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

Over the past two years, we have established three mobile pantry sites.

In 2021, we are proud to be hosting 15 mobile pantries per month that will reach all parts of Citrus County as well as areas of its surrounding counties. We will be offering these mobile pantries on our own as well as with our many food pantry partners. Over the last 16 years, We Care has continued to introduce new programs in order to best serve the families in need of Citrus County.

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
lbyrnewecare@gmail.com

Patrick Crippen
Director of Community Relations
wecarefoodpantry1017@outlook.com

Ashley Byrne
Development Manager
abyrnewecare@gmail.com

Chris Duzen
Operations Manager
cduzenwecare@gmail.com

Kelvin Moore
Warehouse Manager
kmoorewecare@gmail.com

Volunteer Board of Directors

  • Diane Toto, President
  • Francesca Paar, Vice President
  • Heather Crippen, Treasurer
  • Sean Miller, Secretary
  • Jimmy T. Smith, Director
  •  Doug Hockenberry
  • Jason Bucy

 

ONE WOMAN, ONE  DREAM

Endless Possibilities

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”.