Food banks and pantries, along with local soup kitchens, are a valuable service to the chronically poor and those in emergency situations. However, they don’t provide a comprehensive approach to fight and reduce long-term, poverty-related hunger. UAP seeks to offer just such an approach.
United Against Poverty is the only national organization to provide families with both emergency food supplies and the opportunity to obtain highly subsidized groceries, including hygiene products, six days a week. Additionally, our Success Training for Employment Program (STEP) model is a holistic, multi-pronged approach that breaks the cycle of poverty through:
Our organization is not affiliated with any religion or faith-based organization. However, those who work here do feel called to this type of mission-based vocation and our founders have embraced a long-term commitment to help families break the cycle of poverty. We provide ongoing support and establish ongoing relationships with clients. It is the guiding principle of our leadership that people living in poverty do not need empty handouts, but a program that offers a comprehensive hand-up towards a new future by engaging them in programs which lead to their personalized path to economic self-sufficiency.
The backbone of the Member Share Grocery program is to restore respect and dignity to the individual and to provide a solution to our clients’ ongoing poverty situation; allowing them to make a contribution of a handling fee and in exchange, they are given the power as well as have the opportunity to make nutritional choices for what they and their family members need. The majority of our clients want to be part of the solution and many volunteer their time. In addition, we often hire employees for our programs operations from this volunteer pool, providing an employment opportunity and on-the-job training that often springboards into long-term employment within the community.