Community Food Bank of Citrus County Named Chronicle Non-Profit of the Year

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!

Read More on Citrus County Chronicle:

Qualified Charitable Distribution Can Be a Tax-Efficient Way to Donate Money to Charity

The Community Food Bank of Citrus County (CFBCC) is honored when an individual or business chooses to make a donation to support our organization.  All donations to the CFBCC are tax deductible; however, some forms of donating may carry added benefits. One type of donation to consider, especially for end-of-year giving, is a Qualified Charitable Distribution (QCD).  A charitable organization can also receive investments as gifts.

“Our donors are our lifeline.  Without the generosity of the community, we would never have been able to keep our pantries full during the unique challenges of this past year,” explains Barbara Sprague, Executive Director of the CFBCC. “QCD is just one way individuals can make a difference in their community while enjoying an added tax benefit. It’s a win-win for everyone!”

If you still need to make your required minimum distribution (RMD), contact your tax professional to see if a QCD can be put toward the year-end total required to avoid an excise tax penalty. To make a QCD or to gift another type of investment to the CFBCC, please contact either Barbara Sprague – executivedirector@cfbocc.org or your investment adviser.

Pictured from Left to Right – CFBCC Volunteers Bill Daily and Arthur Chew Proudly Display the Generous Donation

The Community Food Bank of Citrus County (CFBCC) was presented with a $10,000 gift made on behalf of Deborah MacArthur Anderson, Chairman and President of the corporate board for SHERLOQ® Group.  According to Barbara Sprague, Executive Director of the CFBCC, the donation will provide 100,000 meals to individuals and families throughout Citrus County who are facing hunger.

“This year has been a tough year, and the holidays are extremely difficult for many folks throughout our community,” says Sprague. “We are grateful for companies such as SHERLOQ® Group whose generous gift allows us to provide much needed food and resources to individuals in need.”

Pictured from left to right: Meghan Pitzer, CEO of the United Way of Citrus County
and Barbara Sprague, executive director of CFBCC.

The Community Food Bank of Citrus County (CFBCC) would like to extend a special thank you to the United Way of Citrus County. The agency donated $5000 to the CFBCC, which was used to provide an additional 7353 Thanksgiving meals to families in need throughout our local community.  We value and appreciate your continued support!

CFBCC and Citrus Memorial Hospital Thanksgiving Donations

Citrus Memorial Hospital donated 68 turkeys and 78 hams to help the Community Food Bank of Citrus County (CFBCC) feed families in need this Thanksgiving.  The CEO of Citrus Memorial Hospital, Ginger Carroll, Director of Pharmacy Services, Craig McCurdy, and members of the hospital food service staff personally made the delivery.

Special thank you to the staff and employees at Citrus Memorial Hospital who make a donation to the CFBCC each Thanksgiving to help ensure the needs of our local community are met.  We could not do what we do without your support!

Mike Wilcox Office Manager

Mike Wilcox became passionate about helping others while volunteering with his children at Citrus County Blessings.  He saw the difference the agency made and wanted to pursue an opportunity where he could make an impact full-time.

Today, Mike handles all of the everyday office duties at the Community Food Bank of Citrus County (CFBCC), from answering the phone and greeting guests to managing the databases and coordinating volunteers. He also earned his ServSafe Manager certification. Mike especially enjoys mentoring and fostering the spirit of volunteerism in the teenagers and young adults who work after school and during the summer in the CFBCC warehouse.

When not working at the CFBCC, Mike enjoys volunteering at organizations throughout the community. He also handles homeschooling duties for his four children.  He has one dog, four lizards and one fish.

Special thank you to Katya Guillaume for coming out to produce this incredible story for Bay News 9. Check it out!

Homeschool Groups Tap into Creativity to Support the Community Food Bank of Citrus County
Hot off the presses! Aubrey Boggs, Easton Boggs, Riley Boggs, Layton
Boogs, Hayden Milby and Emma Milby proudly display their works of art.

Local homeschoolers are tapping into their creativity to help support the Community Food Bank of Citrus County (CFBCC).  The students are creating stylish Faith Over Fear themed t-shirts and offering them at the Howard’s Flea Market in Homosassa for a $15.00 donation which goes directly to the CFBCC.

Christine Milby is the founder and organizer of this effort, which is receiving much support and accolades from the community.

“Every Faith Over Fear t-shirt is made by a Citrus County homeschool student,” explains Milby. “Businesses provide funds for the t-shirts in exchange for having their company advertised on the back of the tees.” 

Daniel and Tuesday Northsea own and operate Dirty Ape Ink in Crystal River. Dan spends time teaching area homeschool students the art and business of screen printing.

“Both Dan and Tuesday are thrilled to be able to be a part of our fundraiser and help give back to their community.” Says Milby.

