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We’re excited to announce that Suncoast Credit Union has donated $50,000 toward the Community Food Bank of Citrus County’s (CFBCC) COVID-19 relief efforts.  This donation will allow us to provide 400,000 meals through our partnering agencies.

We are challenging the community to help us match this donation!  Between now and June 15th, we will be collecting matching funds in an effort to double the impact by providing a total of 800,000 meals!

Please pass this challenge on to your family and friends. Every little bit helps!

Or, mail your donation to:
Community Food Bank of Citrus County
5259 W Cardinal Street Building B
Homosassa, FL 34446

Thank you for your generous and continued support!

Suncoast Credit Union Donates $50,000, Encourages Match to Help Meet Increased Need

Suncoast Credit Union has donated $50,000 toward the Community Food Bank of Citrus County’s (CFBCC) COVID-19 relief efforts.  Suncoast Credit Union is supporting the communities it serves by donating a total of $1 million toward economic relief.

“Before COVID-19, we were providing meals to approximately 17,000 people each month.  That number has sharply increased to more than 41,000/month,” says Barbara Sprague, Executive Director of the CFBCC. “The only reason we are able to meet the growing needs of our community is because of the generosity of individuals and businesses such as the Suncoast Credit Union who have stepped up to the plate during this unprecedented time.”

Donations to the CFBCC help the organization continue to source food, pick it up daily and prepare it for distribution to 53 food agencies that serve those in need throughout Citrus County. The CFBCC is distributing tens of thousands of pounds of food per week throughout the local area.

“While we are focused on supporting our members financially, we feel a moral obligation to support other basic needs during this very challenging time. We admire and are inspired by other charitable organizations who are providing relief through private donations like ours,” said Suncoast Credit Union President & CEO Kevin Johnson. “People are struggling through no fault of their own and because of the support of our Board of Directors, Suncoast is committed to doing what we can to address these serious needs.”

“We are extremely grateful that Suncoast Credit Union has put their trust and confidence in the Community Food Bank of Citrus County,” says Mike Orlito, Board Chair of CFBCC. “This $50,000 donation will provide 400,000 meals.”

The CFBCC is challenging the community to match this generous donation.  If you would like to be part of this match to help the organization continue to meet the growing needs of the community, please visit www.feedcitrus.org or mail a check to Community Food Bank of Citrus County – 5259 W Cardinal Street Building B, Homosassa, FL 34446.

Community Food Bank of Citrus County, Feeding Tampa Bay Responding to Local Needs

First time users of food pantries and other community resources continues to steadily increase as people are furloughed or laid off from their jobs. The Community Food Bank of Citrus County (CFBCC) is ensuring the 50+ local food agencies served are fully stocked thanks to both individual and corporate donations as well as its partnership with Feeding Tampa Bay/Feeding America.

The CFBCC is sourcing food and picking it up daily. It is then sorted and packed for same or next day delivery to 53 agencies that serve those in need throughout Citrus County. Feeding Tampa Bay, a long-time partner of the CFBCC, is providing Citrus County with tens of thousands of pounds of food per week.

“The Community Food Bank of Citrus County is Feeding Tampa Bay’s largest partner in Citrus County and a fantastic one at that,” explains Rhonda Gindlesperger, Chief Operating Officer for Feeding Tampa Bay. “Through our partnership we are able to get more food to Citrus County agencies and residents in need than either of us could do alone. The Community Food Bank of Citrus County has been working hard to route trucks to Tampa for additional product pick up and we are also working to send trucks up to them as well. Working together has never been more critical as we find solutions for the evolving and increasing needs of our communities during this current crisis.”

“We are especially grateful to Feeding Tampa Bay as their support has played an integral role in helping us serve the needs of our community,” says Barbara Sprague, Executive Director of the CFBCC.

CFBCC Board Chair Mike Orlito states, “The need is only going to intensify. None of us really know what is coming down the pike. We’re preparing ourselves for sharp and long-term increases in people needing help.”

Those in need of food assistance can click here to locate a nearby food agency.

The CFBCC is in need of ongoing financial support to continue meeting the growing needs of the community. If you are able to donate, please click here or mail a check to Community Food Bank of Citrus County – 5259 W Cardinal Street Building B, Homosassa, FL 34446.

Thank you

We are continuing to extend our heartfelt thank you to all of the individuals, organizations and businesses that are supporting the Community Food Bank of Citrus County during the COVID-19 crisis.

