A staggering 67% of school aged children in Citrus County are enrolled in the federally funded free / reduced breakfast and lunch programs. Many of these children’s families/caretakers cannot provide adequate nutrition from lunch on Friday to breakfast on Monday morning. The federal program does not address this need. Within Blessings, eighty-five percent of the children served are ages six to 11. The other fifteen percent of children served are ages 12 to 17.
Each child has been recommended for the Blessings Program by a guidance counselor, teacher, or administrative staff at a participating school. All the children participating in the program are on federal food programs. Parents and guardians must sign an authorization for participation in the program, which is kept at the school. The children served are not identified to program volunteers or staff.