Black Diamond Foundation Donates $20,000; CFB Issues Matching Challenge
The Black Diamond Foundation recently donated $20,000 to the Community Food Bank (CFB) towards the purchase of an enclosed, climate controlled Ford Transit 250 cargo van. The van further expands the CFBs reach and capacity for food relief, allowing for additional perishable food pickups and deliveries to partnering agencies for distribution to those in need. The CFB has issued a challenge match of an additional $20,000 to cover the full cost of the new vehicle.
“Local Dollar General stores are now providing us with perishable food, so we’ve added them to our growing list of pickup sites,” says Barbara Sprague, Executive Director of the CFB. “The agencies we partner with are providing food to more people than ever before. As the need grows, so do we. The new cargo van allows us to make additional pickups and drop-offs to help ensure no one in our community goes hungry.”
The Black Diamond Foundation (BDF) has been an ongoing, loyal supporter of the CFB’s fight against hunger. The foundation stepped up once again when the CFB identified the need for an additional climate controlled vehicle for food transport.
“The BDF continues to go above and beyond in supporting our mission,” says Steve Ponticos, President of the CFB Board of Directors. “We could not do what we do without the generous, ongoing assistance of the BDF, its president, Roger Obenauf, and all of the philanthropic men and women of the BDF who are passionate about supporting the CFBs efforts to provide food assistance throughout our community.”
According to Sprague, the $20,000 matching challenge will help the CFB offset the full cost of the cargo van and also provide funding for fuel and regular maintenance. There are three easy ways to donate:
- Visit www.feed352.org and click donate.
- Text DONATE to 352-280-3391
- Mail or drop off a donation to:
Community Food Bank
5259 W Cardinal Street
Homosassa, FL 34446
“Every donation makes a difference,” says Sprague. “We hope to achieve our matching challenge goal of $20,000 by July 4th.”
This year’s Empty Bowls to benefit the Community Food Bank (CFB) brought together local restaurants and businesses who joined forces to help fight hunger. The following raised a total of $9813.61 by donating a portion of their gross sales as part of the Empty Bowls event:
- Amy’s on the Avenue
- Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters
- Katch 22
- Manatee Maven
- Tim’s Barber Room
- Wallace’s Greenhouse Bistro
“Like many non-profit organizations, we had to pivot our event model because of COVID-19,” explains Barbara Sprague, Executive Director of the CFB. “We are very pleased with the results of this year’s Empty Bowls and look forward to hopefully returning to an in-person event in 2022.”
A number of local businesses and individuals lent their financial support, including Lowman Law Firm, Crystal Automotive, Dr. Bob’s Compassion Clinic, Avant-Garde Consulting and Professional Services, Citrus 95.3/Fox 96.7/Naturecoast Country, Drummond Bank, Kanes/Lollygaggers/The Loft, Kim DeVane and Mike Orlito, JoAnne and Zell Boggus, Armantes, Breakfast Station and Saltwater Cowboy’s Bar & Grill.
“The Community Food Bank is fortunate to have the ongoing support of so many individuals, businesses and sponsors during the COVID-19 pandemic,” says Steve Ponticos, President of the CFB Board of Directors. “We could not have ramped up efforts and met the increased need for food assistance without the generous support of our local community.
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4th Annual Empty Bowls Event Benefits the Community Food Bank
This year’s Citrus Empty Bowls event to benefit the Community Food Bank brings together local restaurants and businesses who are joining forces to help fight hunger. During the week of April 11th – 17th, select restaurants will donate a portion of their sales when dining in or taking out. A local barber shop has even joined in on the fun and is donating a portion of the proceeds from each haircut to the CFB.
April 2nd (Tim’s Barber Room)
April 11th – 17th (Local Restaurants)
Visit http://www.feed352.org/ for a full list of participating restaurants and businesses and to view applicable specials.
To date, Amy’s on the Ave., Cattle Dog Coffee Roasters, Katch 22, Manatee Maven, Wallace’s Greenhouse Bistro and Tim’s Barber Room have all committed and are offering specials at various times throughout the campaign. The website will be updated as additional businesses commit their participation.
“We had to re-create the Empty Bowls event this year because of COVID-19,” explains Barbara Sprague, Executive Director of the CFB. “We are so grateful to the local businesses who have stepped up to the plate to make this happen. We could not do this without their support.”
“We are encouraging folks to consider one of the sponsoring restaurants when dining in or ordering takeout during the week of April 11th – 17th,” says Mike Orlito, Board Chair of the CFB. “If you go out to lunch or dinner a few times a week, you can make a big impact by patronizing these restaurants.”
According to Sprague, the CFB hopes to raise $10,000 through the Empty Bowls campaign.
“It’s an ambitious goal, especially since we are not having an ‘in-person’ event, but I know how dedicated and passionate our community is about helping their neighbors in need ,” says Sprague.
Empty Bowls event sponsors include Lowman Law Firm, Crystal Automotive, Dr. Bob’s Compassion Clinic, Avant-Garde Consulting and Professional Services, Citrus 95.3/Fox 96.7/Naturecoast Country, Drummond Bank, Kanes/Lollygaggers/The Loft, Kim DeVane and Mike Orlito, JoAnne and Zell Boggus, Armantes, Breakfast Station and Saltwater Cowboy’s Bar & Grill
The Community Food Bank (CFB) was awarded the Commander’s Award of Excellence by the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Operations Division:
“With special thanks and appreciation I hereby recognize the Community Food Bank of Citrus County. You have been a trusted partner. During the COVID 19 Pandemic, you graciously accepted the responsibility as the food and personal care items repository and distribution center for Citrus County. Your capability and capacity supported operations. Daily you provide hope and sustenance to those in need. Thanks again and best wishes.” – Chris Evan, Division Commander
Thank you for this esteemed recognition. We are honored to have the opportunity to work with the Citrus County Sheriff’s Department Emergency Operations Division and look forward to our continued partnership!
We are honored to have been named the Chronicle Non-Profit of the Year by the Citrus County Chronicle. The year 2020 was one of the most challenging in recent history. The demand for food assistance grew significantly – but so did the support from our community as corporations, businesses and individuals rolled up their sleeves to help by donating and/or volunteering.
We thank all of the corporate partners, donors, volunteers and friends who worked alongside us to help us help those in need.
We also want to give a special shout out to Nancy Kennedy at the Citrus County Chronicle. She is an outstanding journalist who does an amazing job of helping the community better understand what we do and how we do it.
And, finally, thank you to the Citrus County Chronicle for naming us your Non-Profit of the Year. We are truly humbled by this honor. No doubt, 2020 was a challenging year. Regardless of what the future holds for 2021, we will work just as hard to continue fulfilling our mission of ending hunger and nourishing hope!
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