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      A $100,000 Grant From                                                                                   “Sadly, a year after the impact of the pandemic first
      Impact100 Martin Helps House                                                                         began to be felt, the need for our food pantries and food
                                                                                                           bank partners hasn’t declined,” says Ranieri. “House of
      Of Hope Provide Healthier                                                                            Hope is  continuously evolving and  improving to meet
                                                                                                           that community need. We’ve risen to the challenge.”
      Food To More People                                                                                     To learn more about House of Hope, visit www.
         House of Hope is a recipient of a $100,000 grant from                                             About House Of Hope
      Impact100 Martin to expand its “Feeding Families for                                                    Founded in 1984, House of Hope is a 501(c)(3)
      Success”  program. The  impact  grant  provides  critical                                            nonprofit organization that empowers Martin County
      funding  for  enhancing  production  capabilities  at  the                                           residents to overcome hunger and hardship. House of
      Growing Hope Farm in Palm City and the Elisabeth Lahti                                               Hope touches the lives of more than 7,000 people each
      Nutrition Center in Stuart.                                                                          month helping with basic needs such as food, clothing,
         Both  Growing  Hope  Farm  and  the  Lahti  Nutrition                                             furniture, financial  assistance, as well as longer-term
      Center are innovative approaches to feeding the hungry   Impact100 Martin grant check presentation. (Pictured from   case management services that help build life skills for
      in Martin County. They provide fresh, healthy fruits and   left to right) Stephen Schramm, Rob Ranieri, and Genevieve   a more self-sufficient future.
      vegetables so that House of Hope can not only feed people   George                                      The organization has service centers and thrift stores
      but also provide them with healthy food.                                                             in Stuart, Hobe Sound, Indiantown, and Jensen Beach.
         Thanks to the Impact100 grant, Growing Hope Farm   families  and  1,500  individuals.  “The  people  coming   House of Hope’s Golden Gate Center for Enrichment in
      will increase capacity within its hydroponic greenhouse,   through our doors were faces we’d never seen before.   Stuart offers free programs, technology, and workshops
      adding almost 5,000 plants to its trellis growing systems.   People who had never before in their lives needed help   designed to enhance life skills, earning potential, health,
      The farm is already producing 1,400 packages of food   putting food on the table were struggling to survive. It   and overall well-being.
      weekly to improve the diets of those who seek help from   was heartbreaking,” explains Ranieri.         House of Hope also operates the Growing Hope Farm
      House of Hope.                                       Increased production from Growing Hope Farm and   in Palm City and several nutrition gardens that provide
         The Elisabeth Lahti Nutrition Center, which currently   Lahti Nutrition Center will add to the nutritious foods   sustainable sources of fresh produce for clients as well
      produces 1,600 packages each week of healthy meals and   that can be distributed to more than 7,000 clients a month   as nutrition education and vocational opportunities to
      salads for clients and partners, will use the grant funding   served through House of Hope’s four food pantries and   the community. For more information, visit hohmartin.
      to create more productive workspace and automate tasks   an additional 3,500 people who are served through 24   org or call (772) 286-4673. Updates and announcements
      such as dishwashing and food processing. The expansion   community food partners.                    can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
      will allow for more meals to be delivered to food pantries
      each week.
         “We know that healthy children are better learners,
      and healthy adults are ‘better earners’ – becoming more
      successful in the workforce and increasing their chances
      for financial independence,” says Rob Ranieri, chief
      executive officer of House of Hope. “House of Hope
      is very grateful to the outstanding philanthropists of
      Impact100 Martin for supporting us in our efforts and to
      the Community Foundation of Martin-St. Lucie. which
      has been an essential partner in our community outreach.”
         Expansion plans reflect the growing need for food
      assistance within the community, particularly since the
      start  of  the  COVID-19  epidemic.  Beginning  in  March
      2020,  House  of  Hope  registered  more  than  700  new

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