Weekend Food Program

Food drive focuses on healthy options

Food drive focuses on healthy options

When well-meaning donors drop off food at banks for those in need, sometimes they do not realize the nutritional value of that donation can affect the health of a family. Donations may have a lower-than-ideal nutritional content because donors do not know better or because they believe the less healthy option is more affordable, said […]

Local nonprofits vie for Wind Creek grants

Local nonprofits vie for Wind Creek grants

Nonprofits throughout Alabama and North Florida are vying for a portion of $125,000 in grants to be awarded as part of Wind Creek Hospitality’s Partners in Progress Video Contest. Among the 92 organizations that applied are two nonprofits based in Navarre: Emerald Coast Wildlife Refuge and Outreach Navarre Inc. d.b.a. Weekend Food Program. Read the […]

Local hero runners fight hunger for children

Local hero runners fight hunger for children

Hundreds of heroes, many dressed in capes, took to Navarre Beach Saturday to support hungry children in our area for the Hunger Heroes 5K fun run. The fundraiser supports Outreach Navarre Inc. and the Weekend Food Program, a nonprofit that aims to support children in poverty with food and education opportunities.   Read the full […]

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

Three things to know: Board of County Commissioners

284 lot subdivision riling neighbors County Commissioners got an earful from concerned residents Tuesday morning as yet another subdivision development drew ire from neighbors. Forest Bay Estates is a new subdivision proposed for 210-acres of vacant land located west of Edgewood Drive and east of River Birch Road. Read the full article in the Jan. […]

5 Things to know: #GivingTuesday comes to Navarre

5 Things to know: #GivingTuesday comes to Navarre

1. How it all started Following the face stuffing of Thanksgiving and subsequent shopping frenzy of Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, a day dedicated to giving back has been added to the holiday whirl. In 2012, the Belfer Center for Innovation and Social Impact created #GivingTuesday. According to GivingTuesday.org, the idea was […]

New on Weekend Food Program menu: Financial literacy

New on Weekend Food Program menu: Financial literacy

Holley Navarre Middle School sixth-graders are learning to balance a budget, invest for the future and much more thanks to donations from Outreach Navarre LLC, more commonly known as the Weekend Food Program. The school has received copies of Foundations in Personal Finance workbooks, activity pages and web resources through Outreach Navarre. Read the full […]

TDC fed up with two of everything

TDC fed up with two of everything

Two plunges is too many. That was the position taken by Tourist Development Council (TDC) member Liz Horton, a bed tax collector from the south end. She said she is tired of two of everything in Navarre from chamber of commerce breakfasts to events like New Year’s Day plunges. Read the full article in the […]

Visitor Center conference room open to non-profits

Visitor Center conference room open to non-profits

Santa Rosa County has formalized a policy to allow select groups to utilize the Santa Rosa County Visitor Information Center’s conference room. Under the new policy, the conference room will be available to all governmental entities, non-profits and Santa Rosa County Departments for official meetings, functions and events.

Successful financial planning starts young

Successful financial planning starts young

High schoolers who have a credit card will graduate with an average debt of $1,585, according to research by student loan provider Sallie Mae. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development found that 60 percent of 15-year-old Americans are not financially literate on the basics of handling money. As more financial planners, including nationally known […]

Frigid wind and water welcomes plungers

Frigid wind and water welcomes plungers

The surf along Navarre Beach let up for this year’s New Year’s Day plunges, but the temperatures were almost freezing. During the beach’s newest Jan. 1 event, the Pirate Plunge, wind gusts reached 24 miles per hour and the temperature was 32 degrees. Still, a few dozen brave souls went running into the Gulf of […]

Will you take the plunge?

Will you take the plunge?

