Title: President, Founder
Company: We Care Food Pantry
Location: Homosassa, Florida, United States
Diane Toto, President and Founder at We Care Food Pantry, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Executives for dedication, achievements, and leadership in community service.
Inspired to pursue her career of service due to a calling from God, Ms. Toto has served as the president and founder of We Care Food Pantry based out of Homosassa, Florida since 2002. Working on the frontlines of hunger relief in communities ravaged by poverty, the mission of We Care Food Pantry is to support neighbors in need in any and every way possible. In Citrus County, a large sector of the people the organization serves have full-time employment but do not earn enough to take care of their family’s basic needs. Ms. Toto and the We Care Food Pantry work to fill those gaps by sitting down with clients, understanding the struggles they are facing and coming up with a plan to offer support and aid. One way this is achieved is the organization sends out trucks to recover food from grocery stores throughout the area three days a week, as well as to collect laundry detergents, cleaning supplies and hygiene products to redistribute to the community.
Prior to her humanitarian efforts, Ms. Toto served as a property manager in New York. With her property background, upon choosing to spearhead her nonprofit, she had impeccable skills to help her secure a workspace. Following various obstacles and serious conversations with God, Ms. Toto eventually bought land from a friend. She now holds nearly 20 years of experience serving underserved communities in Florida and is renowned for having built the largest food distribution warehouse complex in Citrus County. Ms. Toto finds the most rewarding part of her work to see people’s facial expressions when receiving a meal, as for some, they are their last lifeline. Coined “the voice of the voiceless” by local newspapers, Ms. Toto plans to use her voice and privilege until she reaches her retirement.
For her unmatched success in community service, Ms. Toto was named a Tampa Bay Lightning Community Hero in 2018, which came with $50,000 to use toward the We Care Food Pantry. She calls this achievement the highlight of her career. In addition to this recognition, she is distinguished and honorably recognized within her community for being the type of person that does not stop for anything, as when she sets her mind to do something she makes sure it happens. She is also a member of her local Chamber of Commerce. Looking ahead in her career, Ms. Toto has many more ideas for the nonprofit, including acquiring a food truck to serve hot meals and ways for people to sign up for food stamps or Medicaid. In order to assure the continued success of We Care Food Pantry, Ms. Toto has put a succession plan in place for the nonprofit organization to continue to run successfully and feed the hungry long after she is gone.
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