The COVID-19 pandemic has changed the landscape of our lives. The way we interact, conduct business and enjoy leisure activities is much different today than it was just three short months ago.
As a result of COVID-19, the Community Food Bank (CFB) went from providing meals for approximately 17,000 people each month to more than 50,000/month.
We want to take time to thank everyone, including the Citrus County Chronicle, for their ongoing and continued support during the COVID-19 crisis. So many individuals, businesses and organizations stepped up to the plate to help us address the increased demand for food assistance.
Since the onset of COVID-19 in mid-April, the CFB has:
• Provided 1,680,000 meals through our 52 partnering agencies (food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, ministries, etc.)
• Experienced a 278% increase in miles on our trucks that pick up and deliver food.
• Raised more than $250,000 to help meet the increased demand.
It’s challenging for any non-profit to meet their annual fundraising goals. It is especially difficult to raise additional funds during a time of crisis. However, we have been able to meet the needs of the community solely because of the generous support we have received from our partners and friends. Some of these supporters include:
Bad Golfers Association of Citrus Hills
Black Diamond Foundation
Citrus County Sams Chapter 176
Community Foundation of Tampa Bay
Crystal River Rotary
Enterprise Holdings Foundation
Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club of Citrus County
Homosassa Lions Foundation
Kings Bay Rotary
Kiwanis Club of Inverness
Network for Good
Rays Baseball Foundation and Rowdies Soccer Fund
Rotary Club of Sugarmill Woods
Seven Rivers Presbyterian Church
Suncoast Credit Union
The Amanda Foundation
The Andrews Group
We will continue to push forward and keep the food agencies we serve fully stocked. The continued support of the community is appreciated as we continue to navigate these difficult and uncertain times. Together, we are making a difference!
Board Chair, Community Food Bank
Board of Directors:
Steven R. Hildson
John JJ Kenney
Barbara Sprague, Executive Director