We are in this together…UNITED!

Our hearts go out to all those affected by the Coronavirus.

All of us at United Against Poverty would like to express our concern, love and supportto those who have experienced illness or loss of a loved one due to COVID-19.

Even though our everyday lives have changed significantly during these past few weeks, the human spirit has shown great resilience through remarkable acts of compassion towards others. We extend our deepest gratitude to all those who have united to serve the greater good during this unprecedented time. Thanks to the support of the community, United Against Poverty (UP) is proud to be part of the effort and provide much-needed assistance in unique ways.

Through hurricanes, recessions and now pandemics, we as a state have stayed Florida Strong. During these times— and all of the days in between—United Against Poverty has been proud to serve. United Against Poverty relies on individual donations to provide services to those in need. With your continued support, our team will provide services for all of the people that we can, in all of the ways that we can, for as long as we can. Please consider making a gift here and typing “COVID-19“ in the message field. We cannot do this without your support!

Getting groceries into the hands of those who need it most.

With school out of session, 58.4% of Florida students no longer receive regular meals through the free and reduced breakfast and lunch program. Much of our state’s workforce is unable to provide for their families.Senior citizens living on limited incomes are particularly vulnerable. People everywhere are stressed about being able to purchase groceries for their families. For these reasons and the thousands of Floridians we serve daily, our Member Share Grocery Program has continued to be available for those who need it most. In the crucial days between March 10 and March 25 (the date of this publication), 20,709 low-income families turned to our Member Share Grocery Program at all three UP Centers for the food and household supplies needed to sustain their families.

To maintain the highest level of service and sanitation during this time, UP has altered our program hours and added shifts that allow for our grocery team to be on-site in staggered increments. Throughout the day, checklists are carefully followed to disinfect commonly-used surfaces on an hourly basis. Before and after normal program operating hours, our team focuses on deep cleaning and restocking to ensure those who visit the following day are able to find the items their family needs.

The need to be connected has never been greater.

In response to the closing of libraries and public access points, United Against Poverty has redesigned the computer labs at each of our UP Centers to meet and exceed recommendations by the CDC. Workstations are positioned more than six feet apart and may only be used by one person at a time. After each use, the stations are thoroughly disinfected using a checklist that includes aerosol, spray and wipe cleaners. Despite the closure of State Agency offices, our labs ensure adults may continue to access and apply for vital programs such as Reemployment Assistance and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the nation’s largest domestic food and nutrition assistance program for low-income Americans. Additionally, the computer labs allow our team to provide ongoing assistance with employment applications and connect parents with resources and learning opportunities for their children.

Now, more than ever, we are grateful for your support.