FORT WALTON BEACH — The Food For Thought organization is encouraging residents in Okaloosa and Walton counties to sponsor schools in their community throughout the school year.

Sponsorships support the Food For Thought in-school backpack program. The goal is to provide a backpack with 10 food items to over 3,000 students each week; and 12,000 snacks each week for teachers to hand out in class.

Food For Thought requests individual get together with friends, family members or coworkers and sign up for a sponsorship. Out of the 33 schools requesting sponsorship, 27 are still available.

Destin Middle School, Dune Lakes Elementary School, and Freeport High School sponsorships are sponsored for a full year.

The first semester has been sponsored at Mary Esther Elementary, Butler Elementary, Mossy Head Elementary, and Emerald Coast Middle School.

The cost to sponsor one student for a year is $270; the cost to sponsor a school is $1,000 per semester (two semesters per school).