The Citrus County Emergency Operations Center (EOC) and Project America Strong recently allotted 100,000 cloth face masks to the Community Food Bank (CFB) for distribution. The CFB will be sending face masks in packs of five (5) to partnering agencies throughout Citrus County for free distribution. The masks contain copper and zinc for microbial protection and can be washed up to 15 times.
Although face masks currently are not mandated in Citrus County, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) “recommends that people wear cloth face coverings in public settings and when around people who don’t live in your household, especially when other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain.”
“We are happy to distribute these cloth face masks to help ensure everyone in the community has the opportunity to protect themselves from COVID-19,” says Barbara Sprague, Executive Director of the Community Food Bank. “We value our partnership with the Citrus EOC and Project America Strong and stand ready to help in any way we can.”
The CFB has been working non-stop since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis, distributing food to provide meals to approximately 50,000 people each month through 52 partnering agencies (food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, ministries, etc.).
“The need has drastically increased,” says Mike Orlito, Board Chair. “I applaud our exemplary team of staff and volunteers who have worked tirelessly to meet the increased demand.”
Those needing a face covering can pick up a five (5) pack of face masks at any CFB partnering agency while supplies last. Click here to find a food agency near you.
If you would like to help the CFB continue to meet the evolving needs of the local community, please click here to make a donation online or mail a check to Community Food Bank – 5259 W Cardinal Street Building B, Homosassa, FL 34446.