Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Hope Connections Addresses Senior Hunger

Hope Connections, a program of Hope Healthcare that provides at-home senior support, soon will be able to feed an additional 1,450 seniors in Hendry and Glades counties.

Residents who are at least 60 and have a household income that meets federal poverty levels can enroll in the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services Commodity Supplemental Food Program during sign up events at Hope Connections, which serves as a local administering agency.

CSFP provides a monthly box of canned fruits and vegetables, juice, dry beans, rice, peanut butter, cereal and other food to eligible seniors so they don’t have to choose between eating or paying bills or buying medicine.

Public open enrollment events are scheduled from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the following Hope Connections dates and locations:
  • Thursdays, May 18 and May 25 at 101 Florida Ave. NW, Moore Haven
  • Tuesdays, May 23 and May 30 at 1200 South W.C. Owen Ave., Clewiston
Last year, Hope Connections provided more than 24,000 meals to underprivileged seniors in Hendry and Glades counties through home delivery and social meal centers.

“Throughout Glades and Hendry counties, so many seniors are going hungry. Working together, Hope Connections and Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida will serve as a safety net for all who need our help,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope Healthcare. “Requests to join our Hope 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.”

Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida president and CEO, Richard LeBer and Samira K. Beckwith load a participant’s trunk with nutritious food.

Program participant Shurland “Duke” Williams volunteers to distribute food to others