3 April, 2021

Why we’re here…

Early Childhood Hunger Operation…because hunger doesn’t take the weekend off

In Missouri, there are an estimated 826,000 people struggling with hunger right now, of those 261,000 are children.  That comes out to 1 out of every 6 children.  1 in 6 children don’t know where their next meal will come from.  Nationally, that number goes to 1 in 5.  We at Early Childhood Hunger Operation feel we can do better.


Our Purpose

Early Childhood Hunger Operation is a non-profit organization based in Warrensburg MO. Through community donations and fundraisers, ECHO is able to work with Harvesters, our regional partner, to receive and distribute food to children in need in our community. While local schools have programs to provide food assistance to children with families that may be struggling. Option for food assistance outside of schools is limited. We want to change that.

With your support we can reach as many families as possible to ensure no child goes to sleep worrying where their next meal may come from.


Hunger (hun•ger)
noun
a feeling of discomfort or weakness caused by lack of food, coupled with the desire to eat
“she was faint with hunger”
similar: lack of food need for food hungriness ravenousness emptiness starvation famine malnutrition
malnourishment undernourishment famishment inanition
verb
ARCHAIC
feel or suffer hunger through lack of food


When facing hunger a child can…

Experience developmental impairments in areas like language and motor skills


More susceptible to chronic illnesses such as Diabetes


Increased risk of behavioral or social problems


Struggle with learning, as a result are more likely to have to repeat a grade as early as elementary school

Good nutrition is critical in the first 3 years of a child’s life. Children who go hungry are at greater risk for hospitalization and higher risk for other health conditions like anemia and asthma


How Bad Could It Be?

Sources: USDA Economic Research Service; 2018 Missouri Poverty Report, Missouri
Community Action Network; Missouri Hunger Atlas, University of Missouri; Feeding
America, Map the Meal Gap 2016 study

ECHO is proud to partner with:

Regional:
Harvesters
– Harvesters’ mission is to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow.


Local Partners:
We serve all of Johnson County, Missouri preschool and daycare centers. (Warrensburg, Kingsville, Centerview, Holden, Knob Noster, Leeton, Chilhowee)

Warrensburg:
Ridgeview Elementary
Maple Grove Elemetary
Creative Castle
Missouri Valley Community Action Agency Head Start
Foster Knox
Mini Adventures
The Learning Garden

Knob Noster:
Sonshine Center