About Us

“Caring Coach” ~ our mobile food pantry and outreach

serves our neighbors in need!

Catholic Charities has a mobile food pantry and outreach service that provides needed food assistance, experts, information, and supplies to our neighbors in need in rural areas of the Florida Panhandle.  We have staff on hand to assist people in applying for SNAP (also known as food stamps.)  Many of the individuals in these rural communities do not have the resources to come to us for assistance, so we go to them.  We could not continue to provide this service without the gifts of support from our donors:  Walmart Foundation, MORE Group at the Church of Resurrection, Crestview Rotary Club, CCUSA SNAP Grant, and many more community partners and supporters. We deliver these services remotely using our Caring Coach van, donated by the Sandestin Foundation for Kids.  The Caring Coach is currently providing services in Baker, Cantonment, DeFuniak Springs, Miramar Beach, and Freeport.   This reoccurring schedule allows us to alleviate the immediate needs of our neighbors.  To donate or volunteer please call Catholic Charities at 850-244-2825.

Together we will help families rebuild their lives. Please make a donation today! 

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We proudly carry out the social mission of the Catholic Church throughout the eighteen most northwest counties in the Florida panhandle to serve, to empower and to advocate for vulnerable families and individuals of any race, religion or national origin.

Catholic Charities of NW Florida is a nonprofit, 501(c)(3), charitable organization that changed the lives of more than 74,000 individuals last year throughout the Diocese.  The overarching goal of effecting sustainable social change by making a long-term impact on individuals, families and communities remains the guiding principle of the agency’s undertakings.

Founded in 1928, the programs of Catholic Charities focus on empowerment and seek to enact long-term, positive change in the lives of those we serve. Our services are tailored for the unique circumstances of each person and our impact is significant and measurable. We serve our neighbors professionally, compassionately, in multiple languages, with great importance placed on building-up their personal dignity as we help them to remove barriers to self-sufficiency, assist them with unlocking hidden potential and encourage them to create a better life for themselves & their families.


Christopher Root, President/CEO Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida

Christopher Root


Meet the President/CEO of Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida, Christopher Root.  Mr. Root has a Master of Social Work and Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, both from Michigan State University. He has a deep-seated Catholic faith, wide breadth of social programming knowledge and a strong managerial track record.  Mr. Root has successfully navigated the Catholic Charities of Northwest Florida mission since January 2015.