New Partnership Brings Healthy Meals to Destin Elementary School
June 14, 2013 by SoWal Staff
Food For Thought is a Walton County based, non-profit organization which provides school-aged children in need with backpacks of food. The organization will extend its services into Okaloosa County, specifically Destin Elementary School, in Fall 2013 through the new partnership and financial commitment from Beachy Beach 30A and Beachy Beach Destin Real Estate.
“We have been hopeful this expansion would happen for quite some time,” says Tiffanie Shelton, Founder and Director of Food for Thought. “Now, the financial and hands-on support from Beachy Beach will make Okaloosa County services possible and will potentially affect hundreds of children during the upcoming school year.”
Food For Thought has already begun the implementation of their program into the county’s first recipient, Destin Elementary School, where an estimated 300 students are eligible for services. Upon conclusion of the organization’s August enrollment, a firm count will be established.
“We offer enrollment into our program during the school year in August and December giving parents flexibility to commit,” notes Shelton. “We then coordinate delivery of the backpacks with the school’s teachers and administration.”
Beachy Beach’s partnership will further expand the capabilities of Food For Thought, providing the organization with an annual monetary donation helping with many fiscal needs. The partnership will also offer marketing and promotional services, social media and website coordination and volunteer support from Beachy Beach agents and employees. The agency’s Destin location will serve as a donation site; the first and only in Okaloosa County.
“Beachy Beach has been an avid supporter of Food For Thought since its beginning,” states Hilary Farnum, Broker and Owner, Beachy Beach Real Estate 30A and Destin. “Now after many fundraisers together, we are thrilled to commit long-term financial and volunteer support to Food For Thought for years to come.”
Food For Thought currently serves three Walton County Schools including Bay Elementary, Butler Elementary and Emerald Coast Middle School (ECMS) feeding an estimated 150 children weekly. Their services extend throughout the calendar school year and into the summer break.
How can you get involved?
In celebration of the Okaloosa County expansion, Beachy Beach Real Estate extends an invitation to Destin-area residents to join in the fun at their “PB+J Soiree” pantry fundraiser, Tuesday, June 25 from 4-7 p.m. The event will be held at the Beachy Beach Destin office at 200 Calusa Blvd, next to the Destin Surgery Center.
“The expansion into Okaloosa County will require a great deal of supplies, volunteers and overall support for Food For Thought,” says Farnum. “This event is a fun way to introduce this impressive organization to the Destin community while encouraging volunteer involvement and donations.”
For more information and to learn about becoming a volunteer, please visit foodforthoughtfl.org.
About Food For Thought
Food For Thought is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Santa Rosa Beach, Florida, that provides backpacks filled with healthy, easy-to-prepare food to children dependent on regular school meals. Our goal is to offer a healthy and kid-friendly alternative through fresh fruit, whole grains and proteins that not only feeds each child, but supports their nutrition and overall development. Food For Thought has been helping children in Walton County, Florida since 2010 and will begin serving in Okaloosa County in Fall 2013. With community support, the organization plans to expand into neighboring counties helping more children each year.
About Beachy Beach 30A and Beach Beach Destin
Beachy Beach 30A and Beachy Beach Destin are two full-service boutique companies that provide Real Estate services in Walton and Okaloosa counties from sales to luxury vacation rentals. For more information visit 30A@beachybeach.com or call 850-231-3060.