Learn more about the Kennett Food Cupboard as we celebrate 60 years of Fighting Hunger
Posted by KACS home of the Kennett Food Cupboard on Friday, February 27, 2015
60 Years of Fighting Hunger
Learn more about the Kennett Food Cupboard as we now celebrate 61 years of Fighting Hunger
Pedro, age 77 emigrated to the United States from Puerto Rico over 40 years ago eventually settling in Southern Chester County where he worked for years in the agriculture industry. After a series of difficult personal circumstances led him to lose both his home and his employment nearly 20 years ago, Pedro moved around between several temporary housing situations before settling in a homeless encampment just outside the Borough of Kennett Square.
Pedro lived outside for 9 years in a make-shift hut until volunteers during the 2013 Point in Time Count brought his situation to the attention of the Department of Community Development. He was referred to Kennett Area Community Service (KACS) for case management. KACS helped Pedro get accepted into a subsidized housing program, which provided him with ongoing rental assistance to supplement his low income. Pedro is now affordably housed in Kennett Square. “I cook and eat in my own apartment,” he says, “it’s much better.”