ECHO provides backpacks to preschool children prefilled with food. These backpacks are intended to supplement the dietary needs of these children while they are out of school for the weekend. Backpacks are distributed to families based on level of need. Presently, the children with need are identified by their day care center, but any parent or guardian that is interested in supplementing their child's diet can ask to be involved.
Presently, one in five children under age five live below the poverty level in Warrensburg and 5,194 households in Johnson County make $24,000 or less, with over half of those making less than $10,000 (census.gov, 2010).
ECHO targets those younger children that rely on a subsidized breakfast, lunch and snack - those that are part of the 40,000 families supported by child care subsidies in Missouri. These young children have suffered during the economic crisis, as many day care employees already know.
ECHO is always accepting donations. You can do your part, and make a real change for this community by donating in many ways. Whether it is time, food, backpacks, or monetary donations, your help with this project will make a long lasting impression on a generation of kids, and help stop hunger in its tracks. Like us, hunger doesn't take the weekend off.
Dr. McCord: firstname.lastname@example.org
UCM Dockery 405G
Warrensburg, MO 64093