Nonprofit Food Pantry The mission of The Poverello Center is to provide life-saving food and basic living essentials with the highest degree of understanding, respect and love for low-income Broward County residents living with HIV/AIDS, and who meet the specified qualifications for services. Poverello is primarily a volunteer organization dedicated to meeting the nutritional needs of its clients through the distribution of free groceries and clothing from its food bank and thrift shop as well as exercise and alternative health services at Poverello's Live Well Center. Poverello is dedicated to honor the dignity of all its clients and serve them with the highest possible degree of understanding, respect and love, thereby easing the stress and loneliness caused by the HIV/AIDS virus. Your thoughtful and caring gift provides help for our brothers and sisters in need. Poverello FAQ How many people does The Poverello Center serve? Currenty, The Poverello Center provides service to more than 2500 clients. Since 1986, we have served over 12,600 clients. We proved enough food to prepare more than 1,500,000 meals each year. How do The Poverello Center clients qualify for services? The Poverello Center provides groceries and nutritional counseling to people living with HIV/AIDS. In order to receive services, clients must comply with and complete the following procedures. The first step is go through the County's Intake and Eligibility process with Ryan White. Next is to bring your qualifying paperwork in to meet with a Poverello Intake Manager. A referral from a Ryan White Case Manager is needed, as well as, a letter from a primary care doctor stating that the individual seeking Poverello services is HIV positive and is in primary care. In addition, the individual will need to provide a picture ID and proof of income. Once enrolled in the system, the Poverello Center uses client numbers rather than personal names in order to maintain client confidentiality. At this point, the enrollment process is complete. In order to access services to Poverello's Live Well Center, it is necessary to be a member of Poverello Center only - there is no income requirements, only that the individual is HIV+. Does The Poverello Center charge for its services? Thanks to community support, we have never required fees for our services. Sources of our funding are from The Poverello Thrift Store, private donations and grants. While we also receive funding from corporations and foundations, The Ryan White Care Act (federal funding for HIV/AIDS services) is a major factor in our fiscal budget. In addition, several fundraising events are held throughout the year. Is all of your food donated? Due to the importance of food safety and our specially designed food menus, the majority of The Poverello Center food is purchased. Do you have other locations? The Poverello Center operates out of a 22,000 square foot facility in Wilton Manors, Florida. We serve only Broward County residents. What is The Poverello Center tax-exempt status? The Poverello Center is registered with the IRS as a tax exempt 501 (c) (3) organization. Contributions to The Poverello Center are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. A copy of the official registration and financial information may be obtained from the division of Consumer Services by calling toll-free (800-435-7352) within the state. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the state. How can I get involved? We're glad you asked! We are always in need of new volunteers and contributors. Call and ask to speak with our volunteer coordinator.
Approximately .5 miles south of Wilton Manors' Five Points on east side of Dixie Highway