Let’s give a shout out to the Citrus County Speedway. Motorsports Announcer Tony Modica presented Community Food Bank CEO / Executive Director Barbara Sprague with a $1157.00 cash gift AND 289 pounds of food to assist with food relief efforts and holiday meals.
Community Food Bank Seeks Food/Donations to Meet Needs
Through the Holidays
The 60+ agencies that rely on the Community Food Bank (CFB) to provide food for the individuals and families they serve are struggling. The increase in the need for food assistance over the past few years is taking its toll on resources that are already taxed to the max.
Barbara Sprague, CFB Executive Director and CEO, is pulling out all the stops to make sure no one goes hungry this holiday season. In addition to the agency’s standard fundraising efforts, Sprague is challenging the community to be part of the CFB’s movement to make an impact by offering an in-kind or monetary donation to help our neighbors in need.
“Living with hunger is challenging on many levels, and it’s especially difficult during the holidays,” explains Sprague. “We want to do everything we can to ensure everyone in our community can enjoy nourishing meals on Thanksgiving, Christmas/Hanukkah, and to begin the new year.”
One meal equates to one pound of food. The CFB needs to collect or purchase through monetary donations at least 210,000 pounds of food for holiday meals to feed the 70,000+ individuals in our area who seek food assistance each month. Individuals and businesses wanting to be part of the movement can make a monetary donation to the CFB, as every $10 provides 100 meals. The agency is also accepting the following food donations:
- Canned Foods
- Dry Pasta, Rice, Beans
- Boxes of Cereal
- Peanut Butter and Jellies
- Pet Food
- Personal Hygiene Products
- Cleaning Products
Donated items can be dropped off at the following locations until Monday, December 19th:
Community Food Bank
5259 W. Cardinal Street
1147 South Suncoast Blvd
Habitat for Humanity Re-Store
7800 W Gulf to Lake Hwy
Habitat for Humanity Re-Store
3703 E Gulf to Lake Hwy
“Every little bit helps,” says Sprague. “Picking up a few extra cans of food every time you go to the grocery store can make a tremendous impact. It may be the determining factor in whether or not someone is able to eat a meal or not.”
Special thank you to Publix Super Markets Charities for their generous $15,000 donation to the Community Food Bank in support of hunger relief programs. Publix Charities has been and continues to be a generous supporter and partner in our fight to end hunger and nourish hope throughout the Nature Coast.
Brighten someone’s day with a beautiful bouquet and / or purchase a handy, reusable bag all while helping the Community Food Bank (CFB) end hunger and nourish hope. The CFB has been selected again to receive:
· $1 from every $2.99 Community Bag
· $1 from every Bloomin’ for Good flower bouquet
sold during the month of November 2022 at the Winn-Dixie located at 3792 South Suncoast Boulevard, Homosassa FL.
318 pounds of food and more than $2500 was collected during their recent month-long food drive for Community Food Bank. The 1000-mile Annual IBA Saddle Sore riders enjoyed a picture-perfect tour while helping to feed the community. Pictured are Amy Moodie and Dennis Dickard.
Nevan Breder an Eagle Scout from BSA Troop 452 completed 3 micropantry boxes and installed at CFB Life Tree Presbyterian Church and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. The pantries allow those in need access to food 24/7.
Here is another easy way to help feed your neighbors in need.
The Community Food Bank was selected by store leadership at the Winn-Dixie located at 1202 West Main Street, Inverness FL to receive a $1 donation every time a $2.99 reusable Community Bag is purchased at this location during the month of October.
So, the next time you’re shopping at the Winn-Dixie in Inverness, be sure to purchase a reusable bag and join the fight to end hunger and nourish hope!
Thank you to Reporter Fred Hiers at the Citrus County Chronicle for shedding light on this important and timely topic.
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