Christian Mechlin, executive director of Care to Learn, said the agency typically helps 25,000 to 30,000 students with health, hunger and hygiene needs in a given year. In 2020, CTL already has surpassed 70,000 student needs. “That’s everything from food to clothes to major medical issues. We’ve seen students shouldering so much more responsibility this year. Thanks for helping take the burdens of the world off of students.”
Meleah Spencer, CEO of The Kitchen, which received a $15,000 grant, also said the number of clients they’ve helped stabilize housing situations had exceeded last year’s total of 577 by October. “In January through October, we’ve already served 611 and we still have two months to go. That’s 611 people who are off the streets thanks to all of your support.”
Ozarks Food Harvest received the top grant of $25,000, which will provide a full year of weekend backpack meals for 82 kids. President and CEO Bart Brown not only expressed his appreciation for the grant, but like many others on the virtual presentation, his gratitude for the mutual support the local nonprofit community gives each other.
“No one has to do what we do every day, but the fact is that we do it, whether there is a pandemic or not,” Brown said. “Thank you for building a better foundation for a better community.”
Watch the Grant Presentation