years and excited to see how the backpack program will continue to grow to serve more families in need in our community.
Learn more today to volunteer or donate at: www.fftfl.org
With warmer weather now upon us, it is the time to begin our Spring planting and harvest for the The Full Circle Garden, which is now growing produce at two locations; the Destin Pantry and the Walton County Academy Campus. This Spring we are planting a variety of vegetables to be harvested for use in both our Full Circle Kitchen cooking classes as well as for our seasonal program support. Through these gardens, we are working to provide more fresh food to kids in our programs and give them the opportunity to see how fresh food grows, is harvested and then ready to eat.
Food For Thought Fun Fact: Every month 26K items of fresh food are produced from our Gardens!
Destin Pantry Garden
Walton County Academy Garden
Since our gardens have been established, we have volunteers, kids from our Full Circle Kitchen program, and other groups come to help keep our gardens growing. If you have a green thumb, or just enjoy being outside and would like to volunteer in either of our gardens this spring or summer, let us know! email@example.com
Food For Thought will host two volunteer outreach sessions on February 26th as we look for additional program volunteers to support our services in Okaloosa County.
You can join us at 8:30 or 4:30p on February 26th at our Destin pantry located at 908 Airport Rd in Destin.
During these one hour sessions, you will learn about how you can help as volunteer, ask questions about our organization and register to get started.
Join us on February 28th at 8:30 for our final volunteer outreach of the school year.
Food For Thought Outreach is looking for additional volunteers to support our programs in Walton Co.
During this one hour session, you will learn how our volunteers support our programs, ask questions about our programs and register to get started.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
We are so excited to announce a special giveaway for this holiday season. Our friends at The Storyteller Agency are hosting the 12 Days of Giving, eligible to anyone who fills a stocking for our Stock the Stocking campaign. 'Tis the season for giving, and we are giving back to those that give to our organization!
All you have to do to enter to win one of 12 awesome prizes is this: pick up a stocking from one of four Food for Thought pickup locations between December 1st and December 12th and you will receive an entry into the 12 Days of Giving, where one winner from the list of donors will be drawn each day from December 13th-December 24th. Every stocking you stuff is one more entry to win, and the prizes are AWESOME! You could win an original Lee Hensely painting from Lola's on 30A, a one-night stay at the upcoming Hyatt Place Sandestin/at Grand Blvd, 30A gift cards, gift cards to George's at Alys Beach or Southside Slice, an Escapology Escape Rooms Destin experience, and more!
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