Little girl with bag of food. Hunger in Okaloosa and Walton County is a very real issue for children, families, active duty military, and retired veterans struggling each day just to satisfy basic needs. For a young child, outside of school hours, to be without food is a hidden reality faced everyday by teachers, churches, shelters, and other local service programs. And for a working mother to go hungry sacrificing a package of noodles, or frozen dinner, just to feed her child is also a dim reality that goes frequently unseen.

Destin Harvest bridges the gap between food surplus and food insecurity each month by capturing over 140,000 pounds of fresh and frozen meats, dairy items, breads and pastries, fruits, vegetables, and nonperishable items and then distributes it all for free to local feeding programs in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, Holt, Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, and Defuniak Springs. DH distributed over 1.7 million pounds of food last year to 40 feeding programs in Okaloosa and Walton County. DH’s operation is exceptionally efficient since it doesn’t warehouse or store any of the food picked up on a daily basis. Every pound of food is distributed out to the community the same day!

Destin Harvest’s role in the community — rescuing high-volume food surplus from local grocery retailers and restaurants, and distributing it all out for free to 40 local organizations that serve thousands of  hardworking local families and individuals — is tremendously valuable. For more information about our organization or how we operate please refer to  About Us.  If you have any questions about our operation please contact us and we’ll make sure to get back to you!

Together, we can make a difference, one meal at a time.


Dugas Family Foundation Challenge Grant

Destin Harvest has been awarded a $50k challenge grant from the Dugas Family Foundation to be used exclusively for operating expenses, such as truck fuel, truck insurance, truck and refrigerator maintenance, and driver wages for 2018. The grant incentivizes local donors to contribute to DH by matching every dollar raised, up to $50k! To learn more about the grant and how your monetary donation to Destin Harvest can be matched by this generous foundation click here.


Escape Zone 60 Fundraiser

Have FUN in an escape room while benefiting DH and your community. For the entire month of November, Escape Zone 60 will donate $5 per person, for everyone signing up at our Fort Walton Beach location using promotional code DH17, back to Destin Harvest.

Now is the best time to come check out the escape room craze sweeping the Nation and at the same time help a long term community non-profit.

Click here to book now! and use promotional code DH17.


La Paz – Local Support Dinner May 13th

Destin Harvest invites local business owners and active members of the community to a fajita dinner generously hosted by La Paz on Saturday night, May 13th. We’ll be sharing highlights from the past 10 years of local food rescue and hunger relief efforts, and speaking on our commitment, and the ongoing need, to continue. We aim to shed light on the sad, hungry reality facing hundreds of families in our own county and what’s currently being done to address it. Please come out and eat with us, and learn how you can help.


Destin Harvest’s Major Sponsors

 

Dugas Family FoundationHarbor Docks, Destin FloridaImpact 100 of Northwest Florida