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Food Insecurity in Florida is Devastating
Prior to COVID 19, Florida already suffered severely in regard to hunger and income. No one really thinks about the domino effect hunger has on a community. What it means when a child doesn’t have enough food to eat over the weekend and has to return to school hungry. What it means for our homeless veterans to not be provided a warm meal.
Feeding America’s Map the Meal Gap online tool shows that 2.8 million unduplicated individuals were identified in Florida as food insecure, or not knowing where they would secure their next meal, in 2017.
Okaloosa and Walton County alone makes up over 35,000 of those numbers.
Local Churches that Freely Feed the CommunityMany of the programs that DH provides free foods to are local churches that work directly with the homeless, at-risk, and food insecure families and individuals in Okaloosa and Walton County. These faith-based programs do not require their recipients to attend a service, or initiate in any form of service, to receive a free food package.
Soup Kitchens and VeteransEvery soup kitchen, food pantry, and food give away program DH provides free foods to, directly serves homeless and at-risk veterans, and their family members.
Programs that Serve Children, Programs that Serve the ElderlyDestin Harvest distributes free foods to local agencies that designate services exclusively to at risk and food insecure children. Similarly, DH makes deliveries to elderly specific programs such as Meals on Wheels in Fort Walton Beach.
Bridging the Gap Between Food Surplus & Local Hunger
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Destin Harvest has never experienced the need as great as it is right now. All throughout NWFL, hundreds of families that depend on seasonal work have lost their fulltime income, or are now working minimum hours at reduced wages, due to the devastating economic damages incurred by Coronavirus.