Monday, May 23, 2022

FREE FOOD for Anyone in Need at The Glades Initiative

The Glades Initiative’s Food Pantry is available to anyone in need. Residents may come in once per week at any time during hours listed below. In a “Pantry of Choice”, you choose the foods that you want and need (within guidelines).

Required to participate:

• Valid ID or your Glades Initiative Food Pantry ID

• ONE time per week

WHEN: Tuesdays and Wednesdays

  • 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Tuesday)
  • 8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Wednesday)

WHERE: The Glades Initiative, 149 SE Avenue D, Belle Glade, FL 33430

CONTACT: 561-996-3310

Click here to learn more (English)

Click here to learn more (Haitian Creole and Spanish)

Homebuyer Help for Floridians in 50 Plus Professionals

Governor Ron DeSantis announced the June 1 launch of the Florida Hometown Heroes Housing Program to help Floridians in over 50 critical professions purchase their first home. The Hometown Heroes Housing Program will be available to Floridians including law enforcement officers, firefighters, educators, healthcare professionals, childcare employees, and active military or veterans. Including this $100 million program, the Governor also announced his intent to support the total of nearly $363 million appropriated for affordable and workforce housing in the 2022-2023 budget, the highest total in 15 years. Find more about the program here. Or simply visit

Changes to Hendry County Code of Conduct

Just before the official close of the 2021-2022 school year, Hendry County Schools Superintendent Michael Swindle addressed the district about some changes for the upcoming school year. He says one of his primary goals and responsibilities is to provide a safe learning environment. Swindle says he’ll be enforcing stricter discipline surrounding fighting and drugs. The staff from the YDAs in Clewiston and LaBelle will be assigned to the school campuses, to help monitor and mentor students.

Belle Glade City Meeting

Belle Glade city council learned Palm Beach deputies have added crossing guards and a motorcycle unit to crack down on traffic issues.  The city will also hold a gun violence awareness event on June 3 at city hall. Captain Emory Payne says the recent violence in Buffalo, New York, shows gun violence is real. They also received complaints about spending 6 hundred thousand to upgrade the Torrey Island campground. Activist Robert Mitchell and Administrator Robert Reese had differences of opinion on whether these expenditures are benefitting city residents. Mitchell says no one even goes to the marina that much to justify the investment. Reese says an investment to any portion of the city, is an investment into the city in general. Councilmember Kenny Berry says he’s been disgusted by a lack of answers from city staff about spending and budgets. Staff says they will answer budget questions once the budget is presented. Berry also complains Mayor Steve Wilson tries to railroad things through before council can discuss the issue fully.