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Independence Hungry and Homeless Coalition

Mission and Vision

The mission of the Hungry and Homeless Coalition is to improve communication among service providers in Independence. We recognize that it is important for all service providers to be able to share information with each other and within the community regarding services they offer and community needs that have been assessed. We envision our coalition acting as a liaison between the community and the service organizations. Matching the needs of hungry and homeless individuals with the direct service providers allows both to become partners in effectively addressing fundamental human needs.

What is the Coalition?

The Independence Hungry and Homeless Coalition is made up of community leaders who seek to make improvements in the form of community awareness and outreach programs for those who are hungry and homeless in our area. Throughout the year we host several events to raise awareness of the issues faced by those less fortunate. Service providers, churches, civic clubs and passionate individuals worktogether to collect and distribute items needed such as food, clothing, school supplies and blankets. Community kitchens and food pantries are open each week throughout the year. An annual health fair event is hosted by the Coalition to serve individuals, through health screenings and health education, who are uninsured or under insured. Coalition members meet on a regular basis in order to maintain open communication and coordinate all services provided.

Can you live on less than $3/day for all of your food purchases?
This is the average of local SNAP (food stamp) benefits for seniors, disabled residents and families in Jackson County.

Did you know that there are over 7,000 homeless school-aged children attending area school districts?

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Contact Information

Cindy Friend, RN BSN
Public Health Consultant
Hungry and Homeless Coalition Chair
E-mail: cfriend@indepmo.org
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