Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Food Distribution for Low Income Seniors in Hendry, Glades

Yesterday was the first day of distribution of the Commodity Supplemental Food Program in Hendry and Glades counties.

Through the combined partnerships of Harry Chapin Food Bank, United Way and Hope Connections (via staff and volunteers) the agencies were able to provide over 200 low income seniors in LaBelle, Clewiston and Moore Haven with nutritionally sound foods.

We're proud to “Live United” while “Fighting Hunger and Feeding Hope” in rural America!

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Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Hope Connections unites with Harry Chapin and United Way to address senior hunger

Hope Connections is partnering with the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida and United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties to feed seniors in Hendry and Glades.

Residents who are at least 60 and have a household income that meets federal poverty levels can enroll in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which will provide a monthly box of canned fruits and vegetables, juice, dry beans, rice, peanut butter, cereal and other food from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Hope Connections Senior Centers will serve as sign-up locations for the initial enrollment period. Public open enrollment events are scheduled for the following times at Hope Connections locations:

  • Monday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at 1200 South W.C. Owens Ave., Clewiston
  • Monday, July 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 101 Florida Ave. NW, Moore Haven
  • Wednesday, July 15 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. at 475 East Cowboy Way, LaBelle

The United Way House also will accept applications Monday through Wednesday through July 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 133 North Bridge Street, LaBelle.

“Throughout Glades and Hendry counties, so many seniors are going hungry. Working together, Hope Connections and Harry Chapin Food Bank will serve as a safety net for all who need our help,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “Requests to join our Connections program grow exponentially with each passing year and we depend on key partnerships with other organizations, as well as donations, to meet the increasing need.”

Monday, July 6, 2015

Hope Hospice receives $25,000 from Greenbrier Classic golfer George McNeill’s hole-in-one

Fort Myers resident and PGA golfer George McNeill aced the par-3 18th in the first round at The Greenbrier Classic today, winning $25,000 to donate to his charity of choice. McNeill didn’t hesitate: his choice was Hope Hospice.

McNeill’s sister, Michelle, passed away in the Cape Hope Hospice House almost exactly a year ago, while her little brother shot his lowest score ever – a 61 – at The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia.

Today, McNeill scored his second hole-in-one The Greenbrier in the space of one year. McNeill’s mother Dottie called Hope to share the news.

“We are truly grateful for George’s most generous acknowledgement of the care we provided for his sister,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “It is our privilege to provide comfort and care when it is needed most.”

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