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.

Food Pantry

Emergency Food assistance

An Emergency Food Pantry is an important part of the operations for any community service agency.  The challenge occurs when food pantries become the primary long-term source of assistance for a family. Despite the good intentions of neighbors, churches and agencies – pantry use without solutions or alternatives actually contributes to generational poverty.

United Against Poverty partners with dozens of other community organizations to meet immediate food needs for those who are struggling to put food on the table. Through these collaborative efforts, other health challenges are also addressed and families are connected with resources that will break the terrible cycle of poverty.

*Donations of food can be dropped off at our locations seven days a week between 8:30am – 5pm.

How The Food Assistance Program Works

Churches, other non-profits, government agencies, companies and even individuals refer adults to our Life Enrichment Program.  Many times the primary referral need is food insecurity and hunger.  Notably, hunger in the United States is a product of poverty and the long-term goal of the UP Center is to address this primary issue and help individuals and families to lift themselves out of poverty.

First time visitors to the Life Enrichment Program are often sent home with a small supply of emergency food as an introduction to the services we offer.  Staff and volunteers will use this encounter to determine if a long-term relationship with the UP Center staff and volunteers would be beneficial to them.

After an initial visit, most families are enrolled in one of the UP programs where they can earn food, transportation assistance or even tuition assistance based on their participation level.  These programs are core to our philosophy of two-way giving. Offering an exchange, we empower people to do for themselves, rather than simply being a recipient.  One way giving programs become detrimental and lead to dependency, rather than empowerment.  Bob Lupton, author of Charity Detox states “the only effective charity is the kind that asks more from those being served, rather than less. Asking for more sends an affirming message to the recipient that he or she also has something of value to offer.”

As a rule, we keep a certain inventory of 18 different categories of food (list below) and encourage families and organizations hosting a food drive to stress these essential items amongst their donors.  By focusing on these items, we are able to provide nutritionally dense foods to those in need.

Most Useful Food 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 St. Lucie County

Emergency Food assistance