Food For Thought Outreach’s “2013 Restock the Pantry” is underway through Feb. 28.



This six-week food drive with the help of area small businesses will help continue the mission of Tiffanie Shelton, a local Walton County resident and founder of the organization.



According to the USDA, 1 out of 10 of school children experience “food insecurity”, i.e, they do not know the source of their next meal.



Food for Thought Outreach wants to end that problem here locally so that children can be concerned about what they are learning in science, not the rumble in their stomachs.



This 501c3 organization for the last few years has been filling the backpacks of participants with easy to prepare meals so that the children can have access to food over the weekends, when school is not in session.



Founder Shelton says at this point they are packing more than 600 bags of food a month and going through more than 3,500 food items per month. Shelton hopes with the help of businesses like Proffitt PR, that helped raise more than $12,000 for the organization with last month’s GNO at Marlin Grill, will continue their generous efforts so that 2013 is a success.



Shelton knows that not everyone has thousands of dollars, but everyone has a couple of containers of peanut butter. The food items that are needed are peanut butter (no glass containers), jelly, pop-top soup, pop-top chicken or tuna, granola bars, fruit cups, snack crackers and breakfast bars.



Drop off locations for Restock the Pantry include Duckies Shop of Fun, Beachy Beach 30A Real Estate, SoWal Pilates, Rosemary Beach Real Estate and Pizza By the Sea.



Shelton’s goals for 2013, “We hope to expand our reach in Walton County this year, doubling the number of children we serve.”



If you would like to learn more about how to help Food for Thought Outreach or donate online, visit www.foodforthoughtfl.org.