The St. Joe Community Foundation is excited to announce that in only the second year of the program, Walton County elementary students raised $54,312.50 for the local non-profit Food for Thought Outreach through the “Read to Feed” initiative. The Read to Feed initiative grants $0.25 to Food for Thought Outreach for each accelerated reader test with a score of 80% and above completed by a Walton County School District elementary student. The St. Joe Community Foundation donates the funds that Food for Thought Outreach will use to provide free lunches to Walton County students in need.
“We challenged the students of Walton County to step up their efforts in order to support their friends and classmates, and they came through in a big way,” said The St. Joe Community Foundation Executive Director April Wilkes. “This program not only supports Food for Thought Outreach in their mission, but it also simultaneously encourages reading and scholastic achievement. We are proud to be a part of it.”
With the end of the school year, Food for Thought outreach will transition into their Summer Services beginning June 5th! FFT will be ready to serve Walton and Okaloosa counties across 5 distribution locations with 75% fresh food for the family. Last year, the group distributed 55 cases of fresh produce each week and over 8,000 Lunchables and cheese snacks per month. See how you can help support the FFT summer efforts below. #youcanhelp a family in need by donating using the link below or text FFTFRESH to 44321. You can feed a whole family for the week for just $40. Make an even bigger impact and choose to feed a family for the entire summer.
If your business or organization would like to help make a positive impact within the community, we have summer sponsorship opportunities available. Your business can help empower us to:
•Distribute 75% fresh items for the summer.