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1.59 Million Pounds of Food Distributed in 2023!

Destin Harvest connected 1,593,491 pounds of food to 39 feeding programs in Okaloosa and Walton County for the year 2023! DH’s biggest food contributors include almost all the major food retailers in both counties. Some of DH’s biggest recipient programs include Children in Crisis, Church on the Bay on 331, Seventh-day Adventist in FWB, Crestview, and Defuniak, One Hopeful Place, Catholic Charities, Meals on Wheels, Live Oak Baptist of Crestview, Black Creek United Methodist Church, Shalimar United Methodist Bread House, S4P Synergy of FWB, Salvation Army, Freeport Community Food Program, Chataqua Healthcare Services, Crestview Area Shelter for Homeless, Blue Door at St Andrews by the Sea, Westminster Presbyterian, Holt Community Pantry, and Sharing and Caring of FWB. These local programs each received at least 30k pounds of food from DH’s deliveries last year and many of them at least double that!

For the year, DH distributed roughly 570k lbs of frozen meats, 425k lbs produce, 330k lbs bakery and bread, 190k lbs non-perishable / dry goods, 55k lbs of dairy, and 20k pounds of frozen foods.

Please Consider Making a Contribution  

DH struggles to maintain consistent funding after the holidays. We are still recovering from expensive truck repairs last quarter. DH needed those funds for fuel, regular maintenance, insurance, drivers wages, and other operation costs.

If you are not already supporting DH on an annual or monthly basis, I would like to encourage you to consider the impact your donation would have locally on those who are in real need of food assistance throughout the year. DH currently has a matching opportunity for all contributions under $15k. Meaning for every dollar you can donate to DH this year, it will be matched by our private benefactor. This is a tremendous way to maximize your support for DH and the many feeding programs served in Okaloosa and Walton County.

Please consider setting up a monthly or one-time contribution today at

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/destin-harvest-inc

or mail check to:

Destin Harvest, Inc

625 Harbor Blvd. Unit 9

Destin, FL 32541

We greatly appreciate all of your who already support DH on a regular basis!

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Recipient Programs Collectively Contribute $9,500 to DH

At the last quarter of 2023, DH sent a soft request to recipient feeding programs to raise contributions for DH. From that simple request, DH’s programs raised a total of $9,508 for DH’s operation!

A huge thank you to Shalimar United Methodist Church (Bread House), St Andrews by the Sea (Blue Door Ministries), Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Harvest House, Fresh Start, One Hopeful Place, Westminster Presbyterian Church, S4P Synergy Inc, Youth Village, and Seventh Day Adventist of Crestview for their willingness to give back to DH in 2023. Their contributions will be matched at 100 percent by DH’s private benefactor!

DH will continue to seek support from local feeding programs that receive weekly deliveries from DH in 2024.

Local churches and organizations looking for a way to help combat local hunger should really consider establishing a monthly or annual contribution to DH. Having connected 1.59 million pounds of food to 39 local feeding programs in 2023, DH and active programs are currently making a huge difference in Okaloosa and Walton County, but we need more support! Please consider the impact and distance your donation will have connecting surplus foods to those with the greatest need in our communities.

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/destin-harvest-inc

And if you want to make a substantial contribution ($1000 +), to avoid heavy processing fees please consider sending a check to:

Destin Harvest, Inc

625 Harbor Blvd. Unit 9

Destin, Florida 32541



All individual contributions under $15k will be matched 100% by a private benefactor!!

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Thank You Publix Super Markets Charities!

Destin Harvest was awarded a $5k check in November through a grant provided by Publix Super Markets Charities! These funds are designated in support of Food Rescue and Distribution. This has been a huge help to our operation as we have experienced several financial hardships with our trucks in 2023. DH is truly grateful for this generous contribution. Thank you Publix Super Markets Charities!

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Matching Grant Opportunity

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%. This is an awesome time to make a contribution to Destin Harvest.

You can donate using Credit Card, PayPal, or Apple Pay directly using the link below

https://secure.givelively.org/donate/destin-harvest-inc

You can also send a check to our office at:

Destin Harvest, Inc

625 Harbor Blvd. Unit 9

Destin, FL 32541

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Thank You Florida Power and Lights

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!

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Thank You First Nation Group!

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!!

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Thank You Integrity Chiropractic!

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!

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DH Advocate Teaches Food Resourcefulness Class

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.

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Bridging the Gap 2022

Destin Harvest delivers strawberry milk

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.

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Thank You For Recent Support

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.

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