How Does a Food Bank work?
Food is donated or sold in bulk to the Food Bank from different sources such as supermarkets, Feeding Tampa Bay, food drives, farms, gardens, wholesalers, food brokers, and individuals. These food items are then collected, sorted, and distributed to 43+ approved agencies who distribute to individuals, families, seniors, working poor, homeless, and anyone else in need.
Who does the Food Bank serve?
The Community Food Bank serves 43 agencies throughout Citrus County and 3 agencies in Hernando County. The member agencies in turn distribute food to families, individuals, children, and seniors suffering from food insecurity. In both Citrus County and Hernando County, the number of individuals affected is approximately 16 to 17% of the total population in each county.
Where does the Food Bank get its food?
- Major Supermarkets such as Publix, Walmart, Winn Dixie, and Save-A-Lot
- Other types of businesses such as CVS, etc.
- Feeding Tampa Bay
- County-wide Food Drives, ie. Post Office Food Drives
- Farms & gardens
- Wholesalers & Food Brokers
- Donations from various service groups and individuals
Does the Food Bank provide other product in addition to canned food?
Yes, the Community Food Bank distributes nutritious quality product such as fresh produce, dairy, eggs, bread, bakery, frozen meats as well as assorted groceries (packaged and canned), miscellaneous personal items, paper products, pet food, and baby items (food, diapers, wipes, etc).
What else does the Food Bank provide for besides food?
The Food Bank also distributes non-food items such as personal hygiene items, paper products, baby diapers, medical supplies, etc. and occasionally pet food when available.
How does the Food Bank help during a natural disaster?
The Community Food Bank partners with the Citrus County Emergency Operations Center, Salvation Army, and others to plan and prepare for potential disasters. Since the Community Food Bank is affiliated with Feeding Tampa Bay, we have the ability to call on them for any additional assistance we might need here in Citrus County. The Community Food Bank would be a local resource for food, water, and other needed supplies.
Does the Food Bank dispose of any food?
Sometimes the product the Community Food Bank receives through donations is deemed unfit for human consumption because of damaged product and/or packaging, potential contamination, out of date perishables, etc. In those cases which are infrequent, the Community Food Bank is able to dispose of this food to local pig farmers and local wildlife sanctuaries.