Destin Harvest has been presented a truly valuable opportunity to maximize monetary donations. For every contribution made by an individual donor under $15k, DH has a private benefactor who will match the contribution 100%. If you are considering making a donation for $500. It will immediately become a $1000 donation to DH’s operation. This is an awesome time to make a contribution to Destin Harvest.
Destin Harvest and recipient feeding programs are truly grateful for a recent contribution from Florida Power and Light (FPL) in the amount of $5,000! This donation makes the difference of 29,400 pounds of food DH will distribute to 40 feeding programs in Okaloosa and Walton County! The impact DH has on local hunger would not be possible if not for the generous support of sponsors such as Florida Power and Light!
Destin Harvest and recipient feeding programs are truly grateful for a recent contribution from First Nation Group in the amount of $5,000! This donation makes the difference of 29,400 pounds of food DH will distribute to 40 feeding programs in Okaloosa and Walton County! The impact DH has on local hunger would not be possible if not for the generous support of sponsors such as First Nation Group!
This loaded DH truck represents a small fraction of the entire difference First Nation Group’s contribution makes!!
DH received a generous contribution from Integrity Chiropractic last week from their Get Well program which benefits a different local charity each month. Their donation will make the difference of 2,888 meals this month!
DH is piloting a nutritional education program to assist residents of local shelters with valuable information on how to prepare food cost effectively. Mariah Reynolds, a local teacher and community advocate with years of food knowledge, has passionately spearheaded the initiative and organized the first class earlier this week at F.R.E.S.H Start, a comprehensive educational, vocational, and economic housing program in Fort Walton Beach. A total of 12 women from the program attended the class.
Mariah provided folders and info-sheets on multiple recipes including how to prepare and roast a whole chicken, Chicken Soup with Rice and Noodles, and Italian Bean Stew. She also included safe handling tips and techniques on additional sheets.
DH brought a chicken 🙂
The whole room was truly engaged with the content and happy to have a discussion about food and food preparation. It makes a big difference for those attending to simply have something like this course to look forward to.
DH is grateful for Mariah’s passion to make this effort a reality. She is planning more of these classes throughout the year. We are so excited.
Food security is becoming less maintainable for families and individuals all over. The rising cost of virtually everything has driven more to feeding programs for assistance. DH and its retail food donors are challenged by supply chain shortages. Chronic hunger is developing into a much more pronounced and difficult situation to manage.
One in six children in the state of Florida faces food insecurity daily. Those suffering from chronic hunger in Florida require an additional $1.4 billion just to have enough food each year
DH just released its 2021 Annual Report. Click the link to learn more about hunger in Okaloosa and Walton County and DH’s operation for the past year.
Feeding programs are really struggling to meet the needs of their clients. There are simply not as much foods available as there once was. Since the end of February, DH has distributed 169,500 pounds of food for the year. DH is accustomed to moving 200k to 250k pounds a month. What we are experiencing is a significant decrease in food volume.
DH and Feeding the Gulf Coast have been meeting with various stores and their departments to educate about our program and remind them how much their contributions are appreciated. DH continues to work with FTGC to secure more stores.
DH has been fortunate to receive some outstanding contributions from local businesses and supporters in February and March. We would like to show our appreciation for Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, BE-CI, Fifth Generation, Inc., among our loyal individual donors for their generous support.
Also big thank you to all our food donors and friends in the community that help DH mobilize food to feeding programs.
Today was a particularly special Veterans Day for Destin Harvest. Pam Powers, Destin resident, Retired Navy Chief Petty Officer, celebrated her birthday today by donating 20 turkeys and multiple bags of purchased groceries in the rain to DH. We are immensely grateful to those who serve, have served, and continue to serve in retirement.
Her donation will be distributed out today to recipient feeding programs in Okaloosa and Walton County. There will be numerous struggling households locally this Thanksgiving with plenty of good food on the table because of Pam’s awesome deed.
Feeding the Gulf Coast reached out to DH this week in effort to mobilize two 40k lb. freight-loads of food overages from distribution centers in Louisiana after Hurricane Ida into Okaloosa and Walton County. DH connected with The Matrix Community Outreach Center in Defuniak Springs to see if they would organize a distribution in Walton County to distribute the food directly to local feeding programs. DH organized the same effort in Okaloosa County. A total of 17 feeding programs showed up with pick up trucks, trailers, and U-hauls at Northwest Florida Fairgrounds and Defuniak Fairgrounds to receive all 80k pounds of food in the rain Wednesday morning. This was truly a massive aid to local hunger relief efforts in two counties.
We are grateful and honored to announce that Destin Harvest has received a $5k matching grant from First Nation Group! This is a tremendous contribution to our operation and a great opportunity for others to make a donation in tandem! Every fourteen cents covers the operating cost for one pound of food, or meal, DH is able to deliver for free to feeding programs in NWFL! Thank you First Nation Group!!
Destin Harvest is a small hunger relief team that operates strictly by mobilizing large volumes of fresh and nonperishable foods for free to food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, churches, and similar efforts throughout Okaloosa and Walton County. DH distributes over 100k pounds of food for free to 38 feeding programs every month.