CITRUS COUNTY, Fla. – The number of families still struggling to get food on the table in Citrus County continues to increase, but according to the Citrus County Community Food Bank, for every dollar donated, they can prepare about 10 meals.
What you need to know
- Citrus Regency Community Food Bank officials said the number of needy families continued to increase in the district
- Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, the food bank served around 17,000 people; currently serving around 60,000 people
- Officials say for every dollar donated to the food bank, about 10 meals can be prepared
A year after the COVID-19 pandemic, food banks are still setting record numbers of needy people.
Food Bank Executive Director Barbara Sprague told Bay News 9 that it takes about 24 hours for donations to arrive and be distributed to needy families.
“We used to feed about 17,000 people across our territory in this community and now we continue to feed about 60,000,” he said.
The community has partnered with local restaurants and local barbershop for their annual Empty Bowls event to help fight hunger.
“Every time you buy something at one of our restaurants and eat there or go there, it helps feed other people’s families,” he said of the Empty Bowl Campaign.
Sprague says his goal is to raise about $ 10,000 during the week of April 11-17 through the Empty Bowl Campaign.
“We want to make sure we get as many pounds as possible here because we want to push that poundage out and into the mouths and stomachs of people who are facing food insecurity today,” said Sprague.
He said in Citrus County the assistance was extraordinary. Some people have even donated their stimulus checks to help get more food in the warehouse because they feel they don’t need it as much as they feel others in the community could benefit from, said Sprague.
Below is a list of restaurants in Citrus County that have partnered to help the Food Bank:
- Tim’s Barbershop
- Amy is at Avenue Boutique & Bistro
- Cow Dog Coffee Roaster
- Wallace is in the Greenhouse
- Manatee Maven
- Twenty Two Katch Restaurant
Visit too feed352.org for restaurant specials and online donations.