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.

We’re always looking for creative fundraising ideas. If you have one, let us know!

Special thank you to Nancy Kennedy and the Citrus County Chronicle for helping get the word out about this fun and simple way to help our neighbors in need.

Hunger in the midst of plenty

Thank you once again to the Citrus County Chronicle for shining a spotlight on food insecurity in our community.

Community Food Bank Selected to Benefit from Winn-Dixie Floral Program for the Month of August

Brighten someone’s day with a bouquet of flowers while helping to fight hunger throughout our community. The Community Food Bank (CFB) has been selected by local Winn-Dixie store leadership as the benefiting non-profit in the Winn-Dixie Bloomin’ 4 Good Program for the entire month of August. 

The Winn-Dixie Bloomin’ 4 Good Program is an easy way for people to give back as part of their regular shopping routine. Every $12.99 Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet with the red circle sticker sold supports a local non-profit. The CFB was selected as the  beneficiary for August by local store leadership at the Winn-Dixie stores located at 333 Highland Boulevard, Inverness, FL and 1651 Southeast Highway 19, Crystal River, FL. The CFB will receive a $1 donation for every $12.99 Bloomin’ 4 Good Bouquet purchased at these Winn-Dixie locations during the month of August.

“Flowers can make someone’s day, brighten up a room, and spread smiles,” says Barbara Sprague, Executive Director of the CFB. “Now, each bouquet you purchase will give back, too.” 

For more information about the Winn-Dixie Bloomin’ 4 Good Program, please visit

Thank you to Nancy Kennedy and the Citrus County Chronicle for this excellent, in-depth story on the struggle we and the agencies we serve are now facing.

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Community Food Bank (CFB) Extends Matching Donation Challenge

The Community Food Bank (CFB) issued a matching donation challenge in June and is extending this fundraising effort through July 31st. The Black Diamond Foundation will match up to $50,000 in donations.

The CFB has seen a rapid and sharp increase in the need for food assistance and expects this trend to continue. According to Barbara Sprague, CEO/Executive Director of the CFB, the agency has been able to respond to the demand thus far, which has more than doubled since the onset of the pandemic.

“We served approximately 30,000 individuals per month in 2019. That number has increased to more than 70,000,” explains Sprague. “We are preparing for that number to rise again.”

Sprague says she is becoming concerned because the agency is also seeing a rise in the cost of the food they purchase.

“Although we purchase food at a discount rate, prices are still going up,” says Sprague. “The dollar just doesn’t go as far as it did even a few months ago, which is why we are ramping up our fundraising efforts.”

Would you like to make a difference in the lives of thousands of individuals throughout our area? Partnering with the CFB is one way to make a big impact. Make a donation to the CFB before July 31st and it will be matched dollar for dollar, thus doubling the difference you make. 

Visit our Donate page to learn more about becoming one of the CFB’s “Hunger Heroes.”

Special thanks to the Citrus County Chronicle Editorial Board for their editorial on inflation and hunger. The struggle is real, folks!  We invite you to join us in the fight. 

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Members of the Rotary Club of Inverness present Community Food Bank CEO/Executive Director Barbara Sprague with a $1000 donation to help feed individuals in need during the holiday season.

It’s already July, which means the holidays will be here before you know it.  We are thankful for the Rotary Club of Inverness as they have stepped up to the plate to help us prepare for what we expect to be an extremely busy holiday season.

The Community Food Bank is working hard to meet the increasing need for food assistance throughout our community, so when an organization presents us with a holiday “gift”, we are much obliged to receive. Thank you for your $1000 donation to provide 10,000 holiday meals on Thanksgiving and Christmas!