• 2024 Florida Hunger Survey

     

    No Kid Hungary, Florida released their 2024 survey results this week. 
    The rising cost of groceries is placing a strain on over 70% of families in our state

    The report reads in part,


    "In the land of endless sunshine and swaying palm trees, there exists a pressing issue often overlooked: the struggle to afford healthy food. While often associated with lower-income households, a recent study from No Kid Hungry Florida reveals a different narrative. As the cost of living soars, even middle-income families face adversity in securing nutritious meals.

    According to our recent study, a staggering 72% of Floridians report finding it more difficult to afford groceries compared to just a year ago. This burden isn’t limited to lower-income households; 60% of middle-income families, earning between $50,000 to $99,000, are also feeling the pinch. Amidst a growing affordability crisis, putting nutritious meals on the table has become a daunting task for many.

    The impact of this financial strain is palpable, with more than a third of respondents having faced food insecurity in the past year. This is a staggering percentage of Floridians who are skipping meals entirely or not eating enough nutritious food because they can’t afford to buy enough groceries for their families.

    In an effort to make ends meet,  many families are resorting to shopping at multiple locations to find the best deals (58%), traveling to less convenient grocery stores (46%), and buying less or passing up entirely on more nutritious options like proteins (45%) and fresh produce (40%). Many find themselves stretched thin, grappling with difficult decisions about allocating limited resources, a struggle that extends beyond the grocery store checkout line, impacting families’ ability to prioritize other essential expenses like saving for retirement or their children’s education. It’s a precarious balancing act that leaves little room for financial security or peace of mind."

    Read the complete report here: 

    https://state.nokidhungry.org/florida/2024/04/18/2024-florida-hunger-survey/

    Posted by Tiffanie Nelson
  • Food Fore Thought Charity Classic

    Join us for the Inaugural Food Fore Thought Charity Classic
    on May 9th, as we honor the life and legacy of Jon Kazek.
    This event is held in partnership with
    The Premier Property Group and Emerald Bay Golf Club
    supporting Food For Thought Outreach.

    One of his biggest passions was his commitment to serving others in his community.  He was always ready to lend a hand and help anyone in need.  As a general contractor and founding partner of Dixon Kazek Morrison (DKM) Custom Homes he donated his time and services to spearhead the initial Food for Thought Project Renovations at the Destin location.   He was a proud member of the Walton County Sheriff’s Office and leader of their volunteer Sheriff's Posse. He gave thousands of hours bettering the community and building countless relationships. Jon will be remembered for his compelling personality of strength and warmth.

                                                                                     - Anne Kazek 

     

     

    Posted by Tiffanie Nelson
  • We Care Day with Women's Council of Realtors

     

     

    On Saturday, March 23rd, the Women's Council of Realtors convened for their national "We Care Day". Our local chapter dedicated their time to supporting Food For Thought Outreach. Members gathered at the Santa Rosa Beach pantry location to learn about how we serve the community, and then set off on an "Amazing Race" style shopping adventure. With a budget of $25, members were tasked to purchase as much food as they could at the store to help stock our pantry. The experience deeply impacted the members and the day was a great success with over 1,300 food items donated to the organization. 

    "The most impactful moment was at the checkout when I was trying to spend only $25 to get as much as possible. I over spent and had to put things back. I think it put me in the parent's shoes to want more for these kids but I couldn't afford it! I felt the pressure of holding up the checkout line & scrapping for coupons to maybe get more! I love Food for Thought and their mission!"

    - Barbara Pfeiffer-Marcum 

    Posted by Tiffanie Nelson
  • Spring Snack Drive

    Spring Snack Drive 

    Looking to save time and money while supporting our spring snack drive? Consider shipping directly to us using online retailers such as SAM's club or Amazon.

    When shopping at SAM's, look out for their "Instant Savings" items to make your donations go even further. 

    Ship To 

    Food For Thought Outreach 

    2078 US Hwy 98 W
    Ste 105 PMB 286
    Santa Rosa Beach, FL 32459

     

    Posted by Tiffanie Nelson
  • New Volunteer Training

    Delivery and Distribution Help Needed.

    Food For Thought is now training new volunteers to support our delivery needs on Friday mornings in the Freeport and Defuniak area schools we serve. 
    We are hosting two information & training sessions to help connect interested volunteers. You can come to learn more on
    Tuesday, March 26th or Tuesday, April 2nd at 8:30a. 
    For additional information, please email volunteer@fftfl.org 
    Posted by Tiffanie Nelson