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Food For Thought Outreach

Food For Thought is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Santa Rosa Beach, FL that provides backpacks filled with healthy, easy to prepare food for students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals. Our goal is to support a child’s development and educational experience by bridging the gap between school meals during weekends and holiday breaks.  

Food For Thought has been working to fight child hunger since 2010, and currently serves 23 schools in Walton and Okaloosa Counties, providing backpacks for 1,700 students each week. Not knowing where your next meal is coming from is something no one should have to worry about. Especially if you're a kid. Food insecurity is an every moment feeling, and children are most vulnerable. Food for Thought Outreach has set out to fill the childhood hunger gap in a respectful and positive way.

Founder Tiffanie Shelton’s business acumen, work ethic, and unshakable determination are essential skills when it comes to her leadership role at the organization she founded. However it is her remarkable faith and innate need to help others, while providing the community with a place to serve, that gives her a true sense of fulfillment.

One student wrote, “Thank you for all of the snacks that you have provided us with. I personally appreciate it because applesauce is brain food and it kept me going and believing in myself that I can do it. Thank you so much.”

As food insecurity is an ongoing problem, so too is Food for Thought’s need for support. You can help!

“It’s very easy to help and make a direct impact right here in our community,” Tiffanie says.

5 Things You Can Do to Help Now

1. Volunteer Food for Thought welcomes volunteers of all ages every week.
2. Sponsor a Child You can donate online at
3. Business Sponsorships Financial or in kind partnerships are available with monthly, quarterly, and yearly opportunities.
4. Support Food Drives Food drives held during Back to School, Holiday, and Spring. 
5. Attend Food for Thought Events: Stock the Pantry, Golf Tournament, Art of Giving and more throughout the year.

Food For Thought pantries are now at two locations:
Santa Rosa Beach Pantry @ 132 Market St
Destin Pantry @ 908 Airport Road

Corporate Sponsors are invaluable to the mission and work at Food For Thought.  Their financial contribution helps reach fundraising goals and their volunteer hours help serve the mission.  Thank you for your support! Become a volunteer by attending a volunteer outreach meeting to hear about volunteer opportunities.

Follow Food For Thought Outreach Inc on Facebook for food drives, fundraising events, volunteer opportunities and news about their expanding services and locations in South Walton and Destin, Florida.  Visit for more information and donate! 


For more information, such as donation locations, pantry items needed, and opportunities to volunteer, please email or call 850-290-4056.



Are you doing anything else this year to help Hurricane Irma victims? Pantry stocking?

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