ECHO is fortunate to have many community partners who come together to help so that ECHO can continue to serve over 16,000 area residents, half of whom are children, each year.
In just the last week, ECHO has received a great donation, food from a food drive and a visit from a great funder and partner.
On Friday, February 21, ECHO received a check totaling $2,200 from the Corner Bakery Brandon. This represented the donations that the community made while enjoying a great meal at Corner Bakery’s Preview Party on Saturday, January 18. ECHO was selected by the Corner Bakery as the beneficiary of this day after reviewing over 10 non-profits. We are so happy to have the Corner Bakery as one of our community partners.
On Saturday, February 22, Boy Scouts from Gulf Ridge Council held the Annual Scouting for Food Drive. This fabulous event resulted in over 10,000 pounds of food for ECHO! We are grateful not only to the Boy Scouts for their hard work and dedication, but to the community who so graciously donated the food. Thank you.
On Monday, February 24 members of the Children’s Board of Hillsborough County came for a tour of ECHO. The Children’s Board has been a great partner. We are so grateful for their support and partnership which has allowed ECHO to expand the free programs that are offered to everyone in the community.
ECHO’s Healthy Moms class is featured in The Children’s Board “Good News” information packet. Healthy Moms course is funded by the generous grant offered by the Children’s Board in Tampa.
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BY LAURA CONE
The Brandon News
Published: February 25, 2014
For a donation of $15, people who attended the Empty Bowls charity event at the Boys & Girls Club of Brandon could sample everything from sausage potato and kale soup to strawberry daiquiri bisque.
Stacey Efaw of Brandon, executive director of Emergency Care Help Organization, said more than 30 volunteers came out Feb. 15 and served up the soups for the event, which raised funds for the Brandon food pantry.
She said each participant could take home one of the 200 clay bowls made by children from elementary schools. (more…)
ECHO is grateful to the Rotary Clubs of District 6890, Group IV, serving Eastern Hillsborough County, for holding “Rotary Has Heart” now through Valentine’s Day, Friday, February 14. We are thankful for all Rotarians and the community who make a donation of non-perishable food or cash during this campaign. ECHO truly appreciates everyone who holds a food drive for us or makes a donation. It truly takes a community to help over 16,000 area residents, half of whom are children, each year.
Rotary District 6890
Rotary International is made up of over 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together for fellowship and to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world. Our differing occupations, cultures, and countries give us a unique perspective. Our shared passion for service helps us accomplish the remarkable.
At the heart of Rotary is the Rotary Club and here in West Central Florida, the 45 clubs which make up our District, embrace the Rotary motto of ‘Service Above Self’ and while enjoying the
fun, fellowship and networking of our weekly meetings, we are dedicated to making positive changes throughout Hillsborough, Hardee, Highlands and Polk Counties – and beyond.
Being a Rotarian is a privilege, an honor and the mark of a truly caring individual, we thank you for your commitment. Becoming a Rotarian connects you with a diverse group of professionals who share your drive to give back. Whether it is providing books to enhance literacy, or providing life saving heart surgery, Rotarians strive to make a difference. With 1.2 million members we achieve so much, but with 1.2 million plus 1, we can do even more, are you the 1.
Boy Scouts Food Drive for ECHO of Brandon
On Saturday, February 22, the Boy Scouts of Gulf Ridge Council will participate in a nationwide food drive called “Scouting For Food.” Scouts will deliver bags provided by Publix to thousands of homes throughout the greater Brandon area on or about Saturday, February 15.
Residents are asked to fill the bags with non-expired, non-perishable food items such as canned soup, canned meats, pasta, canned vegetables and dried milk. Place the filled bag by your front door on Saturday, February 22, and scouts will come and pick up the bags between 9 a.m. and Noon.
Walter McKnight is the Gulf Ridge Council Scouting For Food Chairman. He has been involved with Scouting for over 32 years and has been conducting the food drive for the last 17 years. McKnight said, “As part of our duty to our country and to help others at all times, we (Scouts) conduct the annual food drive to refill the pantries that feed the hungry. We do it in February because that is when the pantries are empty after taking care of the needy during the holidays.” McKnight added, ”Whether you like the Scouts or not, the cause of feeding the hungry needs to be taken care of by those who can. We have been doing this for over 50 years and will continue to do it in the future.” (more…)
The new CORNER BAKERY in at 2626 W. Brandon Blvd. cordially invites the Brandon community to a taste test. With the attached invitation card(s), you can eat breakfast, lunch or dinner at the Corner Bakery on Saturday, January 18, 2014 — all for a donation to local food pantry and charity, ECHO of Brandon.
Whether you join us for breakfast, lunch or dinner, stay here, take it with you or cater for a crowd, all your favorites are here at the Corner. Our hot, made-to-order scramblers, delicious sandwiches, homemade soups, hand-tossed salads, and decadent desserts are made with the freshest ingredients just the way you like it.
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For one in four area residents, hunger and not having enough to eat are every day problems. To help raise aware-ness of this pervasive issue and to raise funds to combat hunger, the Emergency Care Help Organization (ECHO) of Brandon is holding its 2nd Annual Empty Bowls event. The event will be held on Saturday, February 15 from Noon- 2 p.m. at the Boys and Girls Club located at 213 Knights Ave. in Brandon.
ECHO would like to thank Winn Dixie for the generous grant of $3,500. This money will allow us to continue to provide healthy and nutritious fruits, vegetables, lean protein and dairy to our clients. Many residents who face financial emergencies find it difficult to put any food on the table let alone healthy and nutritious foods. Generous grants such as this from Winn Dixie allows us to fulfill our mission of providing emergency food assistance to those in need. Being able to provide area residents with seven days of both non-perishable food items and healthy, fresh foods is what sets ECHO apart. We are grateful to companies such as Winn Dixie for their support.
ECHO is committed to providing residents of the greater Brandon area who have suffered a recent economic hardship with food and clothing assistance throughout the year. This includes providing them with fresh and nutritious fresh fruits, vegetables, dairy and lean proteins. This commitment is one that requires community partners such as The Junior League of Tampa and CVS Caremark. Both of these wonderful organizations recently gave ECHO grants of $2,500. (more…)