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.”