LABELLE, FL. -- Hope Connections, a program of Hope HealthCare Services that provides at-home senior support, is partnering with the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida and United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties to help provide food to seniors in Hendry and Glades.
Residents who are at least 60 and have a household income that meets 130% of federal poverty levels can enroll in the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which will provide a monthly box of canned fruits and vegetables, juice, dry beans, rice, peanut butter, cereal and other food from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Hope Connections Senior Centers will serve as sign-up locations for the initial enrollment period. Public open enrollment events are scheduled for the following times at Hope Connections locations:
Monday, July 13 from 9 a.m. to noon at 1200 South W.C. Owens Ave., Clewiston
Monday, July 13 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 101 Florida Ave. NW, Moore Haven
Wednesday, July 15 from 10 a.m to 1 p.m. at 475 East Cowboy Way, LaBelle
The United Way House also will accept applications Monday through Wednesday through July 15 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 133 North Bridge Street, LaBelle.
"Hope Connections and Harry Chapin Food Bank will serve as a safety net for all who need our help,” said Samira K. Beckwith, president and CEO of Hope HealthCare Services. “Requests to join our 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.”
Each year, Hope Connections provides more than 25,000 meals to seniors in Hendry and Glades counties through home delivery and social meal centers. The program also offers services such as transportation to pharmacies and grocery stores as well travel to and from the Connections Centers. Light housekeeping and counseling is also provided. For more information about Hope Connections, call (239) 482-4673.