We Care Food Pantry Sells Property to CFB for Expansion
The Community Food Bank (CFB) is thrilled to announce the acquisition of the Hunger Relief Complex located on W. Cardinal Street in Homosassa. We Care Food Pantry and the CFB came to an agreement which now allows the CFB to fully own the property that includes the warehouse they have been leasing and a second warehouse that was previously home to the We Care Food Pantry.
The CFB was already in the market to find a property that would allow them to expand when the We Care opportunity presented itself. The CFB’s rapidly growing operation –
which served approximately 30,000 individuals / month in 2019 – now provides food to more than 70,000 individuals throughout Citrus, Hernando, and Sumter counties each month.
“The CFB continues to grow by leaps and bounds every year and we were already out of space,” says Barbara Sprague, Executive Director of the CFB. “We Care Food Pantry served the community and while we are saddened to see it close, all of those involved can take comfort in knowing that the space they occupied for so many years will continue to be used to provide food assistance to thousands of individuals and families throughout the area.”
Steve Ponticos, President of the CFB board of directors, echoes this sentiment and praises Diane Toto, founder of We Care, for spearheading the efforts to develop a “hometown” food bank nearly a decade ago.
“Diane’s vision will continue to thrive and make a difference in the lives of people all across Citrus, Hernando, and Sumter counties,” says Ponticos. “The CFB has been providing the resources, support, and food to 50+ local agencies who ensure no one goes hungry. Now, the extra warehouse space will allow us to further expand those efforts, keeping in line with Diane’s original vision.”
The new warehouse space comes with added expenses that the CFB is working to offset. Would you like to play a role in the fight against hunger? If so, we welcome your donation. Or, contact us to volunteer your time to help end hunger and nourish hope.