Florida Section IFT is the local affiliate of the Institute of Food Technologists, a non-profit scientific society founded in 1939. The Institute (IFT) is an scientific, educational society with an interest in global concerns for providing a safe and wholesome food supply. The Florida Section of IFT's members come from all areas of the food industry in the state, as well as consultanting, supporting industries and academia. The Section hosts an annual Supplier's Night to facilitate networking among the various parts of the food industry. It provides over $30,000 a year for university and high school scholarships and awards to Florida students.