HOLT, Fla., June 20, 2018–The Holt Community Food Pantry received a donation from the Rotary Club of Crestview today.
Rotary President Samma Brannon presented a check for $4,257.79 to workers today before the pantry opened for business.
The check was the remainder of a $6,000 grant used for a free small-scale hands-on cooking class offered last October at the pantry for low-income individuals and families, Brannon said.
The five-week program was presented by University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension Office in partnership with the Rotary Club of Crestview and the First Baptist Church of Holt’s Feeding Outreach ministry.
The class was designed to teach individuals how to cook healthy, low-cost family meals with everything needed for the class provided, including the ingredients to make a family meal, cooking utensils and supplies.
“The Rotary Club provided the money and supplies and the pantry provided the place and the food for the classes,” Brannon said.
While manager Donna Ash was there to accept the check on behalf of the pantry, 10 volunteer workers were on hand for the presentation.
In addition to the money donated by the Rotary Club, the pantry receives free food donations from Destin Harvest and various smaller food drives by churches and area schools. From time to time, local farmers or families with gardens donate summer produce as well.
“We feed an average of about 150 families at the pantry per month from donations,” Ash said.
The pantry, located at 521 Southside Dr., is open Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
“Volunteers are welcome,” said Ash.