Panama City, FL –
SOUTH WALTON, Fla. (WMBB) – Caring and Sharing in South Walton has been around for 30 years, and now they want to provide more to their community in need.
Caring and Sharing is more than just a food distribution point for families. They have told News 13 since COVID-19 that their financial aid programs have increased 850%.
“We also provide financial assistance, so we help with utilities, we help with past due rent once a year,” said Outreach Director Emily Proctor. “We can help with prescriptions if people have prescriptions they can’t afford.”
Proctor explained a few reasons Caring and Sharing is helping make ends meet for residents of South and North Walton who struggle with homelessness, escape domestic violence, and seek health care or food. .
“We’re going to do whatever we can to help them so they’re not just a number, they’re not just a need,” Proctor said.
She said she and staff saw more customers needing assistance once COVID-19 hit, so the organization expanded its services north of the bay.
They have also added rent assistance to their services.
“This year, we have become a United Way partner for the first time,” she said.
Recently, Caring and Sharing got the right to apply for federal grants to keep pace with the more than 300 families it supports each month.
“We will continue to work with them until we help them understand what is going on,” said Proctor.
There are many ways you can help caring and sharing in South Walton. If you are interested, you can drop off your donations directly at their Santa Rosa Beach branch.
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