Q: How did ECHO begin? 

A: ECHO once stood for "Educational Concerns for Haiti Organization," founded in the late 1970's by businessman Richard Dugger, as an outreach to the Haitian people. ECHO took its current form in 1981, when it became Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization under the direction of Former Executive Director Dr. Martin Price. It was Dr. Price's vision that ECHO could multiply the organization's efforts several times by locating in the U.S. and offering agricultural services to people all over the world.

Q: What denomination is ECHO?

A: We are an interdenominational, Christian organization. We gladly offer our services to anyone actively involved in the fight against world hunger.

Q: How is ECHO funded?

A: ECHO does not receive any government funding. ECHO is funded by individual donations and gifts from churches, clubs and civic groups, generous businesses, and private foundation grants.

Q: Does ECHO send people overseas?

A: ECHO does not send people overseas to do development projects. Rather, ECHO helps other organizations, missionaries, and development workers already overseas become more effective. We do this by providing agricultural ideas, information, seeds, and training opportunities. However, ECHO interns are specifically trained for overseas work and are serving throughout the developing world.

Q: Why doesn't ECHO work with farmers in the United States?

A: ECHO was designed to meet a need no one else was filling. People in the U.S. who want to grow their own food have access to local agriculture extension agents, master gardeners, and land grant universities. Those who suffer from hunger in this country have access to food banks, food stamps, soup kitchens, and charities that help meet their needs. These services are seldom available in developing countries, so ECHO has become an "extension agent to the world."