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Too often, charitable foundations are regarded as suppliers of handouts.

But one Florida program’s non-traditional approach is breaking ground in helping the residents of poor communities, by walking its participants “through the path to self-sufficiency,” its founder says.

CEO Austin Hunt started United Against Poverty about 10 years ago.

“We recognized early on that entitlements alone would not solve the problems and the issues that those living in poverty are facing,” he said on Fox and Friends.

People who join the program are provided with crisis care, education, job training, job placement and career coaching.

They also gain access to the foundation’s cost-share grocery program, which “allows you the opportunity to get your food at about 30 percent of retail,” explained Hunt.

So far, it seems to be working.

“Since I’ve been here, I’ve been able to get my own apartment, get a car,” said one man. “Rather than a handout, as they say, they gave me a hand up.”

Hunt said the group encourages participants to come back – and give back.

“Optimally, everyone that graduates from our program … volunteers,” he said.

Learn more about this inspiring organization, above.

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