OUR MISSION

The UpCounty Hub is a new model for fighting food insecurity without barriers and with dignity, providing food and integrated essential services to community members in Upper Montgomery County. We have also provided hygiene and COVID kits, and we do case management. We partnered with a primary care physician to have vaccination and testing clinics. 

We are committed to incorporating the values of equity, diversity, and inclusion, ensuring accessibility regardless of language through our bilingual staff and through providing culturally appropriate food and service delivery.

 

Our vision is to ensure there are no barriers to assistance for those in need of food and other essential items and services. Because our focus is on improving accessibility to resources, we provide home delivery to about one-third of our clients, including seniors, those without transportation, the disabled, etc. We also do not require documentation proving income eligibility, which often dissuades many in need (due to immigration concerns), as well as taking valuable time away from the real priority of providing immediate assistance. This model has been replicated around Montgomery County. 

OUR STORY

screenshot-www.blackrockcenter.org-2022.04.12-12_21_22.png

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March 2020, community leader Grace Rivera-Oven saw the need in Upper Montgomery County and founded the UpCounty Hub. It began with just 23 families in the local Germantown area. Now, two years later, we are a permanent nonprofit organization serving an average of 1,400 families every week. The County has duplicated our model seven times throughout Montgomery County.

The foundational vision of The UpCounty Hub is to ensure there are no barriers to assistance for those in need of food and other essential items and services. Because our focus is on eliminating barriers to access to assistance, we provide delivery to about a third of our clients, including seniors, those without transportation, the disabled, etc. Similarly, we do not require income eligibility documentation which dissuades many in need (due to immigration concerns), as well as taking valuable time away from the real priority of providing immediate assistance. This model has been replicated around Montgomery County. 

imrs.jpg

OUR SERVICES

We distribution food and other essentials through:

  • Grab & Go Events: Hub trucks bring food to neighborhoods of high need for pickup. Monthly calendars of Grab & Go distribution event dates, locations, and times are shared through our website, social media, and other county assistance sites.

  • Home Deliveries for seniors, disabled, or clients with COVID.

 

The UpCounty Hub partners with Care4YourHealth to connect our clients to COVID testing, flu shots, and COVID vaccinations. In addition, we partner with Casa Ruben to provide childhood immunizations (80% of children of color lack the immunizations required to return to school).

OUR IMPACT

The UpCounty Hub . . .

  • Provides food for over 1,300 households every week, through at least four neighborhood distribution events each week. This equates to over 30,000 pounds of food distributed weekly.

 

  • Delivers prepared hot meals to households with COVID, seniors, and disabled clients.

 

  • Holds clinics for flu shots, COVID vaccinations and testing, and childhood immunizations.

  • Has a Case Manager to help clients access SNAP (food stamps) and other County assistance.

 

  • Provides assistance when emergency needs arise (e.g., assisting residences whose homes were lost in a fire, Afghan refugees, etc.).

screenshot-mcgov-gis.maps.arcgis.com-2022.06.07-11_33_05.png