History

DH has been in operation since 2007. The program originally started out with one truck picking up foods from local restaurants. At the time, DH was picking up maybe a couple thousand pounds of food a month. By 2010, DH started picking up foods directly from grocery stores and food volume skyrocketed. DH has continued to conduct food rescue with local grocery stores and food retailers in Destin, and since has added all retailers in Santa Rosa Beach, Defuniak, Fort Walton Beach, and Niceville.

Destin Harvest's first food truck with Willie, Mike, and Chris

Types of Feeding Programs

Destin Harvest distributes foods directly to food pantries, shelters, meals on wheels, kids programs, churches that host food giveaways, and various other programs in Okaloosa and Walton County

Destin Harvest Bridges The Gap Between Food Surplus & Local Hunger.

Why We Do It

DH's Executive Director delivering case of food to church in Crestview

Every day thousands of Floridians go hungry. Some are sick, unemployed, or homeless. Many are elderly. Many are in working families, military, or retired veterans.

Yet each day thousands of pounds of good, fresh food are thrown away in our community. However grocery stores and food retailers are able to donate their “unexpected overages” without hesitating about liability. Destin Harvest delivers the wholesome food immediately to agencies feeding those in need in Okaloosa and Walton counties.

Who We Serve

Feeding Program Volunteer in Defuniak

Destin Harvest’s objective is to effectively supplement all qualifying feeding programs, such as soup kitchens, food pantries and homeless shelters, within Okaloosa and Walton County with free nutritious foods.

Meeting a New Need

There are more people in need of food all over the United States than ever before. Meeting this need has prompted new strategies for securing more volume than ever and setting up smart and efficient drive through food giveaways to feed thousands of food insecure families and service workers without jobs.

Donate Now

Become a harvest advocate today! Help us bridge the gap between food surplus and local hunger in NWFL.

Our Staff and Board of Directors

Destin Harvest is a small organization making a profound impact on food insecurity along the panhandle of Florida.

  • Executive Director

    Chris Leavenworth

  • Program Coordinator

    Karl Wiggins

Board of Directors

  • President
  • Charles Morgan

  • Treasurer
  • Jackie Lavin

  • Vice President
  • Chatham Morgan

  • Director of Marketing & Community Relations
  • Tarra Destin

  • Secretary
  • Heather Davis