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‘Food for Thought’ receives $7,000 donation from Harris Insurance

Harris Insurance said this year’s 500 referrals brought in $5,000, its largest donation yet. An additional $2,000 came from a “give local, think social” grant.
Harrison and Hattie Schmidt helped deliver the milestone donation to Food for Thought and got to see the hundreds of donation bags of food being prepped for student’s Christmas Break.

Three years into its community referral program, Harris Insurance is celebrating a milestone donation of $7,000 ($5,000 from referrals plus a $2,000 grant) to Food for Thought, a nonprofit working to end childhood hunger.

  • The agency’s community referral program invites locals to refer friends and family for insurance quotes. Each referral triggers a donation to the charity, regardless of whether they purchase a policy.
  • Each $10 donation fills TWO backpacks for local children to have breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks on the weekends and over holiday breaks from school.

Harris Insurance said this year’s 500 referrals brought in $5,000, its largest donation yet. An additional $2,000 came from a “give local, think social” grant awarded by Liberty Mutual and Safeco to Business Development Director and Licensed Agent Natalie Schmidt for Harris’ referral efforts.

Agency staff said giving back is central to its identity since opening locally in 1965. The program with Food for Thought, which serves Okaloosa and Walton counties, has run since 2020.

“Now, more than ever, we need to continue helping out our community and Food for Thought is the hands and feet that allows us to make a direct impact in the lives of students in Northwest Florida,” Schmidt said in celebrating the milestone. “Giving back is so important not only for us as a business, but individually as well. It beings me great joy to continue our partnership with Food for Thought for the fourth consecutive year as we kick off 2024!” 

Food for Thought tackles issues like food scarcity and nutrition education. Those wishing to get involved with the charity can donate online, sponsor events and programs or volunteer.

Harris Insurance aims to continue its partnership and build on 2023’s success when 2024 begins. 

Wondering how you can get involved? Easy! Click here to go to their Referral Program Quote Request.

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