Thank you for being a friend to the Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council (EOC)!
For 43 years, EOC has responded to the call to end poverty in Saratoga County through the kindness, dedication and generosity of people like you! Your desire to serve others in this way has allowed EOC to work with those who are in poverty, and those struggling to stay out of poverty. As the designated Community Action Agency for Saratoga County, we identify the needs of the community and work on the solution with caring community partners like you! As heating, housing, daycare and food costs rise, many have to do more with less.
Federal guidelines restrict the use of our emergency programs to families or individuals that meet or fall below the federal poverty guidelines. Imagine trying to live on an income of $24,300 per year; the 2016 federal poverty rate for a family of 4. This year many of the individuals and families who sought help from our barrier free food programs were over the federal poverty guidelines, but just barely. Many of those who seek our help are working families, fixed income senior citizens or veterans, all struggling to make ends meet. Our customers, your neighbors, are dealing with food insecurity on a daily basis. Please take a minute to picture yourself in this situation, how would you manage? With your help, we can serve even those customers that do not meet the federal emergency food assistance income guidelines.
The EOC Emergency Food Programs have played a key role in the fight to combat poverty in Saratoga County, and we continue to make an immediate difference for those who are struggling. Our aim has been to serve all who come through our doors with dignity. Through your generosity, we are able to serve those who are stretched beyond their ability to make ends meet, without turning anyone away. With your donation, you become a part of the EOC team in the fight to combat poverty in our community.
Whatever amount you consider, your gift is very much appreciated. Your generosity will allow us to continue to assist those in need and make possible a better quality of life for families and for our communities. If you are still looking for the perfect holiday gift, honor someone you love by sending a donation in his or her name!
Jo Anne Hume