Citrus County Harvest, Inc. has been operating our Blessings program since 2009, with the singular purpose of helping feed these children of less fortunate families on the weekends, when they don’t have access to government subsidized meals. Working in close cooperation with guidance counselors from enrolled schools to choose the neediest children from these schools, Blessings volunteers supply needed nutrition through our Blessings program. Our Blessings program is in all 18 mainstream public schools and is serving locally over 1,450 children.
In Citrus County, our Blessings program was started in 2009 as Blessings in a Backpack. Hernando Elementary School was the pilot participating school. Homosassa Elementary was added in September, 2010 and Floral City Elementary was added in February, 2011. Schools participating during the 2011-2012 school year include: Lecanto Primary, Crystal River Primary, Central Ridge Elementary and Citrus Springs Elementary, Inverness Primary & Pleasant Grove Elementary. During this school year, the program changed names from Blessings in a Backpack to Citrus County Blessings, as we branched off from the national organization in an effort to keep food and monetary donations local. Beginning the 2013-2014 school year, Forest Ridge and Rock Crusher Elementary added followed by Inverness Middle, Citrus Springs Middle and Citrus High School in 2014-2015. The school year of 2015-2016 saw the addition of the four remaining mainstream schools; Crystal River Middle, Lecanto Middle, Crystal River High and Lecanto High.
Through Citrus County Blessings weekend meals program, children benefit via:
Increased access to vitamin-fortified food
Increased attendance at school
Higher test scores
Reduced behavioral problems
Increased parental participation
Citrus County Harvest, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) non-profit that is dedicated to silencing hunger.