Through the coordinated effort of Destin HarvestUnited Way Emerald CoastNorthwest Florida FairFort Walton Beach Police DepartmentBigun’s Hope Disaster Response Services inc, and others, 30,000 pounds of fresh veggies and fruit were distributed out 300 to 400 cars and several local churches and feeding programs this morning. The produce was made available through the USDA Farmers to Families Food Box program. We plan to continue this effort at the fairgrounds for as long as the resources last and the need prevails. We are truly fortunate for the leadership and coordination of all our community partners!

This new program is one of three ways DH is responding to the mass hunger needs created by the local economic damages of COVID-19.

To learn more about what DH is doing to address rampant food insecurity in Okaloosa and Walton County in response to the Coronavirus, click on the link below.

To make a donation for COVID-19 Hunger Response CLICK HERE

Here are some pictures and videos of the event this past Saturday at the Northwest Florida Fairgrounds.

Snapshot of USDA Farmers to Families Food Box Giveaway at NWFL Fairgrounds
Forklifting pallets of mixed fruits and veggies off City Produce’s trailer.
Loading up the trunks of cars with boxes straight from the pallets
All 1,200 boxes had the same 25 lbs. of apples, oranges, grapefruit, potatoes, and onions
United Way of Emerald Coast, Destin Harvest, Biggun’s Hope, and Parker Destin.