Citrus County Animal Services and Community food Bank Create Partnership
Citrus County Animal Services and Community Food Bank of Citrus County have joined together to help the many people in Citrus County who suffer from food insecurity and who could also use some help to feed their pets in these difficult times. In Citrus County, more than one in six individuals (23,000) and more than one in four children suffer due to lack of adequate food each day. The Community Food Bank has 43 approved food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters that work together to address hunger in Citrus County. This organization sometimes receives very limited amounts of donated pet food which are made available to agencies that have clients with pets. It also benefits Animal Services by reducing the number of animals for which they have to assume responsibility because of inadequate care.
Citrus County Animal Services for several years had an animal food program for citizens in need of pet food who could not afford to purchase it. Generous residents were donating pet food to Animal Services, which they in turn, were giving back to the community to citizens in need of pet food to provide for their animals rather than surrendering them to the shelter. With Animal Services located in Inverness, it was difficult for those in need who lived in central and western Citrus County to have easy access to this available pet food.
Citrus County Animal Services and Community Food Bank have established a Pet Food Donation & Distribution Program to help individuals and families who suffer from food insecurity, who qualify for various nutrition assistance programs, and who could use some extra help to feed their pets in these difficult times.
The Community Food Bank and eight of their approved food pantries will now serve as official drop off locations for Citrus County residents who wish to donate pet food to help clients. Pet food donations are limited to packaged dry food and/or canned food for dogs and cats only. Open packages and containers cannot be accepted. The strategy to establish multiple donation drop-off locations throughout the county is intended to make it easier and more convenient for residents to make these donations at a location near where they live and work. All pet food donations received will be distributed only to pet owners who qualify as individuals and families suffering from food insecurity and need assistance from a local food pantry. Please contact one of the food pantries to learn more about the qualifications for an individual or family in need of food assistance.
While Citrus County Animal Services will continue to be drop off location, they will no longer distribute pet food to residents from their location. All pet food donations dropped off at the Animal Services location will be given to the Community Food Bank for allocation to one of their approved food pantries to distribute to their clients. Residents who need assistance should contact one of the eight food pantries to determine if they qualify as individuals or families for food assistance. The Pet Food Donation & Distribution Program is another opportunity to help food insecure individuals and families in need of assistance and in need of our community support.
If you wish to make a cash or monetary donation to the Pet Food Donation Program, please contact the Community Food Bank of Citrus County at 352-628-3663 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Donations should be mailed to Community Food Bank of Citrus County, P.O. Box 2824, Crystal River, FL 34423. Please make sure you designate Pet Food Donation when making donations to this program.