Bushnell, an industry-leader in high performance sports optics for 65 years, is proud to once again support Operation Breakthrough as their annual holiday organization.
Operation Breakthrough is a nationally accredited, not-for-profit corporation that was started in 1971 by Sister Corita Bussanmas and Sister Berta Sailer as a response to requests from parents in the central Kansas City area for quality child care for children of the working poor.
The program began with 50 infants, toddlers and preschoolers at 31st and Paseo. In 1976, it expanded to include before- and after-school care. The Center moved to its current location at 31st and Troost in 1981. Since that time, it has added a broad range of social services to meet the needs of the children and their families. In 2006, Operation Breakthrough completed an expansion and renovation project that doubled the size of the facility and increased its licensed capacity from 353 children to over 500.
Since 2009 Bushnell and hunters from Missouri, Kansas and Oklahoma have contributed over 5000 lbs. of fresh, organic, sustainable deer meat to the Operation Breakthrough food pantry. This year Bushnell expects to collect over 2000 lbs. of meat and poultry for the center. At today’s meat prices, that is a six year total of $30,000 worth of free range protein.
All this fresh meat goes to feed the children and families of the center. Protein is so vital to the development of kids, and often traditional food banks are not able to donate fresh meat items.
The main contact for Operation Breakthrough is Sister Berta Sailer. To learn more about the organization and ways you can help go to http://www.operationbreakthrough.org