ST. LUCIE COUNTY – State Representative Larry Lee will make a visit to the United Against Poverty’s UP Center at 2520 Orange Avenue on Thursday, May 5 to present a State Farm check of $10,000. The Center (formerly known as Harvest Food and Outreach) is pleased to receive State Farm’s grant.

Representative Lee has been actively involved with the Center, which is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. The funds will be used to support the UP Center mission of lifting lives by offering a hand up to those in the community struggling in their fight against poverty.

United Against Poverty offers programs designed to conserve resources; enhance knowledge, skills and experience; provide hope and crisis stabilization; and restore dignity, choice and control. The member share grocery program is available to local residents earning less than 200 percent of the federal poverty level.

Other programs include Success Training for Employment and Emotional Intelligence Training, as well as a site for residents to apply for benefits. “Once an application has been completed and approved, members can access all of the center programs to start their climb out of poverty,” shares Executive Director Stefanie Myers. “We strive to assist struggling families restore dignity and self-sufficiency by providing resources to support residents to help themselves,” says Myers.

In St. Lucie County, 15 percent of the 110,000 households are living below the federal poverty line; and an additional 31 percent earn less than the basic cost of living in the county. United Against Poverty has over 7,000 members in St. Lucie County who access services seven days per week.

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