Brotula’s raises $3,500 for Food For Thought

Special to The Log

Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer celebrated their one-year anniversary on April 7, and over 200 people came out to celebrate the success of the locally owned and operated full-service restaurant on the Destin harbor. Guests enjoyed $1 drink specials, live music, and a raffle benefiting Food For Thought Out-reach, Inc., raising $3,500 for the local 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization.

“Food For Thought was the obvious choice for our one-year anniversary beneficiary,” said Chris Ruyan, co-owner of Brotula’s Seafood House & Steamer. “The thought of a staggering majority of our community’s youth not having food on the weekends certainly hit close to home since we have families and young children of our own.”

Moving into its sixth year, Food For Thought Outreach started by providing six Walton County students with weekly backpacks and has since grown to serving 1,200 students from Freeport to Fort Walton Beach across 16 schools and two counties. Over 1,000,000 food items will be distributed this school year and the organization only expects to grow in the coming years. Over 30,000 individuals are deemed food insecure in Walton and Okaloosa counties and Food For Thought wants to ensure they never have to turn away a family, a student, or a school in need. If you or someone you know would like to donate time, funds, or services to the project please email info@fftfl.