who we are
Ft Walton Beach Sharing & Caring Center
Sharing & Caring opened its doors on January 2, 1985 as an emergency food bank providing a basic staple of foods for needy individuals and families. Originally established in a building donated by the First Baptist Church of Fort Walton Beach, we relocated to 126 Beal Parkway in June 1992. Our current building and land, leased from First Presbyterian Church, were renovated extensively by volunteer labor and generous donations from the community. We are an emergency food bank providing a basic staple of foods for needy individuals and families. In addition to food, we provide assistance with prescription medication, personal care items and clothing vouchers. We are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. We close at 11:30 am on the the third Monday of each month for a general membership meeting and on Federal Holidays. Click here for the new 2013 Brochure
Sharing & Caring Inc. is a food source for the needy. Food is available to anyone in Okaloosa County who qualifies within our guidelines. Clients are greeted by a member of our welcome desk who assists with check in, paperwork, and general inquiries about services. Our trained volunteers then interview each client and perform a complete evaluation of the needs of the individual or family. Finally, our dedicated pantry staff manages our food inventory and fulfills each order based on client requirements. Our clients include families, children, seniors, the homeless, and those unemployed; they are often referred to us by churches, other social agencies or word of mouth. Clients may receive pantry items once every 30 days. The food assistance is intended to be a supplement; groceries provided typically supply meals for around three days. We also offer bagged lunches every Friday to those in need. A basic menu of food staples is given, including canned vegetables and fruits, pasta, beans, rice, canned tuna, peanut butter, eggs, milk, and other products, depending on availability. In addition to groceries provided, baby supplies and personal care products may be available. Availability of these items is contingent upon donations made by the community. They are not part of our standard stock. Although our primary goal is to provide food for those in need, Sharing & Caring offers outreach services, as well. Through networking, we can often refer a client to other resources for clothing, eyeglasses, household goods, shelter, or job opportunities. Additionally, we dedicate considerable resources to helping clients address their health care needs. Our Pettengill Prescription Program provides individuals with monetary vouchers to be redeemed at local pharmacies. These vouchers oftentimes cover the total cost of their medications or, at a minimum, significantly offset the expense associated with filling their prescriptions. Our partnership with the Okaloosa County Health Department has enabled us to work together as a team to qualify client needs and provide education about health care options, including free medication assistance programs, community medical services, and resources available directly through the Health Department, such as the One Problem Clinic. Through our continued relationship, we promote and support a healthier community. We are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. We close at 11:30 am on the third Monday of each month for a general membership meeting and on Federal Holidays. Click here for the new 2013 Brochure
Volunteers & Donations
Sharing & Caring, Inc. is operated entirely by over 70 volunteers. We are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 2:00 pm. We close at 11:30 am on the third Monday of each month for a general membership meeting and on Federal Holidays. Sharing & Caring relies upon contributions and pledges from area churches, local organizations, and individuals to provide the majority of the day-to-day funds and food that keep the center operating. Five years after the onset of the financial and economic crisis, hunger remains high in the United States. The impact of high unemployment, increased food costs, and decreased financial support have made it more challenging to serve our community within our available budget. You can help! All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent provided by law. The Sharing & Caring, Inc. State of Florida Registration Number is CH2193. A COPY OF THE OFFICIAL REGISTRATION AND FINANCIAL INFORMATION MAY BE OBTAINED FROM THE DIVISION OF CONSUMER SERVICES BY CALLING TOLL-FREE (800-435-7352) WITHIN THE STATE. REGISTRATION DOES NOT IMPLY ENDORSEMENT, APPROVAL, OR RECOMMENDATION BY THE STATE. Click here for the new 2013 Brochure
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The Fort Walton Beach Snowbirds Crafts Group (President Cyndee Shagena plus more than 50 women) donated several bags of beautifully-knitted and crocheted watch hats, neck scarves and wash clothes, as well as personal care items for clients of Sharing & Caring Fort Walton Beach. Ms. Sherry Haworth, a snowbird crafter, is pictured with the donations.
Sharing & Caring Fort Walton Beach was the recipient of pantry items collected during the Fort Walton Beach Kiwanis Club's 1st Quarter 2014 Food Drive. Mr. Marv McKinley (orange shirt) and Mr. Ed Lippincott (blue shirt) delivered the much-needed items to the pantry.
Pantry Volunteers Bob Cluskey (left) and Jerome Fellerman are shown assisting Mary Barnes from the Retired Teachers Association deliver her two shopping carts of food to help fill the shelves at Sharing & Caring, Fort Walton Beach.
Rick Owens, (right) Manager of Coastal Carpet & Tile - Carpet One in Destin donated over 150 yards of carpet for improvements to Sharing & Caring in Fort Walton Beach. Rick is shown here delivering the carpet to Ken Winzeler, newly elected President of Sharing & Caring.
On February 16 The Sand Dollar Motorcycle Club held their Have A Heart Retro Poker Run in celebration of their 34th Anniversary. Riders covered 100 miles of gorgeous roads on the Emerald Coast. One hundred percent of the registration fees went to benefit Sharing and Caring of Fort Walton Beach. In the picture above, Sam Engler, a Sandie Club member presents Ken Winzeler, President of Sharing & Caring ,with a check for $895.
