FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: March 18, 2020
Contact Information: Heath Parker, Regional Grocery Director
Office: 407-535-9371
Email: Heath@upcenters.org
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UP GROCERY ANNOUNCES ADJUSTMENT OF HOURS RELATED TO THE CORONAVIRUS
Ft. Pierce, Orlando, Vero Beach

Please be advised that the following changes will begin taking place effective March 19 in the United Against Poverty Member Share Grocery programs in Ft. Pierce, Orlando and Vero Beach. We are taking all the necessary steps to ensure their safety of our member families, volunteers and staff.

Program hours are being modified such that we are open to the public two less hours daily. We will be open Monday through Saturday from 9:00AM to 6:00PM. This will allow a split shift of employees: The adjustment is to allow more time for our staff to stock shelves and properly disinfect the grocery. Sunday’s hours for Orlando and for Ft. Pierce will be 11:00AM to 4:00PM beginning this weekend. To streamline our operations to focus on the increased need at our main Indian River UP Center, our satellite grocery program located in South Vero Beach will close at 5:00PM Saturday, March 21.   Members are encouraged to visit our newest center in North Vero Beach.

The grocery programs are still receiving food and household items regularly at all sites. As always, the Member Share Grocery Program is open to members only. Membership is free and based on household income being at or below a certain level. Approximately 45% of all communities we serve would qualify. We currently have over 60,000 member families across Central Florida and the Treasure Coast.

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United Against Poverty (UP) is a registered 501(c)3 nonprofit. Our purpose is to inspire and empower individuals living in poverty to lift themselves and their families to economic self-sufficiency. All our programs are open to families with household incomes at or below 200% of the U.S. poverty level. Our largest program, the Member Share Grocery, enables Member families to save 60% to 70% on their budget for food and household supplies in a dignified environment. The campuses also welcome additional partners with services such as a medical clinic, domestic abuse counseling, GED training and more. UP also runs a long term, three phase Success Training Employment Program (STEP) which is directly lifting families out of poverty.

For more information on your individual campus, please reach out to your area’s Executive Director.
Annabel Robertson, Executive Director, Indian River County, 772-332-8601, Annabel@unitedagainstpoverty.org
Canieria Gardner, Executive Director, St. Lucie County, 772-559-3995, Canieria@unitedagainstpoverty.org
Eric Gray, Executive Director, Orlando, 407-797-7755, Eric@unitedagainstpoverty.org