Citrus County Kids are Hungry

Seventy-two percent of Citrus County’s school aged population participate in free or reduced lunch. Within that statistic 68% qualify for free lunch. In real time numbers, it equates to 11,084 students in the county experiencing some level of food insecurity at home. When these children leave school on Friday afternoon they are not always certain of where their next meal will come from.

Help Arrives

Feed children Citrus CountyMost well-known for the Blessings program, Citrus County Harvest is a local nonprofit program working towards silencing hunger in our community. We provide meals each weekend to more than 1,500 children in need. Students are also given additional food to take home over the school breaks. The Blessings program operates within 25 local schools.  Participating students, referred by school staff, take home a bag containing six meals each Friday of the academic year.

Utilizing approximately 800 volunteers each month to transport, shelve, pack and distribute the weekend meal bags, the program only maintains a staff of two. The organization manages a budget of a little more than $400,000 with the overwhelming majority of funds being used to purchase the nonperishable items sent home with the students. Ten of our 17 pantries are located inside middle and high schools where the students pack bags for their peers.

Crystal River Rotary Contributes $8000 in 2018

Blessings depends on the support of this community in order to fulfil our mission of silencing weekend hunger. A gift of $175 will provide one child weekend and holiday food for an entire year. Visit our website to donate today.