Disaster Relief Assistance


The COVID-19 Emergency Financial Relief Program was created to provide financial assistance to Hardee County residents who are experiencing a financial setback due to loss of their job, significant loss of hours, or have an increased financial burden as a direct result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Priority will be given to households that do not qualify for federal and state assistance. Assistances granted between April 6 - 30 will be directed to utility services. Any changes to the type of funded services, and the availability of funding will be updated on this page. 

2 Ways to Apply:

  • Pick up an application at 713 E. Bay Street, Wauchula, FL 33873, or

  • Submit the on-line application shown on this page. 

What You'll Need:

  • Photo Identification

  • Social Security Numbers for all Household Members

  • Birth Certificates for Children

  • Bank Statement for last 30 Days

  • Lease

  • Utility Bill

  • Reemployment Assistance Verification

  • Loss of Job or Hours (Employer's Contact Information)

  • Most Recent IRS Return

Though our Client Welcome Center is closed, we will be available by phone and email. Appointments will be scheduled on a case-by-case basis, until further notice.



Grab-and-Go food assistance for families: In place of our regular Crisis Food Program, we have temporarily replaced it with our Relief Food Program. These are pre-made Grab-and-Go Food Boxes made up of shelf-stable food items. 

  • Click HERE to register for FOOD .

  • ​​​​Unable to register on-line, call 863-773-0034 to register over the phone, or stop by 713 E. Bay Street, Wauchula to pick up a registration form. 


What You'll Need:

  • Photo Identification

  • Proof Local Residence

  • Loss of Job or Hours (Employer's Contact Information) 






Food assistance for older adult clients: The Hardee Help Center’s older adult clients at Forest Glade Apartment complex have received shelf stable food, in addition to fresh produce, this week. We will contact them weekly to complete a wellness check, and continue to provide grocery supplements once a month.


Assistance for older adult non-clients: With the help of volunteers, we have visited and assessed the older adults in the Chatham Pointe Apartment complex. Wellness check calls will be made to those who do not have a neighbor, friend, or family member to offer help.


Questions?, call 863-773-0034 to speak with a Hardee Help Center Team Member. 

Submit Documents for

Food Assistance

After you register for COVID-19 Food Relief, submit your documents here for faster and safer processing.

Updates are scheduled daily from 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM and 4:00 PM - 4:30 PM. During this time submittal of on-line applications will be disabled. We apologize for this inconvenience. 

Your application will be submitted when you see this image at the end.

Hardee Help Center


To apply for financial assistance, the information must be submitted in its entirety, including supporting documents. 

Which of these hardships have you experiened within the last 90 days?

Call us:


Find us: 

713 E Bay Street, Wauchula, FL 

Administrative Office Hours -8am - 4pm

Client Welcome Center & Pantry - 8am - Noon

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