Many Non-Profit Organizations Give a Helping Hand this Holiday Season

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Hundreds of Walton and Okaloosa County residents struggle with food insecurity every single day.

"We have some programs that feed up to 350 people and some that feed 60 to 70,” said Chris Leavenworth, Executive Director for Destin Harvest. “Some are feeding people five days a week and some are doing food handouts once a week. But all together people are working as a network and we are pulling together the food that we generate in the community to people who need it."

Destin Harvest has been buying food from stores to go to local food pantries, soup kitchens and churches for Thanksgiving.

"This Thanksgiving we are receiving a lot of produce, picking up a lot of food from our donors and handing them out,” said Leavenworth.

In northern Walton, the Caring and Sharing organization is stocking it's shelves and preparing Thanksgiving baskets for those who need an extra hand.

"This year we changed it up a little bit, our employees are actually making the baskets,” said Bethany Ledbetter, Director for Caring and Sharing. “We are all donating certain items and we are going to feed six families. Then Caring and Sharing will be donating the turkeys."

Destin Harvest gets most of its food through donations.

Caring and Sharing spends its donations to support the pantry.

But both organizations are trying to accomplish the same goal.

Destin Harvest will be participating again this year at Harbor Docks free Thanksgiving dinner.