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Citrus County free food pantries.

The charities as well as non-profit operated food pantries listed below help struggling Citrus County families. The hours of operation of each center vary as well as the exact type of assistance administered. However these food banks may offer fresh produce and baked goods, vouchers for shopping for holiday meals, canned food, baby formula, or even frozen meat to their clients.

Since the root cause of hunger also needs to be addressed in order to ensure the family can provide for themselves, many of the food pantries hold parent education classes or budgeting sessions. These will help them learn how to shop for affordable yet healthy groceries. Or this includes applications to SNAP food stamps or USDA programs.

The other option in Citrus County is a soup kitchen. These are not just for the homeless, but families in poverty can get a free meal, including at Christmas or Thanksgiving.

St Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish
1460 W. St. Elizabeth Place
Citrus Springs, FL 34434
(352) 489-4889
Personal goods, such as soap or clothing, is provided along with an emergency box of food. Volunteers from the church also can deliver meals to the homebound.

Citrus County Meals On Wheels
Telephone: 352-527-5975
Clients need to be low income and age 60 and older.

1st United Methodist of Inverness soup kitchen
Phone: 726-2522

Helping Hand of Our Lady of Fatima
604 US Highway 41 South Thrift Store and Helping Hands Office
Our Lady Of Fatima Church
Inverness, Florida 34450
(352) 726-1707
The charity has a soup kitchen as well as pantry for residents of Floral City, Inverness and Hernando. They also offer utility bill help as well as medications.




Daystar Life Center Of Citrus County
Address is 6751 West Gulf to Lake Highway
Crystal River, FL 34429
(352) 795-8668
Vouchers can be used to pay for groceries and they also run a food pantry in Citrus County. Meat, dairy, baby formula for new single moms, fruit for children, and Christmas meals/gifts are provided.

Annie W Johnson Senior Center
Donations allow the location to feed the elderly and disabled. They also offer information on Medicare, recreational activities, games, and more.

Citrus County Family Resource Center
2435 North Florida Avenue
Hernando, Florida 34442
(352) 344-100
Referrals are given to shelters, pantries, parenting programs, job training, and more.

Crystal River Church of God
On Tuesdays, call the charity at 795-3079

Citrus United Basket
Location - 103 North Mill Avenue
Inverness, Florida 34450
Dial (352) 344-2242 for information.

Mid Florida Community Services
Phone: (352) 796-1425
Information and referrals are given.




Salvation Army - Citrus County
Main pantry address - 712 South School Avenue
Lecanto, FL 34460
(352) 513-4960
A Mobile food canteen is on site. Case managers also offer shelter, applications to food stamps, hygien items, and financial aid as a last resort. The Angel Tree program may provide kids with free toys and families entire Christmas meals.

Feeding America also helps low income residents of Citrus County. They offer a backpack snack program for children, tips on grocery shopping, and a database of food pantries. Call 813.254.1190.


By Jon McNamara

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