Local Support Dinner at La Paz in Destin

Local Support Initiative

Dinner at La Paz

May 13th 2018

6:00 pm


950 Gulf Shore DR., Destin, FL 32541



Destin Harvest invites local business owners and active members of the community to a fajita dinner generously hosted by La Paz on Sunday night, May 13th. We’ll be sharing highlights from the past decade 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.


for more information contact: chris@destinharvest.org 850.650.8109


Dugas Family Foundation – $50k Challenge Grant

Destin Harvest has been awarded a $50,000 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 $50,000!

Dugas Family Foundation

The challenge grant awarded by Dugas Family Foundation serves a major aid to DH, since we have a great need for more recurring donations from local businesses and individual donors. As food volume increases, the cost to maintain all three pick-up routes increases. Recurring donations are funds DH can truly rely on each month and this grant provides a fantastic opportunity to maximize those donations.

Those seeking to help us reach our goal of $50,000 can do so by making a one-time or recurring donation online at https://secure.donationpay.org/destinharvest/ (http://www.destinharvest.org)

We also accept cash and check donations and can be mailed to:

Destin Harvest
625 Harbor Blvd. Unit 9
Destin FL, 32541

Any and all support for this challenge grant is deeply appreciated.

Corporate sponsorship inquiries please call (850) 650-8109 or email at chris@destinharvest.org.

Silver Sands Premium Outlets Sponsors DH Fall 2014

Silver Sands Premium Outlets http://www.premiumoutlets.com/silversands

Silver Sands Premium Outlets has chosen Destin Harvest to be one of many sponsored local non profits for 2014. It is a tremendous honor to have earned their support for our mission to end hunger in Northwest Florida. Their sponsorship will allow DH to deliver nearly 7,000 meals to over 35 feeding programs in Okaloosa and Walton County. To learn more about Silver Sands Premium Outlets, please refer to the link for their website above.

Darden Community Grant


Destin Harvest and Darden Restaurants Partner to Advance Hunger Relief in Crestview Florida


Destin, Florida – March 21, 2014 – Destin Harvest, local food rescue organization, today announced it has been selected to receive a $4,000 grant as part of the Restaurant Community Grants program from the Darden Restaurants Foundation, Inc., the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants. The grants program, now in its third year, empowers each restaurant in the Darden family of brands to help award a $1,000 grant to support local community programs. The donation will enable Destin Harvest’s project to continue supplementing feeding programs in Crestview, focusing on rural areas north of Highway 90.


Darden’s Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House brands participated in the program. Many restaurants and brands worked together to award one nonprofit organization with a larger grant and make a greater impact in their community. Nonprofits receiving grants support one of Darden’s three key focus areas: education, preservation of natural resources and hunger relief.


Destin Harvest is fortunate to receive this support each year from Darden. They have been loyal to our mission to eliminate local hunger and have been committed to our involvement in Crestview and working with vital programs that serve the hungry.”


We strive to make a positive impact in all the communities our restaurants serve,” said Gene Lee, Darden’s president and chief operating officer. “Our employees are incredibly passionate about getting directly involved in their local communities, and our Restaurant Community Grants program enables each of our restaurant teams to make a difference right in their own backyard.”


These funds cover the operational cost for DH to deliver foods to at least six feeding programs in Crestview for one year. DH has been committed to this effort for five years and Darden has been supporting the effort each step of the way.


For more information about the Darden Foundation, please visit www.dardenfoundation.com. For additional information on Destin Harvest please visit www.destinharvest.org.



About Destin Harvest

Destin Harvest is a non-profit food harvest organization servicing Okaloosa and Walton County. Our organization employs a fleet of refrigerated trucks to harvest high volume food donations from local grocery stores, restaurants, and wholesalers. Foods that are harvested by our refrigerated trucks are delivered directly to over 40 active feeding programs in Okaloosa and Walton County the same day for free. Our trucks pick up from 23 regular food donors and operate six days a week and distribute over 50,000 pounds a month.


About Darden Restaurants

Darden Restaurants, Inc., (NYSE: DRI), owns and operates more than 2,100 restaurants that generate over $8.5 billion in annual sales. Headquartered in Orlando, Fla., and employing more than 200,000 people, Darden is recognized for a culture that rewards caring for and responding to people. In 2014, Darden was named to the FORTUNE “100 Best Companies to Work For” list for the fourth year in a row. Our restaurant brands – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House – reflect the rich diversity of those who dine with us. Our brands are built on deep insights into what our guests want. For more information, please visit www.darden.com.


The Darden Foundation
The Darden Restaurants, Inc. Foundation is the charitable arm of Darden Restaurants, Inc. The Darden Foundation’s mission is to maintain a spirit of service and community engagement as defining characteristics of Darden’s family of restaurants – Red Lobster, Olive Garden, LongHorn Steakhouse, Bahama Breeze, Seasons 52, The Capital Grille, Eddie V’s and Yard House. Since 1995, the Darden Foundation has awarded more than $71 million in grants to leading nonprofit organizations that align with its mission and community priorities: Recipe for Success®, Preservation of Natural Resources and Good Neighbor grants. Through the Darden Harvest program, Darden Restaurants has also donated more than 66 million pounds of food to hunger relief agencies across the U.S. and Canada. In 2011, the Darden Foundation introduced the Restaurant Community Grants program that is dedicated to supporting local nonprofit organizations in the hundreds of communities where we live and serve. For more information, please visit www.dardenfoundation.com.

Impact 100 of Northwest Florida Awards OHC $110k

Destin Harvest, and its Okaloosa Hunger Coalition program, has been voted to receive local support from Impact 100 of Northwest Florida for 2014. The generous foundation of 220 women will release a total of $110,000 to Destin Harvest to purchase a good late model refrigerated truck, fund one of our weekly pick up / delivery routes in 2014, and award six of our recipient feeding programs in Okaloosa County with two walk in cooler / freezers, commercial refrigerators and freezers, and back up generators to ensure appropriate storage of donated foods. It is truly a great honor for the combined efforts of Destin Harvest, and all programs within our feeding network, to directly benefit from this tremendous support.

To learn more about Impact 100 of Northwest Florida and how to have your local program sponsored, visit http://impactnwf.org/.