Have you had a life changing event that set you back and now you don’t know where to turn?
There just isn’t a typical ECHO client.
We find that our clients come from all walks of life. There are no stereotypes of the proud people who come to our door each and every week looking for a leg up out of a difficult situation. No matter who walks into our building, they are treated with the respect they deserve for the courage they demonstrate to lift themselves up. We’re honored to provide a helping hand, and encourage anyone to call on us in times of need. We’re also a great resource for homeless assistance Brandon residents can feel safe confiding in.
Emergency Food Assistance
ECHO’s clients receive all items free of charge and is one of the few places for emergency food Brandon offers. ECHO provides seven days worth of food per visit. In addition to a large assortment of non-perishable items, clients receive meat, cheese, eggs, butter, flour & sugar. We also provide lean proteins, dairy and fresh produce. Fresh produce is grown in one of our two volunteer-led community gardens at Bay Life Church and Winthrop Town Centre.
ECHO provides each client with twelve outfits and three pairs of shoes. Children receive two new pairs of socks and underwear or diapers.
Depending on the nature of the emergency, ECHO’s clients can receive household items such as:
- small appliances
- pots and pans
- decorative items
Hours of Operation: Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m to 1:00 p.m.*
*clients needing assistance are asked to arrive at ECHO by 1:00 pm
ECHO services residents of the Brandon, Lithia, Dover, Gibsonton, Seffner, Valrico and Riverview areas.
Residents of the following zip codes qualify for assistance:
ECHO services residents of the Brandon, Lithia, Dover, Gibsonton, Seffner, Valrico, Thonotosassa and Riverview areas.
33510, 33511, 33527, 33534, 33547, 33569, 33578, 33579, 33584, 33594, 33596, 33610, 33619, 33592
Clients may visit ECHO a total of 4 times in a lifetime.
Visit Limits: Visits must be at least 6 months apart.
Documents Required For Each Visit:
1. ECHO referral form*
2. Current Photo ID (preferably driver’s license)
3. Original Social Security Cards for all family members receiving help
4. Current Proof of Address (utility bill, rent receipt, lease agreement, something that shows currentaddress)
*ECHO referral forms can be picked up at most Brandon area churches or through local social service agencies, i.e. (1st Baptist Brandon, Bay Life Church, Word of Grace) or (Salvation Army, DCF, Health and Social Services)