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Destin Harvest Receives $50,000 Challenge Grant

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Destin Harvest, the local food rescue and distribution agency, has been presented a $50,000 challenge grant from the Dugas Family Foundation. The grant incentivizes local donors to contribute to Destin Harvest by guaranteeing that every dollar—up to $50,000—is matched by the foundation.


Per terms of the grant, all proceeds must be used for operating expenses, such as truck fuel, truck insurance, truck and refrigerator maintenance, and driver wages for 2018.


Destin Harvest captures over 140,000 pounds of food every month from local grocery stores and food retailers in Santa Rosa Beach, Destin and Fort Walton Beach. Using three refrigerated box trucks, DH picks up from these donors daily and then distributes the fresh and frozen meats, dairy, produce, and non-perishables for free the same day to feeding programs in Fort Walton Beach, Crestview, DeFuniak Springs, Destin and Santa Rosa Beach.


DH has been actively providing this service to the community for 10 years now, bridging the gap between food surplus and hunger.


The challenge grant awarded by Dugas Family Foundation presents a major aid to Destin Harvest, as the program works very hard to acquire more recurring donations from local businesses and small donors. As food volume increases, the cost to maintain all three pickup routes increases. Recurring donations are funds Destin Harvest can truly rely on each month, and this grant provides a fantastic opportunity to maximize those donations.


Those seeking to help Destin Harvest reach its goal of matching all $50,000 can do so by making a one-time or recurring donation at

Cash and check donations can be mailed to Destin Harvest, 625 Harbor Boulevard Unit 9, Destin, FL 32541.

– Chris Leavenworth
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