“I was delighted and honored to be the first chef to cook a meal for generous donors and supporters of Food For Thought,” says Justin Gaffrey. “Anytime I can help, especially giving back using hands-on skills, brings me exuberance. The children of our community are our future leaders, teachers, chefs and artists for South Walton. Anyway I can help engage them puts a smile in my heart!”
The Full Circle Kitchen is the fifth initiative from Food For Thought to fight child hunger in our community. Weekly backpacks, Holiday services, monthly snack programs in each classroom, the Garden Initiative, and now the Full Circle Kitchen. The Food For Thought organization estimates that next school year will increase to 2,500 students in 27 schools.
Food For Thought is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization that provides backpacks filled with healthy, easy to prepare food for students who are dependent on free or reduced school meals in Walton and Okaloosa counties. 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.
The Full Circle Kitchen was built inside the organization’s headquarters and was funding by OB Laurent Construction, Jim and Tammy Pierce and Howard Hospitality. Local high school students will be able to take cooking and nutrition classes in the Kitchen in the fall.
“The Full Circle Kitchen is also a place where local chefs can give back to the children too, like Justin Gaffrey did in March,” says Tiffanie Nelson, Food For Thought’s Founder and Executive Director. “The dinner was purchased during the ART of Giving auction in September as the first private dinner in the new Full Circle Kitchen and it was sold to Jim and Tammy Pierce and Steve and Lynn Dugas who brought along their friends to enjoy this special occasion raising thousands of dollars for Food For Thought children’s outreach!”