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JoanFL

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Review for Citrus County Harvest, Inc., LECANTO, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a long time volunteer, and now board member of Citrus County Harvest, operating as Citrus County Blessings. We provide weekend meals to school children who might otherwise not get proper nutrition or meals. We are so fortunate to have been embraced by our community. We now serve all public and several private schools and academies in our primarily rural, economically challenged communities. This is a story about Hurricane Irma and dedicated guidance counselors from schools we serve. Because of the threat of Hurricane Irma, schools were closed without much notice and bags did not get packed to send to schools. Several guidance counselors who were concerned about their students not having enough food went to our pantries, packed food, and delivered them personally to the homes of children from their schools who receive our services. While the rest of Florida was going crazy fighting over bottled water and gas, these amazing counselors focused on individual children, and their families. As soon as Irma passed through, volunteers were scrambling to get extra food to children and their families. Congratulations to our network of volunteers, the local community food bank and the caring staff of Citrus County schools!

Role:  Board Member
 

Review for Citrus County Harvest, Inc., LECANTO, FL, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Citrus County Harvest, running the Blessings program, is a local program serving the children of Citrus County, Florida. Their mission is to erase weekend hunger for school children, so they will be prepared to learn during the week. They have built an amazing program serving 16 elementary schools, three middle schools and one high school in our rural and low income county. Each week an army of volunteers puts together bags of food to feed a child breakfast, lunch and dinner, as well as snacks and beverages, for the weekend. These bags are delivered to the schools on Friday and the children pick them up on their way to their school buses. This is a strictly local program with no fees to national organizers. Blessings was started single handedly by an immensely dedicated woman, and has been built into a county-wide effort. The numbers grow every year and the program is in great need of all donations.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not change anything!

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you tell others about this organization?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2015

Role:  Board Member