Schell-Sweet Center Recognized as Hunger Champion by the State

Published May 1, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. --- The Edward Waters College Schell-Sweet Community Resource Center was recently recognized as a Hunger Champion Award recipient by the Florida Department of Children and Families for its efforts in connecting the community to the state’s Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.

Through the Schell-Sweet’s resources, more than 2,000 families were provided emergency food assistance, and more than 300 families benefited from their Access Program in 2012.

“Being a Hunger Champion recipient is an accomplishment that shows you have taken great strides to reach out as assist people who are struggling to connect to the SNAP food assistance programs,” said David Wilkins, secretary for the Florida Department of Children and Families.

The Schell-Sweet CRC is referred to as a best practice center because of its capacity and success in providing a multitude of services, primarily focused on the elderly and families with children, including a GED program, computer literacy classes, family support services, nutrition and wellness education, exercise classes and health workshops. The center is unique in that it is the only multi-dimensional community resource center housed on the campus of a historically black college in the State of Florida.

“We are very proud and blessed to be recognized for the great and productive work that we have accomplished,” said Marie Health, center director. “Being recognized by the State of Florida boosts our spirits to receive the ‘Center of Hope’ designation in September 2013.”