Our History

Founded in 2004, We Care is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support our neighbors in need in every way we can. Since it’s inception, We Care has been on the front lines of hunger relief. It has procured and distributed over 50 million pounds of food and household items making it the largest hunger relief organization in Citrus County.

In 2011, We Care broke ground on its Hunger Relief Complex located on West Cardinal Street in Homosassa. Upon opening in 2012, the complex not only houses We Care but also Citrus County’s only food bank which has utilized one of our 7,200 square foot warehouses for over 8 years rent free. In 2019, We Care started the only mobile pantry program in Citrus County. Mobile pantries are designed to the bring the food into the areas that need it the most.

The Next Big Thing

We Care currently holds two food distributions per month at our warehouse. At these distributions we give out shelf stable food items that can stock shelves of families for months without spoiling. We also have household such as cleaning and paper products as well as hygiene products that we regularly distribute.

Our expanded mission is to not only fight hunger in our community, but also the plight of poverty that ravages many in Citrus County. A large sector of the people we serve have full time employment but do not earn enough to take care of their family’s basic needs and we are working to fill those gaps. In partnership with ACCESS Florida, SNAP applicants are now welcomed into the We Care offices where a consultant will walk them through the process of applying for food stamps and Medicaid. While there, everyone is invited to speak with our Medicare consultant who is there to help them through the process of finding secondary insurance to their Medicare benefits. As always, we will continue to sit down with our clients to find out what they need and to further understand the struggles they are facing. They guide us in the direction we should be going to help them in whatever ways we can.

Our Staff

Laura Byrne
Executive Director

Ashley Byrne

Development Manager

Chris Duzen
Operations Manager


Volunteer Board of Directors

  • Diane Toto, President
  • Francesca Paar, Vice President
  • Sean Miller, Secretary
  • James Byrne, Treasurer
  • Jimmy T. Smith, Director



Diane Toto is the founder and Board President of the We Care Food Pantry located in Homosassa, Florida. In 2004, Diane founded the We Care Food Pantry in Homosassa. We Care started with Diane and friends distributing food out of the back of their vehicles to those in need. Over time, she realized how vast the problem of insecurity was in her area and knew that she had to do more. Over the past 13 years, We Care has grown to distribute over 3 million pounds of food per year. Diane has built the largest food distribution warehouse complex in Citrus County. We Care grew beyond Diane’s wildest dreams and it is now able to help pantries over a four county area. While her focus will always remain on Citrus County, she has forged partnerships in Hernando, Sumter and Marion Counties as well. Diane currently serves as the President of the Board of We Care and will be the first tell you she is the “voice of the voiceless”.

Our Online Auction is now LIVE!!

The auction closes October 1, 2021 at 5pm,
the day before our 11th Annual Golf Tournament.

To get to the auction and begin bidding, follow this link:

To Register for the Golf Tournament on October 2
to Benefit We Care Food Pantry follow this link:

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