Citrus Memorial Hospital
December 14, 2021

Pictured (from left to right): Tammi Robinson, Bill Bowser, Craig McCurdy, Sheila Renfroe, and Suzanne Thompson with 2,728 pounds of food donated to the Community Food Bank by Citrus Memorial Hospital caregivers. 

Citrus Memorial Hospital recently held a “Healthy Food for Healthier Tomorrows” food drive to benefit the Community Food Bank of Citrus County. The two-week donation drive amongst hospital caregivers resulted in an overall donation of 2,728 pounds of food and a $5,000 monetary donation.

Food banks and pantries have seen an increase in demand during the COVID-19 pandemic with the Community Food Bank of Citrus County and the more than 50 partner agencies they serve providing meals for 70,000 people each month.

“Our mission is to improve the health and quality of life of our community members, and good nutrition is critical to good health,” said Citrus Memorial Hospital CEO Ginger Carroll. “Our Healthy Food for Healthier Tomorrows food drive was held with an eye toward collecting food rich in fiber and protein. Hospital caregivers were encouraged to make donations of canned meat, low sodium vegetables and fruit packed in water or juice to ensure community members facing food insecurity have access to high-quality nourishment.”

Before the non-perishable food items were donated to the local food bank, hospital caregivers used cans to create a sculpture. The stethoscope can sculpture was entered into a contest among other HCA Florida Healthcare West Florida Division hospitals and won first place: an additional $5,000 donation to the Community Food Bank of Citrus County.

“We appreciate the partnership we’ve built over the years with Citrus Memorial Hospital,” said Community Food Bank of Citrus County Executive Director Barbara Sprague. “The Healthy Food for Healthier Tomorrows food drive and donation from the can sculpture contest are another remarkable way to partner together for our community. We know hunger hurts and we appreciate everything the hospital does to help stop that.”

Pictured: Registered Nurse Jen Losse, HR VP Rene Thomas, and COO Josh Moore pose with a can sculpture created using a small portion of the donated canned goods. The sculpture was entered into a contest among HCA Florida Healthcare West Florida Division hospitals and won first place: an additional $5,000 donation to the Community Food Bank of Citrus County.