When the COVID-19 crisis struck, Milby was inspired to find ways she and her family could help her local community.

“When we discovered how many food insecure families we had right here in Citrus County, we wanted to do something to help,” says Milby. “Our family recently began volunteering at the CFBCC. It has been an eye opening, humbling and wonderful experience.”

Barbara Sprague, Executive Director of the CFBCC, says the artistry, imagination and philanthropic spirit of the students is both impressive and inspiring.

“These students are taking time that could be spent on other activities to create, manufacture, market and sell these t-shirts to benefit those in need,” explains Sprague.  “We are so grateful for their hard work and effort. The Faith Over Fear movement has been so inspirational during the COVID-19 crisis and to those facing food insecurity. They’ve set a positive example for others to follow!”


Howard’s Flea Market donates space to help the students with this effort.  If you would like a Faith Over Fear t-shirt, please visit https://www.facebook.com/groups/citrusfaithoverfear to find out when and where they will be available.

West Citrus Elks Lodge 2693 Donates 590lbs. of Food to the Community Food Bank of Citrus County

The West Citrus Elks Lodge 2693 donated 590 pounds of food they recently purchased to help the Community Food Bank of Citrus County (CFBCC) keep the 50+ food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and ministries they serve stocked to feed those in need. The donation included high demand products such as chili, soup, beans, canned meat and pasta sauce. In addition to providing this very generous donation, the West Citrus Elks Lodge also collects food for the CFBCC throughout the year.

“The ongoing support from the West Citrus Elks Lodge has made an incredible impact over the years,” says Barbara Sprague, Executive Director of the CFBCC.  “This latest donation of 590 pounds of food will be distributed to local agencies and used to help feed hundreds of individuals and families.”

CFBCC Elks
Pictured from left to right: West Citrus Elks Lodge Trustee Brian Estus; Barbara Sprague, Executive Director, CFBCC; West Citrus Elks Lodge Exalted Ruler Kris Estus, and Candice Lathem, Warehouse Assistant, CFBCC.

Partner

The Pregnancy and Family Life Center (PFLC) picks up food, personal care and hygiene items from the Community Food Bank of Citrus County (CFBCC) twice a week to help stock their pantry. The organization has been providing food, clothing, personal care items, counseling, and medical services to expectant mothers and families throughout Citrus County since 1983 and has served a record number of people so far this year:

January 2020 – July 2020

Partnering to Meet the Needs of Expectant Mothers and Families

629 Families Served

1627 Individuals Served  

28,805 Pounds of Food Distributed

15,000 Diapers Distributed

403 Packages of Baby Wipes Distributed

328 Bottles of Baby Wash Distributed

113 Cans of Baby Formula Distributed

“The partnership between the Pregnancy and Family Life Center and the Community Food Bank allows us to purchase much needed food for our families,” explains Stephanie Bell, RN, executive director of the PFLC. “We serve at risk children and families with a large majority of them being pregnant mothers. The food we provide takes some of the stress off our moms and allows them to breathe a little. We have been able to offer a large variety of food items consistently. We could not afford to do what we do without the generosity of the CFBCC and their caring and dedicated staff.”

Bell especially appreciates the fact that the team at the CFBCC is always accommodating and makes an effort to locate items she needs.

“All I have to do is ask and they find it for us,” says Bell. “We have started putting together meal kits each month incorporating items we have in our food pantry for our mothers and when I need extra food they help out. Candice (CFBCC Warehouse Assistant) always makes a point to save diapers and formula for us because she knows we have clients that are in need.”

According to Bell, individuals and families served by the PFLC are extremely grateful for the services they receive. A client who asked to remain anonymous wrote:

“The Pregnancy and Family Life Center is important to my family because they provide many helpful resources and information. They have benefitted myself and family as far as helpful videos so parents can learn new things. Also, the food and clothing is very helpful to our family. With everything going on with the virus and not working as much we have help with making sure our family has food.”

Barbara Sprague, executive director of the CFBCC, says that knowing she and her staff are making such an impact is truly a blessing.

“We do what we do because we are passionate about making sure no one in our community goes without,” explains Sprague. “We are selective about the organizations we partner with because we must be good stewards of the donations we receive.  Stephanie and her team at PFLC do exemplary work and provide much needed services to individuals and families in need.”

“The CFBCC is an organization that we rely heavily upon and they have never let us down,” says Bell. “When there’s a crisis or hurricane they’ve made sure our needs and those of our clients have been met. In addition to food, they have provided items such as diapers, makeup, toiletries, children’s books, clothing etc. All of this is passed down to our families. They are a blessing on so many levels!”

If you would like to learn more about PFLC and all of the important resources and services they provide, please visit www.pflcenter.org