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CITRUS COUNTY HARVEST INC

Silencing Hunger

aka Citrus County Blessings   |   Lecanto, FL   |  www.citruscountyblessings.org

Mission

To provide food to local children in need through donors, partners and volunteers.

Ruling year info

2000

Chair / Executive Director

Mrs. Christina Reed

Main address

PO BOX 82 Citrus County Harvest, Inc.

Lecanto, FL 34460 USA

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Formerly known as

Blessings in a Backpack

EIN

59-3575428

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Citrus County Blessings

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.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

A summer feeding program for children experiencing food insecurity.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

A food recovery program, collecting and redistributing food from restaurants and businesses at closing time to serve those in need.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Every Day Hero 2012

Bay News 9 Every Day Hero

Making a Difference 2019

Citrus County School Board

Best of the Best Honorable Mention 2020

Citrus County Chamber of Commerce

Best of the Best Honorable Mention 2021

Citrus County Chamber of Commerce

Best of the Best Honorable Mention 2022

Citrus County Chamber of Commerce

John Barnes Community Organization Award 2021

Citrus County Chamber of Commerce

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total pounds of food rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Harvest

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth

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. Breaks occurring for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and Spring Break, an extra 15 meals per week are sent.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

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.

Since its 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. Since the start of Citrus County Blessings in 2009, we have grown our program participation from 50 children to just over 2150. We formed a partnership with our local food bank, allowing us to purchase food at a deep discount for our program. Our summer Feed the Kids program has grown from 50 participants to an average of 430 each week of summer break. We have received the "Best of the Best" runner-up for 2020,2021 and 2022. We also again received the John T Barnes Community Organization Award in 2020. Because of our volunteers and leadership team, we have grown our organization to a well-respected part of our community, making a difference for the children and families living in poverty in our community.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently

Financials

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Operations

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

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CITRUS COUNTY HARVEST INC

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mrs Gail Bockiaro

Retired

Term: 2023 - 2025


Board co-chair

Mrs Heather Hagar

Retired

Term: 2023 - 2025

Carolyn Caffee

Raymond James Financial

Thomas Kennedy

Citrus County School Board

Jordan Keen

Physical Therapist

Joe Dube

Retired

Scott Hebert

CCSD

Donnie Brown

Retired Principal

Phyllis Dixon

Duke

Rick Reynolds

Sales/Marketing

Brandie Ballard

Stanley Steemer

Shavonna Reid

Owner/Right Rudder Aviation

Nancy Dulaney

VP Wawa

Lisa Nummi

CEO HCA Citrus Hospital

Taylor Keeran

Public Relations Coordinator Citrus County Libraries

Robert Burns

Citrus County Chronicle

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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 and 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

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 6/22/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data