Food For Thought in Walton County is one of six food banks to receive grant money from the Walmart Foundation. A total of $100,000 will be given out to help rural food banks improve their infrastructure. That includes expanding how much food they can store and serve and coaching from public health specialists on nutrition. Living Healthy in Florida’s Karla Shelnutt:
“COVID-19 has resulted in a significant increase in the unemployment rate in Florida, which has led to more and more families visiting food banks and pantries for assistance. Many of these programs have been unable to meet this increase in demand.”
Shelnutt says the grant money will help rural food banks meet that demand. Funding will go to banks in Flagler, Highlands, Levy, Putnam, and Palm Beach Counties.