Tiffanie Nelson- Founder & CEO
Driven by the desire to empower the under-served children in our community, I founded Food For Thought Outreach in 2010. When my oldest child began public school, I had the opportunity to understand the issues far too many students are facing. Known as Food Insecurity, thousands of children in our community are facing the negative impacts of hunger. A child focused on where their next meal is going to come from, is not able to focus on their education and development. Our programs are designed to bridge that gap and meet their most critical needs from grades K-12 so our students can gain the most out of their education, stay in school and become productive members of the community. What started as a small project has grown to become part of the fabric of our schools and communities. My passion and drive to lead this organization has only grown stronger year after year. I have the privilege of witnessing first hand just how deep our impact runs through the lives of the children we serve and the volunteers who help us serve. My long-term focus is on the sustainability of the organization so we can ensure our programs are here for the children who need it for years to come. I strongly believe, that in service to the children in need we are changing the landscape of our schools, towns and the future members of your community.
Dinelle Putman- Program Director
- What drew you to work for FFT? I volunteered with FFT and really fell in love with their mission. I always wanted to transition into the non-profit sector. I noticed there was a job opening on the website, so I sent in my resume. Now, here I am and loving that I can make a small difference in the life of a child.
- What about your job makes it worth getting up every morning? The kids! It's all about feeding kids. My kids are very lucky to never have known the feeling of wondering what or if they are going to eat during the evenings and weekends. I hope that I can help stop that worry for some kids. I am grateful to be able to be a part of the Food For Thought mission.
- What’s your favorite memory at FFT? My favorite memory is meeting families who are enrolled in our summer services. They are so appreciative of the help they are getting. It really puts everything we do in perspective. Another favorite memory is the Stock the Pantry party. It was so wonderful seeing the community come together for the common goal of feeding local kids.
- Why do you think FFT is important to the community? FFT is important to the community because there are so many kids that would be hungry if this program wasn't in place. It breaks my heart to know that there are so many kids in Walton and Okaloosa Counties that have a need for this type of program. It helps to know that FFT can be there to bridge the gap and provide food when the kids in need are not in school.
Stephanie Groves- Operations Manager
- What drew you to work for FFT? The FFT mission is what drew me in. I grew up in this community and was not aware that we had thousands of underfed children. I am proud to have the opportunity to directly help in the schools I attended.
- What about your job makes it worth getting up every morning? Knowing that we get to make an impact on thousands of families in our community.
- What’s your favorite memory at FFT? My favorite memory thus far is participating in the celebration crew at the Destin Charity Wine Auction. It was an amazing experience seeing so many people come together to support the wonderful organizations in our community that focus on children.
- Why do you think FFT is important to the community? FFT is important to the community because it brings like-minded people together that understand the need to feed the thousands of hungry children in our community. Without FFT thousands of children wouldn’t have the support of their community to keep them fed and focused in school.
Morey Urban - Program Coordinator
Bennet Bastian - Program Coordinator