Thousands of low-income families throughout the Treasure Coast are without food due to power outages in the area. To meet the needs of the community and continue to help vulnerable families, United Against Poverty’s Product Partners have committed, for immediate delivery, 25 truckloads of food to provide relief. Each truckload can feed 1,200 families.
“Many of our neighbors have been adversely affected by Hurricane Irma. Thousands of working poor families have lost food and income due to businesses being shut down,” explained Austin Hunt, CEO/Founder, United Against Poverty. “Let’s step up together and provide a hand up. Your donation is needed now more than ever. If you don’t have the means to give financially, we also need volunteers.”
Member Share Grocery Program memberships are free and immediately available for families making an income at 200 percent federal poverty level or below ($49,200 for a family of four). Applications are available online at UPIRC.org for two Indian River County locations or at UPSLC.org for the Fort Pierce location. Or onsite at UP Centers located at 1308 28th Street and 1050 Old Dixie Highway in Vero Beach or 2520 Orange Avenue in Fort Pierce.
In addition to the grocery program, UP’s Emergency Food Pantry can provide assistance for those who need immediate help.
Financial support will help to cover transportation costs to get food into the hands of people that have been devastated by Hurricane Irma. Those wishing to make a donation to help get food to those that need it most on the Treasure Coast can donate at UPIRC.org for Indian River County or UPSLC.org for St. Lucie County or call 772-770-0740. Volunteers can call 772-564-9365 for Indian River and 772-468-8543 for St. Lucie counties.
Founded in 2003, United Against Poverty is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. Its purpose is to inspire and empower those living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency.