Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

CITRUS COUNTY HARVEST INC

Silencing Hunger

aka Citrus County Blessings

Lecanto, FL

Mission

To inform, serve and facilitate the feeding of those in need through an ever-present volunteer network.

Ruling Year

2000

Chair / Executive Director

Mrs. C. Grace Hengesbach

Main Address

PO BOX 82 Citrus County Harvest, Inc.

Lecanto, FL 34460 USA

Formerly Known As

Blessings in a Backpack

Keywords

child, children, food, insecure, school, teacher, guidance counselor, student, students, elementary, middle, high, primary, food pantry

EIN

59-3575428

 Number

1972484689

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS Filing Requirement

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

We are working to address the issue of childhood food insecurity. The children we are serving do not have access to adequate and nutritional food on Saturday and Sunday when they are unable to participate in the free/reduced meal program at school. This is hindering their ability to grow and learn.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Citrus County Blessings

Feed the Kids

Harvest

Where we work

Our Results

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Total pounds of food rescued

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Related program

Harvest

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals served or provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

K-12 (5-19 years)

Related program

Citrus County Blessings

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

Each weekend of the academic year every child enrolled in the program receives 6 meals through this program.

Charting Impact

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Streamline food product acquisition Improve nutritional value of items served Clearly Identify Populations Served Develop manual for school personnel Maximize use of resources to reach populations served across county Identify need and funding sources Recruit / identify a coordinator for each program Consistently engage the community through multiple media channels Develop specific obligations for each board member taking into account individual talents Create a media campaign to highlight the uniqueness of programs Form a committee to create ways to attract and retain talent in three areas: staff, volunteers, board Identify new avenues of fundraising Improve communication with volunteers Appreciate / Recognize volunteers Succession Planning

Identify funding source for each food resource on an annual basis Modify food menu Create and expand vision statements for existing programs Analyze survey to participants to ensure needs are being met Develop manual for school personnel Schedule annual meeting with Principles and Guidance Counselors Explore options to increase volunteers within school sites Improving / implementing software solutions for client information to include funding Explore central & future pantry sites Utilize various social media platforms, newspapers, television and speaking engagements Identify board commitments annually Evaluate awareness of media community regarding Harvest's mission and program successes Utilize high schools to redesign logo Create a mentor-ship program to match veteran board members with new board members Bus trips to pantry, community service, packing opportunities Create a planning giving program, Identify / apply for grants, Pledge Campaign, Donation Drive, Signature Blessings Events (Big / Small), Direct / Indirect Payroll Deductions, Specific Food Drive, Legacy / Trust Attorney, Strategic Advertising, Locate Untapped Resources, Place Director / Board Members with Significant Donors Survey volunteers: Pantry Managers, specific volunteer groups; Welcome letter to new volunteers Welcome letter to new volunteers: expressing thanks, outlining expectations Annual brunch Event notebooks, list of potential volunteers to move into leadership roles

Utilizing over 800 volunteers each month, we know that many hands make for light work. Each volunteer is assigned a role to ensure we are continuously working towards our goals.

Each year we know if we are making progress by the number of children enrolled, the satisfaction ratings on the surveys we send home with the students and the number of locations we are servicing in our summer program. Additionally, each goal listed on our strategic plan has an anticipated completion date.

Since it's founding, Harvest has conservatively redistributed over a hundred thousand pounds of food to those in need. Since 2009, more than 2,000,000 meals have been given to hungry children within Citrus County. In 2010, Harvest received the John T Barnes Community Organization Award for the work done in the Blessings program. In 2018 Harvest was awarded the Making A Difference Award.

External Reviews

Awards

Every Day Hero 2012

Bay News 9 Every Day Hero

Making a Difference 2019

Citrus County School Board

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Financials

CITRUS COUNTY HARVEST INC

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Board Leadership Practices

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?

No

Organizational Demographics

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

This organization reports that it does not collect this information for Senior Staff and Volunteers.

Sexual Orientation

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Disability

This organization reports that it does not collect this information.

Diversity Strategies

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We track the diversity of vendors (e.g., consultants, professional service firms)
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