UP GROCERY ANNOUNCES ADJUSTMENT OF HOURS RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS

Effective March 19, Member Share Grocery Program hours at our three UP Centers located in Orlando, Indian River County and St. Lucie County will transition to be Monday - Saturday, from 9 a.m. until 6 p.m., with our Orlando and St. Lucie County locations also operating Sundays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. To streamline our operations to focus on the increased need at our main Indian River UP Center, our satellite grocery program located in South Vero Beach will close at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 21.

As we continue to focus on serving the community during this increased time of need, our programs remain available to low-income families.

For more details on our response to this ever-changing situation, including the enhanced precautionary measures we are taking to protect every person who steps foot onto each of our campuses, please click here.

In stressful situations, many of our neighbors turn to United Against Poverty for information, direction and reassurance. Now more than ever, we are deeply grateful for your support.

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OUR MAIN CAMPUS HAS MOVED!

As of Monday, January 27 our North Member Share Grocery, Crisis Stabilization, Education and Success Training Employment Programs– as well as collaborating partner services– are operating fully out of our new facility. Located at 1400 27th Street, our new UP Center is just across the street from our former US-1 campus – click here for a map.

Help Keep The Pantry Stocked

Emergency Food assistance An Emergency Food Pantry is an important part of the operations for any community service agency.  It is when food pantries become the primary long term source of assistance for a family that the good intentions of neighbors, churches and agencies actually contribute to generational poverty. United Against Poverty partners with dozens of other community organizations to not only meet immediate food needs for families struggling to put food on the table, but also address health challenges and connect families with resources that will break the terrible cycle of poverty.

*Donations of food can be dropped off at UP Indian River North Monday-Friday between 9am – 5pm.

How The Food Assistance Program Works

Our first time visitors to our center are always sent home with a small supply of emergency food.  We keep good records of all our families and determine in partnership with the first time guest if they would benefit from a long term relationship with the UP Center staff and volunteers.  Churches, other non-profits, government agencies, companies and even individuals refer adults to our programs.  Many times the primary referral rationale is food insecurity or hunger.  However, hunger in the United States is a product of poverty. Our long-term goal is to address this primary issue and help individuals and families to lift themselves out of poverty. After a first time visit, case managers are empowered to provide additional food resources from our pantry or vouchers to our grocery program.  However, after a first visit, most families are enrolled in one of our programs where they can earn food, transportation assistance or even tuition assistance based on their participation level.  These programs like Passport to Prosperity or Earn While You Learn are core to our philosophy of two-way giving to avoid toxic charity and encourage empowerment over entitlement. As a rule, we keep a certain inventory of 1p different categories of products (list below) and encourage families and organizations hosting a food drive to stress these essential items amongst their donors.  While there is nothing wrong with a good can of beets, a jar of peanut butter can go a long way to providing nutritionally dense food for someone in need.

Most Useful Donations

Baby Food | Basic Feminine Hygiene Products | Bottled Water | Canned Fruit (pop top lid) | Cereal Bars | Canned Beans | Canned Potatoes| Canned Soup | Diapers | Ensure | Jams or Jellies | Oatmeal | Pasta | Peanut Butter | Rice | Small Boxed Cereal | Saltine Crackers | Tuna | Vienna Sausage

Map To UP Indian River County