How Can You Help?
- You can assist by becoming a volunteer to work at the center.
- You can give a financial contribution directly to Sharing & Caring, Inc.
- You can organize a food drive at your church, place of business, recreational club or group of friends.
- You may pledge through the United Way or Combined Federal Campaign by designating Sharing & Caring, Inc. as the recipient.
- You can help by keeping us in your prayers.
Bankers Work Together to Gather Donations for Charities!!
Brooks O'Hara from BancorpSouth (left) and Ron Porter from Sharing & Caring load a truck of donations for Sharing & Caring that were collected during the Bankers United collection drive in April and May. Click Here to Read the Article on the Northwest Florida Daily News Website!
Mary Esther United Methodist Church Cares!
The Mary Esther United Methodist Church Group under the direction of Jeff Stovall, Youth Director, is shown delivering food to Sharing & Caring, Fort Walton Beach. The food items were collected from various neighborhoods during a 30 Hour Famine in which the youth and their counselors went without food in dedication to those who are truly less fortunate.
First United Methodist Church of Fort Walton Beach Youth Ministry Cares!
Pictured (L to R) is Whit Heath, Director of Youth Ministries and Jimmy Whited from the First United Methodist Church of Fort Walton Beach Youth Ministry delivering food to Sharing & Caring Fort Walton Beach volunteers Frank Gray, Sarah Miller, Janet Sasso, and George Minnick. Food was collected as part of their 30 Hour Famine Ministry in which the group fasted and participated in service projects designed to make their young people aware of global needs.
Trinity United Methodist Church Youth Groups Cares!
Trinity United Methodist Church Youth Groups members Matt Hull (in bus) and Tommy Brassell are shown delivering food to Sharing & Caring Fort Walton Beach volunteers Robert Vandenberg, Frank Gray (yellow shirt), Joan Moe and Bet Sanders. The food was collected from various neighborhoods as part of their 30 Hour Famine in which the youth fasted and participated in work projects to help others
Booker T. Washington Temple #862 and Indian Mound Elks Lodge #1205 Cares!
Booker T. Washington Temple #862 and Indian Mound Elks Lodge #1205 are committed to making a difference in the local community. They have chosen Sharing & Caring, Fort Walton Beach to be one of their ongoing charity projects. Pictured are (left to right) Helena Wyche, Dgt Ruler; Mrs. Peggy Tillman, Sharing & Caring Pantry Volunteer; Sherman Braxton, Exalted Ruler; Christine Moody, Vice Dgt Ruler; and Christine Riggs, Asst Dgt Ruler.
Zombie Walk 2013
The 5th Annual Zombie Walk and Can Food Drive, sponsored by the Fort Walton Beach Jaycees and the Downtown Merchants Association, was held on October 19. Trick or Treating and games for area children, a scavenger hunt, a Parade of Zombies, and Thriller Dancing with a live DJ were featured. The annual food drive benefits Sharing & Caring of Okaloosa County, an all volunteer food bank. This years food drive raised over one ton of food for needy individuals and families. Click Here for more information on the Jaycees' Zombie Walk
Donate Online with Banker's United!
Our team is always looking for new ways to actively address the needs of those we serve. For instance, each Thanksgiving and Christmas, we raise donations that enable us to provide extra food for holiday meals to families in need. Over the past two years, we have made considerable investments in time and money to adopt technology and implement new and improved client management software. This shift has enabled us to better track and analyze client data, to provide more efficient service, to more accurately report our progress, and to more clearly understand the needs of the community. In 2012, Sharing & Caring became a proud sponsor of the Kids Backpack Program to ensure that children who rely upon subsidized meals at school do not go hungry over the weekend. The initiative was a success, and we look forward to our continued involvement in this program by serving as a backup resource to sponsors and schools as needs arise.
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Fort Walton Beach Center
Ken Winzeler, President
126 Beal Parkway SW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
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Fort Walton Beach Center
Ken Winzeler, President
126 Beal Parkway SW
Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548
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Sharing & Caring of Okaloosa County, Inc
Sharing & Caring (S&C), Inc. was established in 1984 to be an emergency food bank providing a basic staple of foods for families in need. Fort Walton Beach S&C opened its doors January 2, 1985; Niceville followed in May of 1989; Crestview in July of 1990. Area churches, civic organizations, individuals, and the United Way fund our all-volunteer organization. Sharing & Caring, Inc. is an IRS-approved non-profit, charitable organization. Sharing & Caring Inc. is a food source for the needy. Food is available to anyone in Okaloosa County who qualifies within our guidelines. In addition to groceries provided, baby supplies and personal care products may be available. Through networking, we can often refer a client to other resources for clothing, eyeglasses, household goods, shelter, or job opportunities. Our partnership with the Okaloosa County Health Department has enabled us to work together as a team to qualify client needs and provide education about health care options, including free medication assistance programs, community medical services, and resources available directly through the Health Department, such as the One Problem Clinic.
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