About Our Blessings Program
Citrus County Harvest, a non-profit, 501c3 registered charity is dedicated to silencing the hunger. Every year, thousands of children are enrolled in the federal school breakfast and lunch assisted-meals program. Some of these children are so poor they go home on Friday, and don't eat another meal until they get to school on Monday.
Citrus County Harvest 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 poorest of the poor from these schools, Blessings volunteers supply needed nutrition through our Blessings program. Our Blessings program is in 11 schools and is serving locally over 900 children. Surprisingly, it only takes $125 to feed one child on the weekends through the entire school year.
In Citrus County, our Blessings program was started in 2009, with Hernando Elementary School being 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. Beginning the 2013-2014 school year, Forest Ridge and Rock Crusher Elementary added.
In Citrus County, Florida, a staggering 67% of public school children are on government-assisted meal programs. Many of these children go from Friday afternoon until Monday morning with no access to food or meals, other than that provided by charities, such as our Blessings program.
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
To inform, serve and facilitate the feeding of those in need through an ever-present volunteer network.
We are the responsive and compassionate link between the donors and local agencies that can best utilize the donation.
*Florida's Good Samaritan Law, adopted by the Florida State Legislature in 1898, is designed with the intent of protecting all donors of food to the needy.