Community Food Bank Trees of Life Program Offers Sustainable Donation Opportunities

The Community Food Bank (CFB) is excited to announce its new sustainable donation initiative, Trees of Life. This program gives donors an opportunity to purchase a fruit or vegetable tree that will be planted on the CFB property and harvested  for distribution to the CFB’s 60+ partner agencies throughout Citrus, Hernando, and Sumter Counties.

“Participating in the Trees of Life program allows donors to make an investment in something that will continue to bear fruit and feed thousands of people for years to come,” explains Barbara Sprague, CEO/Executive Director of the CFB.

The CFB is housed on several acres of land that was donated for the purposes of providing food assistance. The two warehouses on the property serve as a receiving, holding, and shipping hub for the 60+ partner agencies who receive food from the CFB each week. According to Sprague, additional acreage around these warehouses will be  transformed into a Trees of Life garden.

Individuals, families, organizations, companies, etc. have the opportunity to purchase a tree or numerous trees either in their name or in the name of a person, a pet, or company they want to honor. The tree(s) will be planted, and a customized staked tree plaque will be placed in front of the tree denoting the name of who purchased the tree and who it is honoring. The person/entity the tree is being planted in honor of will receive a certificate and image of the tree/plaque.

“This is a great way to promote your company or organization, celebrate a special occasion, remember a loved one who has passed away, memorialize a pet, recognize and accomplishment, honor an injured or fallen hero, and more,” says Sprague.

Trees of Life donations start at $500. Various types of trees can be selected, including lemon, apple, pear, peach, and avocado. Additionally, entire sections of trees may be purchased and four founding Patrons will receive a large tree plaque permanently placed at the front of the garden.

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