United Against Poverty

Restoring dignity by creatively addressing material and character needs
You and your staff are creating a place of hopefulness. Each time I visited the UP Center, I walked out feeling I could conquer the world. Doubt was replaced with hope, wonder was replaced with certainty, and dignity was restored. You and your staff are doing more for the community of Vero Beach than you can imagine.
– Lisa Miller, STEP graduate

The chronically impoverished face numerous critical needs in addition to long-term obstacles related to poverty. More than temporary handouts, individuals and families need crisis care in concert with programs that uphold their dignity and personal responsibility, helping them with a hand up out of poverty.

The SOLUTION

United Against Poverty (UP) seeks to help the chronically impoverished transform their lives by providing highly subsidized groceries, crisis care, and opportunities for education and employment. Recognizing that getting food on the table is a top priority for families, UP works to sustainably address hunger and poverty with a grocery share and supportive programming. Their food service allows families who are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line gain access to groceries at less than 35 percent the price of traditional grocery stores. UP also offers wrap-around services to help initiate a path to economic self-sufficiency. Clients can receive assistance to assess their emotional, financial, and educational needs. Available classes include money management, nutrition, employment skills, computer literacy, and healthy relationships.

The Story

Austin and Ginny Hunt both grew up knowing the reality of financial difficulties. Through their personal journeys navigating hardship, they both cultivated a passion for helping those in need with necessities during times of crisis, as well as extend opportunities toward a bright, stable future.

In 2014, 14 percent of U.S. households (17.4 million households) were food insecure, and 5.6 percent of U.S. households (6.9 million households) had very low food security. With a vision to empower the chronically impoverished and prevent the generational passage of situational poverty, UP is committed to helping people lift themselves out of poverty.

S+ Partnership

United Against Poverty is a 2016 S+ Catalyst. Through participation in the Catalyst Program, UP receives training from industry experts in organizational development, branding, measurement and growth, and strategic relationships to amplify their impact and strategically expand their reach.

Vero Beach, Florida
est. 2010
Leadership
Austin Hunt
Founder and CEO
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Austin Hunt knows firsthand the struggles of growing up in a working poor family where priority was placed on surviving in poverty rather than rising above it. At age 19, he was introduced to mentors who helped him develop a tangible hope and plan for the future. In college, Austin met his wife and they discovered a mutual passion for finding ways to help people improve their own lives — setting the foundation for the creation of United Against Poverty (UP). Austin is passionate about UP because it helps brings the spirit of mentoring to tens of thousands of people in need both in Florida and across the nation.
Locations
Fort Pierce, Florida
Orlando, Florida
Success Metrics
40,000+
families have received services
1575
individuals visit each campus every day
68
partnerships with local churches
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