Rotary, State Farm partner for Thanksgiving food drive

rotarystatefarm.jpegHOLT, Fla., Oct. 5, 2018—The Rotary Club of Crestview and Tiffany Woodham State Farm are joining efforts to help the Holt Community Food Pantry provide Thanksgiving meals to less-fortunate families.

The two are hosting a food drive from now until Nov. 15 with a goal of providing 150 dinner boxes to the Holt pantry for this year’s Thanksgiving meal.

The Holt Community Food Pantry services the Holt, Baker, Milligan and Escambia Farms area and provides food to an average of 150 families per month, according to pantry manager Donna Ash.

That number is up from 2016 when the pantry averaged 90 families a month.

Most of the support the pantry receives is provided through donations of both money and food, said Ash.

The Crestview Rotary assisted Holt’s pantry this past year by providing cooking classes designed toward low-income families. And in June, Samma Brannon, former Crestview Rotary president, presented the pantry with a $4,000 check on behalf of the organization.

Tiffany Woodham, the newest State Farm agent in the area and a Rotarian, moved to Crestview in January. She approached Brannon about helping the Holt pantry after hearing Brannon talk about the number of families the pantry serves.

“I initially hoped to be able to contribute 25 boxes from my office as a first-year contribution, but with the help of Rotary and Samma, we thought, ‘wouldn’t it be amazing if we could take care of all 150?’” she said.  “So that’s our goal.”

The boxes from this food drive will contain a complete Thanksgiving meal, including the turkey.

Box contents include:

  • Boxed instant potatoes
  • Canned gravy
  • Stuffing mix
  • Canned green beans
  • Cream of mushroom soup
  • Fried onions
  • Canned pumpkin pie filling
  • Canned cranberry sauce
  • Graham cracker pie crust
  • Turkey

As part of the drive, Woodham is matching canned food donations on a one-for-one basis, she said.

“It really made sense as a ‘good neighbor’ to work with Rotary and help give families the Thanksgiving dinner they deserve,” Woodham said. “It’s a time for family and fellowship and everyone deserves to enjoy it.”

The Rotary hopes to repeat the food drive in December with Christmas boxes, Brannon said.

“The need is there,” she said. “We’ve just got to get the right people aware of it so that need can be met.”

Donations toward this food drive can be dropped off now through Nov. 15 at Tiffany Woodham State Farm located at 938 N. Ferdon Blvd. in Crestview.

Questions can be directed to Tiffany Woodham at 850-306-2024 or at

The Holt Community Food Pantry, located at 521 Southside Dr., is open every Wednesday from 9 a.m. to noon.

Registered visitors can receive dried goods, dairy, meat, breads and other items once a month from the pantry.

Stephanie Holcombe

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