VERO BEACH – John’s Island Real Estate Company will be collecting unopened, shelf-stable food items to help United Against Poverty (UP) of Indian River County through May 20.

Seasonal residents planning to clean out their pantries before leaving for the summer, or full-time residents who are reorganizing their pantries, can help local families in need by supporting UP’s efforts to bridge the hunger gap that exists for the families of over 10,000 school-age children in Indian River County.

Local poverty facts:

• 44 percent of households earn less than basic survival budget
• Over 55 percent of our school children qualify for free or subsidized lunches
• One in four children under the age of five live in poverty
• UP serves families that live at or below the 200 percent federal poverty level

UP inspires and empowers people living in poverty to lift themselves and their family to economic self-sufficiency by offering hunger relief, crisis care, transformative education and employment training opportunities.

Donations will help to supply their food pantry, which tends to be emptier in the summer months and during the holiday breaks when children are off school and seasonal workers are unemployed. Tax-deductible gifts can also be donated securely online at unitedagainstpoverty.org.

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