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FOOD PANTRIES

-- Daystar Life Center — 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Monday through Friday (excluding holidays), 6751 W. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Crystal River. 352-795-8668. Food for dogs and cats may also be available. Other assistance available. A community service resource.

-- First Baptist Church of Homosassa Life Care Center — 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Thursdays for bread distribution at 10540 W. Yulee Drive, Homosassa. Homosassa residents may receive a bag of canned and dry goods once a month. Call 352-628-3858.

-- A food pantry is provided by St. Timothy Lutheran Church and Life Tree Church from 9:30 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Tuesdays monthly at Life Tree Church on U.S. 19 in Crystal River.

-- For those in need, the food pantry and Beyond the Bread ministries at North Oak Baptist Church are open from 5 to 7 p.m. the second Tuesday monthly and from 10 a.m. to noon the fourth Saturday monthly. The food pantry provides vegetables, meats, prepared foods and more. Beyond the Bread provides nonfood items such as laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towels, some cleaning supplies, personal items and more. Folks are asked to visit only one of those times, once a month, to enable the ministries to serve more people. NOBC is at 9324 N. Elkcam Blvd. in Citrus Springs. For more information, call 352-489-1688.

-- St. Anne’s Episcopal Church — 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday in the administration building, 9870 W. Fort Island Trail, Crystal River. Call 352-795-2176.

-- Citrus United Basket (CUB) — 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 1201 Parkside Ave., Inverness, to assist Citrus County residents facing temporary hardship. Call 352-344-2242 or go online to citrusunitedbasket.org.

-- First Baptist Church of Crystal River — 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 700 N. Citrus Ave. Call 352-795-3367.

-- Our Lady of Fatima — 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday, 604 U.S. 41 S., open to needy residents of Floral City, Hernando and Inverness. Call 352-726-1707.

-- The Citrus County Veterans Coalition’s food pantry, for veterans and their families, operates from 9 a.m. to noon Tuesdays and the first and third Thursdays (excluding holidays) on the DAV lot at 1039 N. Paul Drive in Inverness, just west of U.S. 41, on Independence Highway. The pantry offers a variety of dry, canned and frozen goods (cereals, rice, canned vegetables, soups and meats) for veterans in need. For food assistance, call Linda Enlow at 352-220-6754, see a member at one of CCVC’s flea markets, or ask a volunteer during food pantry hours.

-- Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church — 9 to 10 a.m. the third Tuesday monthly, 6 Roosevelt Blvd. Call 352-746-2144.

-- St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church — 9:30 to 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Call 352-726-3153.

-- First Presbyterian Church of Crystal River — 9:30 a.m. to noon the second and fourth Tuesdays monthly, 1501 SE U.S. 19. Call 352-795-2259.

-- Suncoast Baptist Church — food pantry open for bread distribution from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. Wednesdays, and the second Wednesday monthly is distribution of bagged canned goods, dry goods and meat from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at 5310 S. Suncoast Blvd., Homosassa Springs. Open to Homosassa residents only.

-- Homosassa First United Methodist Church Bread of Life Pantry — 8 to 11 a.m. Thursdays in fellowship hall. Bag of groceries with bread, meat and produce available for Homosassa residents once a month. Call 352-628-4083.

-- Serving our Savior (SOS) — 8:30 to 11 a.m. Thursdays at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 439 E. Norvell Bryant Highway, Hernando. Call 352-513-5857 or sosfoodpantry@gmail.com.

-- Calvary Church — 10 a.m. to noon Thursdays, 2728 E. Harley St., Inverness. Photo ID and proof of Citrus County residency are required. Visitors can receive food once per month. Calvary Church is an equal opportunity provider.

-- Calvary Chapel of Inverness — Free bagged groceries available from noon to 2 p.m. Thursdays at 960 S. U.S. 41. 352-726-1480. Calvary Church is an equal opportunity provider.

-- Floral City First Baptist Church — 1 to 3 p.m. the third Thursday monthly. Proof of residency required.

FREE MEALS

-- Peace Lutheran Church offers a free community meal from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. the third Monday monthly. This is not a fundraiser and there is no charge. Come be our guest(s). We care and you are important to us. All ages are welcome. The Aug. 19 meal will be spaghetti and Bolognese meat sauce, salad, garlic bread, dessert and drink. For more information, call 352-489-5881. Peace Lutheran Church (“The Church on the Hill”) is at 7201 U.S. 41 South in Dunnellon.

-- Free hot meals are available Monday through Friday for clients ages 60-plus at the following community centers. Call to reserve your first meal as a visitor:

* Central Citrus Community Center, 2804 W. Marc Knighton Court, Lecanto. Call 352-527-5993.

* West Citrus Community Center, 8940 W. Veterans Drive, Homosassa. Call 352-795-3831.

* East Citrus Community Center, 9907 E. Gulf-to-Lake Highway, Inverness. Call 352-344-9666.

* Inverness Community Center, 1082 N. Paul Drive, Inverness (from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.). Call 352-726-1009.

-- Inverness First United Methodist Church – Provides a free hot meal to everyone from 11:30 a.m. on Mondays at 1140 Turner Camp Road, Inverness. Call 352-726-2522.

-- Floral City United Methodist Church — 7 to 9 a.m. Tuesdays in Hilton Hall, 8478 E. Marvin St. Call 352-344-1771.

-- St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church’s Feed My Sheep outreach — 11:30 a.m. Wednesdays. Call 352-726-3153.

-- Our Father’s Table — 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. the second, third, fourth and fifth Saturdays monthly at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church, one mile west of the Plantation Inn on West Fort Island Trail. Call 352-795-2176.

GIVEAWAYS

-- El-Shaddai food ministries “brown bag of food” distribution is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays at Crystal River Church of God, 2180 W. 12th Ave. Although food is distributed once a week, families are only eligible for food once a month. Call 352-628-9087 or 352-302-9925.

-- Hernando Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1880 N. Trucks Ave., Hernando, provides food distribution for needy families from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. the second Tuesday monthly. Call 352-212-5159.

-- Christ Christian Bible Ministry distributes food at 1 p.m. Wednesdays at 619 NE Second St., Crystal River. Preparations are being made to provide a hot meal once a week. Call 352-513-8065.

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