Who We Are
People Helping People is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt charitable corporation founded in 2009 by a diverse group of dedicated volunteers. We are an interfaith organization and do not promote a religious affiliation. PHP relies entirely on donations and grants from individuals, businesses, religious groups, clubs, and civic organizations to sustain its mission of alleviating hunger in Hernando County, Florida.
PHP’s mission to end hunger in Hernando County by breaking the cycle of poverty among the people served. Besides providing food, PHP will link people to benefits, education, training and resources empowering them to help themselves to become productive members of Hernando County.
Location: Hernando County, Florida
Poverty Level: 15.4%
ALICE: 30% Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed.
Our Core Programs
Our original program that was established to provide a meal for anyone who needs a nutritious hot meal, served with dignity. Our primary recipients are the elderly, the unemployed and families.
With 71% of our elementary and middle school children on free and reduced meals, we established this backpack program to provide weekend food for those kids who the school determines as the most needy.
Senior Blessings - Many elderly citizens in Hernando County try to get by on meager Social Security checks. Often by the end of the month, they often need our supplemental food to make it until the first of the following month.
Our newest program provides food for those individuals who are living in the woods, in their cars or in someone's garage or shed. Besides food, we provide shelter, toiletries, camp stoves and basic necessities for the most vulnerable in the county.
Why We Do It
The number of residents per square mile has increased by 41% in just 17 years.
46% of adults in make up the local labor force compared to the state avg. of 62%.
34.6% of local residents work outside of the county compared to the FL average of 17.5%; double the state average.
15.4% of people live below the Federal Poverty Line.
Per capita admissions to prison is 31.8% higher than the state average.
On average 27.9% of state residents earn a bachelors degree, which is almost double the Hernando County rate of 16.4%.
The average cost per meal in Hernando County is $3.21 which is 7% more expensive than the national average of $3.00 according to the 2016 study completed by the organization Feeding America.
The average annual wage in Hernando County is $35,750, which is 23.9% lower than the FL statewide average.
Hernando County ranks 6th in the state of Florida (per capita) for bankruptcy filings.
Just A Little Help Makes All The Difference
People Helping People programs and partnerships help people access food, benefits, programs, and resources to provide pathways out of poverty and hardships in Hernando County. Benefits include:
greater nutritional value and quantity of available food
less panhandling and begging on the streets
reduced jail time as some individuals resort to crime to provide food for their families
reduced emergency room visits and hospitalization due to poor nutrition
better grades, improved reading skills, increased attendance, and better behavior in school by needy students receiving weekend food
Location & Hours
PO Box 6182
Spring Hill FL 34611
Visit (no USPS service)
1396 Kass Cir
Spring Hill FL 34606
Primary: +1 (352) 686-4466
Hunger Helpline: +1 (352) 405-1115
Help Center: +1 (352) 515-1663