• The Poverello Center, Inc.

    The Poverello Center, Inc.


    Community Non-ProfitThrift Store

    About Us

    Our Story
    The Poverello Center, Inc. was originally founded in 1987 by a dedicated group of volunteers interested in helping people hospitalized with AIDS. At the time, people were dying alone and rejected by society in large numbers with complications from AIDS. Today, Poverello continues helping the poor and sick to “eat well.” We now provide food as medicine to people with Cardiovascular and Kidney disease as well as those with Diabetes, Cancer or other Critical/Chronic illnesses. Each year more than 3350 families needing support come to the Poverello Center, Inc. to select medically tailored grocery items from our specialized menus and receive key nutritional information from our nutritionist.

    As the best consumer choice, medically tailored and volunteer fueled grocery pantry in the country, Poverello also makes available without charge, medical nutrition therapy, wellness services and linkage into care services for people with HIV who have fallen out of primary medical care. We offer free take home HIV tests, onsite testing, linkage to PrEP and HIV care.

    At our Live Well Center, Any program participant of the Eat Well Center or Be Well Programming may access our full service gym, chiropractic services, acupuncture or massage free of charge. The idea is to provide a safe, accepting place for people to receive support and complementary health services. Persons in the community who have clothing or household item needs and receive services from us are provided for from items donated by the community to our thrift store.


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    Our Pop Up Eat Well Center deploys in areas of greatest need to distribute healthy foods
    Cooking demonstrations, tastings and nutritional counseling are available for free to participants.
    76 different varieties of fresh fruits and vegetables available over the course of each year.
    Free haircuts for program participants thanks to our volunteers from Dick's Service Station!
    Chiropractic and Massage services to program participants thanks to our licensed volunteer providers.
    Free use of our gym for program participants to keep moving
    Dedicated volunteers fuel all our programming
    Only through the support of local organizations and donors can we provide the essential food support programming we offer.
    Collaborations with local businesses like Door Dash allow us to deliver healthy groceries to our program participants.
    Fundraising by organizations like SFAAA help us to serve everyone who comes to us hungry.
    Poverello is the only Florida member of the National Food is Medicine Coalition offering Medically Tailored Groceries
    Weekly Cooking Club helps participants learn healthy cooking techniques.
    340b pharmacy helps raise needed funds to support our mission.
    Free Clinic, HIV/STI testing Available.

    Rep/Contact Info

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    Mr. Jose Castillo
    Operations Manager
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    Thomas Pietrogallo