How it works –
Destin Harvest has three active trucks that cover a total of four pick up routes throughout Okaloosa and Walton County. DH primarily receives food from grocery stores and similar food retailers in Destin, Santa Rosa Beach, Fort Walton, Niceville, Freeport, and Defuniak.
DH’s refrigerated box trucks secure roughly 4 to 6k pounds daily of fresh fruits, vegetables, meats, dairy items, breads, cakes, drinks, frozen foods, non-perishables, and many other high-quality surpluses. Those foods are distributed out the same day directly to 38 feeding programs all over both counties for free.
Many of the organizations that Destin Harvest provides food for are soup kitchens, food pantries and homeless shelters.
Destin Harvest focuses on a vast array of organizations that deal with people in the community who struggle on different levels. The organizations we provide food for are limited to those who have free feeding programs and within our geographic service area, which continues to grow.
If you represent an organization that can benefit from Destin Harvest and would like to become part of the delivery route, please make sure that your organization is within our geographic limits, fill out an application and contact us to schedule a meeting.
There are many concerns and general question when dealing with acquiring, transporting, and delivering foods. This page is dedicated to answering these questions. If you have a question that is not answered below, please feel free to contact us.
Q. What kind of foods do Destin Harvest distribute?
A. Destin Harvest receives and distributes out all food types from – frozen or raw meats, produce, frozen dinners, breads, pastries, dairy products, seafood, all non-alcoholic beverages and non-perishables. DH cannot accept foods that have already been plated and served, expired, expired meats that are not frozen, any foods with visible mold, or alcoholic beverages. Foods must be unopened and still be in an edible condition.
Q. Is my company safe to donate food? What if someone claims to getting sick, will my company be held liable?
A. Food donors in the state of Florida are protected by “Jack’s Lending a Helping Hand Act” and “The Good Samaritan Law” on a federal level. Destin Harvest has compiled all the documentation on both layers of protection into one document – please view our “what about liability” page for more information.
Destin Harvest is a food safe staff organization and is certified with the Florida Restaurant and Lodging Association (FRLA), and take the utmost care when transporting and dealing with foods. Our drivers have been trained and certified to work with food. To date, we have not had one case of anyone becoming sick or ill from donated foods.
Q. Who can donate foods?
A. Destin Harvest can only accept prepared and raw foods (excluding fresh produce) from certified food safe organizations and retailers. unopened canned and non-perishable items are acceptable and welcomed by anyone.