On the first day of the year, Navarre Beach residents and visitors will gather for a long-standing tradition. Toes in the cold sand, some dressed in costume, they will gather at the edge of the Gulf of Mexico or inches from Santa Rosa Sound. Then as one big group they will all scurry, dive and […]

#GivingTuesday results in thousands for nonprofits

#GivingTuesday results in thousands for nonprofits

November is the month of money for Navarre as local nonprofit groups received thousands of dollars in donations as part of #GivingTuesday and other fundraising events. The largest recipient of the November love was Refuge for Women of the Emerald Coast. Refuge for Women is national program that offers victims of human trafficking a safe […]

Weekend Food Program keeps on growing

Weekend Food Program keeps on growing

Hundreds of students throughout Navarre qualify for free or reduced-price meals through the school district due to family financial need. The school provides them with breakfast and lunch, Monday through Friday, but on the weekend they could be facing an empty belly. But starting this week, these students need not fear as they discovered bags […]

Local hero receives national recognition

Local hero receives national recognition

Michelle Abrams, co-leader of the Weekend Food Program Navarre, was in for a surprise Tuesday. In honor of her efforts to feed hundreds of hungry children in Navarre, Abrams was named Culver’s national Portrait of a Hero recipient. Each year the contest recognizes an outstanding individual picked from across the nation for going above and […]

Local ‘Love Your Neighbor’ advocate lands national award nomination

Local ‘Love Your Neighbor’ advocate lands national award nomination

Last Friday night Michelle Abrams was surprised to find out she had been chosen as one of 25 finalists for the nation-wide Portrait of a Hero contest put on by Culver’s. Abrams was nominated for her leadership with the Weekend Food Program which provides food for children who might not otherwise have it over the […]

Grant writers get practical advice

Grant writers get practical advice

Local nonprofits got a lesson in grant writing at the Navarre Beach Area Chamber of Commerce’s second Community Grant Writing Workshop. Workshop leader Barbara Hunter Cox has been writing and approving grant applications for years. Read the full article in the April 20 issue of Navarre Press. Subscribe online at navarrepress.com for as little as […]

Navarre women set personal records in Couch-2-5K

Navarre women set personal records in Couch-2-5K

A group of women in Navarre are gearing up for a new 5K race set for April 1. They meet twice a week together at the path on Navarre Beach and also run on their own twice a week, staying accountable through a Facebook group. Read the full article in the Feb. 9 issue of […]

Plunges net thousands for local charities

Plunges net thousands for local charities

Historically, new year’s day plunges take place in frigid waters and cold temperatures making it a challenge to complete. But when you live in Florida, it isn’t such a challenge, especially this winter. With temperatures in the 70s, weather conditions were favorable as hundreds of locals and visitors plunged into Navarre Beach’s waters new year’s […]

Navarre is freezing for a cause

Navarre is freezing for a cause

The tradition of facing frigid water on the first day of the New Year has been in the U.S. for more than 100 years, starting in 1904 with the L Street Brownies Polar Plunge in Boston. On Jan. 1, 2017, Navarre residents will join that tradition, shivering and splashing in the waters of the Gulf […]

Safety pins?

Safety pins?

What began with the Brexit in the UK last June has spilled over to America in the wake of the nation electing Donald Trump as president.  People are wearing safety pins to make a silent statement that the groups of people who feel threatened by the supposed hate and fear mongering of Trump and his […]

Weekend Food Program feeds Navarre’s children

Weekend Food Program feeds Navarre’s children

Hundreds of students struggling with hunger in Navarre have full bellies during the weekend thanks to the Weekend Food Program (FWP). WFP provides food insecure students in South Santa Rosa County who qualify for free and reduced lunch through the school system with bags full of food to tide them through the weekend. The program […]

Hotel Equities steps in to help Weekend Food Program

Hotel Equities steps in to help Weekend Food Program

Hotel Equities’ Revenue Manager Mike Lorea didn’t hesitate to jump into action when he was approached about helping out with the Weekend Food Program in South Santa Rosa County. At the Springhill Suites on Pensacola Beach Tuesday afternoon, he and members of his staff  were on hand participating in a regional training conference and they […]

Navarre’s newest 5K to support 3 local charities

Navarre’s newest 5K to support 3 local charities

Ludgina Dieujuste is on a mission to make it possible to help yourself while helping others. Dieujuste, Navarre resident and running enthusiast, is planning a 5K called “I Embody All Things Great 5K: Moving for a Purpose.” The name is a mouthful but that might be because there is a lot to it. “We all […]