Judi McEnvoy, President of the Gulf to Lakes Pilot Club of Citrus County, stopped by our office to drop off $650 in Walmart gift cards to help us meet the needs of the community. Thank you for helping us keep the 53 food pantries, shelters and soup kitchens we serve stocked as the demand for food grows!

The COVID-19 crisis has forced businesses to close, events to be postponed and caused everyday activities to come to a complete halt.  As a result, food pantries and other community resources are facing an unprecedented demand as people who have never asked for assistance before now find themselves in need.

The Community Food Bank of Citrus County (CFBCC) is working hard to meet this growing need. We have been able to keep the 50+ food agencies we serve fully stocked thanks to corporate and individual donations as well as partnerships with Feeding Tampa Bay, Citrus County EOC and FEMA, just to name a few.

If you are facing a furlough or layoff, you can count on the CFBCC – the largest food provider in Citrus County – to keep your nearest food agency stocked and ready to serve you. While this assistance may help ease your food bill, there are also other monthly expenses you may be able to temporarily reduce. 

Many companies, banks and creditors are working with their customers during this difficult and unforeseen crisis. Now is the time to ask if you can postpone making payments or set up a reduced payment or service plan.  Consider contacting the following to explain your situation and see how they can help:

  • Mortgage lender
  • Auto loan lender(s)
  • Utilities companies
  • Internet service provider
  • Cable provider
  • Home and mobile phone providers

Reducing as many bills as possible is key during this time.  Every little bit helps!

The CFBCC continues to need volunteers and monetary support. If you and/or your business are able to help, please give us a call today.  We’ll make it through this together!

Just because you’re staying home doesn’t mean you can’t have fun! The Community Food Bank of Citrus County invites you to join us for our Non-Event Event.

Community Food Bank of Citrus County

We’ve all been taken by surprise by the coronavirus (COVID-19). Many people who have been laid off or furloughed are now finding it difficult to make ends meet. The Community Food Bank of Citrus County (CFBCC) is committed to keeping the more than 50 local food agencies (shelters, ministries, food pantries, etc.) we serve fully stocked and ready to serve those in need throughout our community.

We would like to extend a special thank you to three organizations who have generously donated to the CFBCC to help ensure our growing needs are met:

$2500

Enterprise Holdings Foundation

$2500

Wawa

Intersection of County Road 486 and County Road 491, Lecanto

$2000

Sam’s Club

13360 Cortez Blvd., Brooksville

We understand that many businesses are dealing with challenges as a result of COVID-19. The CFBCC is truly fortunate and grateful that the Enterprise Holdings Foundation, Wawa and Sam’s Club have stepped up to the plate to help us help the community. We couldn’t do it without your generous support!

Community Food Bank of Citrus County

Special thank you to the Black Diamond Foundation for donating $20,000 toward a new 2020 International Commercial Refrigerated truck with a 12 pallet capacity!

This new truck will help distribute an additional 21,000 pounds of food per month (14,000 meals) to local food pantries and ministries. Ensuring our agencies have access to fresh, quality food is more important than ever to accommodate the growing need as a result of coronavirus (COVID-19).

The Community Food Bank of Citrus County (CFBCC) will be raising funds to offset the $115,000 debt on the truck which has been recently added to our distribution fleet. We currently have three refrigerated distribution trucks in service. Each truck travels approximately 600 miles every week to pick-up and deliver an average of 10,000 pounds of food to the 50+ agencies we serve. The newest of the fleet replaced a 2011 truck that accumulated more than 250,000 miles serving the CFBCC’s mission.

We are extremely grateful to the Black Diamond Foundation for their very generous donation that will help us address the growing needs throughout our community.

Kings Bay Rotary Generously Donates $1500

Special thank you to Kings Bay Rotary in Crystal River for their generous $1500 donation!  Executive Director Barbara Sprague had the opportunity to speak to this esteemed group of seasoned public servants and business leaders. She outlined the mission, vision and impact of the Community Food Bank of Citrus County and they were extremely thankful for the progress we are making in the fight against hunger throughout Citrus County.

We, in turn, are thankful for the generous support of organizations like Kings Bay Rotary who help make the good work we do possible!  THANK YOU!

We are always grateful when members of our community take it upon themselves to raise money for the Community Food Bank of Citrus County.  Special thank you to the Last Chance Band, a local classic rock and country band.  They raised $788 during a recent performance at Walden Woods South Clubhouse.  We sincerely appreciate this great group of gentlemen and all the people who donated!

If you haven’t heard the Last Chance Band perform, be sure to check out their Facebook page: