©2018 People Helping People In Hernando County, Inc.

OUR PROGRAMS

People Helping People has four programs designed to help end hunger in our community.  Each Blessings program is directed to the most vulnerable groups in our county:

Sunday Blessings -  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.

Weekend Blessings - 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.

Neighborhood Blessings - 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.

PROVIDING A NUTRITIOUS WARM MEAL TO THE HOMELESS & FINANCIALLY INSECURE

Sunday Blessings

 

Sunday Blessings

Meals are served from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM every Sunday afternoon at the People Helping People HELP Center in Spring Hill, FL .  Food, clothing, toiletries, social service referrals, and other assistance are also available for our guests.

The HELP Center is located at 1396 Kass Circle, Spring Hill, FL 34606.

People Helping People serves a free meal for the needy every week through its Sunday Blessings Program, the original program offered by PHP.  Sunday Blessings had a modest beginning in July 2009, when we served 7 guests at our first meal.  Today we serve as many as 130 free meals at our Sunday afternoon dinners.

Some of our guests are homeless, some are elderly people whose only income is Social Security, and some are working people with large families and modest incomes.  All who are in need are welcome at our Sunday Dinners.

PROVIDING SUPPLEMENTAL FOOD FOR STUDENTS ON WEEKENDS

Weekend Blessings

 

Weekend Blessings

Weekend Blessings is a unique program designed to feed preschool, elementary, and middle school children whose families qualify for the Federal Free/Reduced Price Meal program, and have little or no food on the weekends. Better test scores, improved reading skills, positive behavior, improved health and increased attendance have all been attributed to this very successful program.

Every Friday, kids in schools that participate in the Weekend Blessings program get backpacks filled with sufficient food for the weekend. On Monday, the kids return the backpacks, ready to learn; then the cycle begins again the next Friday.  The backpacks include easy-to-prepare and ready-to-eat food items such as granola bars, peanut butter, tuna, crackers, mac & cheese, cereal, juice boxes, etc.

Weekend Blessings is administered, operated, and funded by People Helping People in Hernando County.  Groups from local civic organizations, churches, a synagogue, and a mosque partner with PHP by providing the logistical support needed to operate the program — the food shopping, and the packing, delivery, and pickup the backpacks.  The Weekend Blessings program currently serves over 600 children through eleven Hernando County elementary and middle schools, two Hernando County Head Start programs, and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Hernando County.  

Thank you to all of our supporters and volunteers who make this possible!

Backpack Contents Include
  • Jams & Jellies 

  • Canned Soups

  • Chili 

  • Canned Tuna 

  • Canned Chicken 

  • Canned Ham 

  • Pork & Beans

  • Vienna Sausage 

  • Prepared Pasta with Meat (Beefaroni, Ravioli, Spaghetti with Meat Sauce, etc) 

  • Macaroni & Cheese 

  • Breakfast Cereal  (Individual Serving Boxes) 

  • Powdered Milk or Shelf Milk 

  • Chocolate Milk Boxes 

  • Nuts 

  • Raisins 

  • Fruit Cups 

  • Apple Sauce 

  • Juice Boxes 

  • Crackers (Individual Serving Packages) 

  • Peanut Butter 

  • Pudding Snack Packs

Thank You Sponsoring Partners
  • First Baptist Church of Shady Rest for Fox Chapel

  • First United Methodist Church of Spring Hill for West Hernando Middle School

  • Forest Oaks Lutheran Church for Explorer K-8

  • Grace Presbyterian Church for Spring Hill Head Start

  • Islamic Center of Hernando County for Weeki Wachee High School

  • Islamic Center of Hernando County for Winding Waters K-8

  • Nativity Lutheran Church for Pine Grove Elementary

  • Spring Lake United Methodist Church for Eastside Elementary

  • St. Andrew's Episcopal Church for Spring Hill Elementary

  • St Anthony the Abbot Catholic Church for Brooksville Head Start

  • Temple Beth David for Deltona Elementary

Senior Blessings

PROVIDING SUPPLEMENTAL GROCERIES TO LOW INCOME SENIORS

 

Senior Blessings

Senior Blessings is operated in partnership with Pastor Yvonne Woods and the Greater Love Outreach Ministry of Brooksville.  Pastor Woods and five volunteers deliver groceries twice each month to needy seniors living in the in the Magnolia Gardens and South Brooksville subsidized housing projects.  The Senior Blessings program currently serves over 250 seniors and is expanding monthly based on the need and demand.  Funding for this program is provided by both People helping People and Greater Love Outreach.  A significant expansion of the Senior Blessings program is currently underway.

PROVIDING FOOD, TOILETRIES, CLOTHING, AND ASSISTANCE TO THE HOMELESS

Neighborhood Blessings

 

Neighborhood Blessings

Neighborhood Blessings is PHP’s outreach program for people who are homeless in Hernando County.  The program grew out of the need to provide food to those individuals living in the woods, friend’s garages, or in their cars.  Many of the homeless are individuals with no jobs or ability to hold a good job.  Throughout Hernando County, we find people who have been evicted from their homes and have nowhere to go after losing work and/or unemployment benefits.  Think of the challenges of just living in one’s car or in the woods without plumbing, running water and adequate food.

Recently, we discovered a family of four living in the woods after they were evicted from their home.  They purchased a tent and found someone who allowed them to live in the tent on their property.  Within a week, an acquaintance of one of the children, an elderly gentleman, invited the family into his 2 bedroom house.  However, after several months,  both the family and the gentleman found it difficult living in close quarters, so the family agreed to move out and are now back in the tent.  For the retiree, it was hard adjusting to four additional people in his home where he was used to living alone.  For the family, it was difficult sharing a home with a near stranger and abiding by his rules.

At PHP, our mission primarily revolves around food.  We provide groceries, toiletries and basic necessities to those less fortunate.   In the Neighborhood Blessings program, PHP volunteers load a pickup truck with easy to open canned vegetables and meat along with toiletries such as soap and toothpaste.  Currently, we provide food to about three dozen individuals each week through our Neighborhood Blessings program.

Homeless Needs

Our volunteers have reported that people experiencing homelessness generally only take the things they need. However, we have found the following items to be appreciated:

  • tents & tarps

  • sleeping bags

  • camp stoves

  • insect repellent

  • socks

  • toiletries

  • bottled water

  • easy to open & prepare food

  • flashlight & batteries

  • propane for camp stoves

  • blankets, sheets

AND acknowledge they're human beings, don't ignore them - a smile, handshake, conversation or a hug are sometimes the greatest gift.