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THE OPEN DOOR

 
Eagan, MN

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Basic Organization Information

THE OPEN DOOR
Physical Address: Eagan, MN 55122 
EIN: 27-0415900
Web URL: www.eaganrc.org 
NTEE Category: K Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
K31 (Food Banks, Food Pantries)
Ruling Year: 2010 


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Mission Statement

EAGAN RESOURCE CENTER EXISTS TO SERVE THOSE IN NEED AND TO ELIMINATE HUNGER IN DAKOTA COUNTY BY PROVIDING FOOD SUPPORT, FAMILY ADVOCACY AND COMMUNITY GARDENING TO OVER 1,000 FA MILES PER MONTH

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Annual Revenue & Expenses (IRS Form 990, January 2012)

Fiscal Year Starting: January 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: December 31, 2012

Total Revenue $508,240
Total Expenses $508,950

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Evidence of Impact

Eagan Resource Center is a food shelf serving the growing needs of their community through unique and dignified programming. Eagan offers traditional pre-bagged and shopping style food pantry experiences for patrons, delivering quality, nutritious items. The organization also has a robust community garden program where community members work together to grow food for their own tables, as well as to help stock Eagan's food pantry for others. In addition to these hunger related programs, Eagan also offers social service support and helps register participants for federal food support programs.

Impressive Growth
In 2007, Eagan Resource Center (ERC) served 7,750 clients. Under the director Lisa Horn's leadership, and due to the growing needs within the community, the ERC served 21,339 clients in 2010, impacting almost 14,000 more people. As a result of the overwhelming increase in clients, Lisa was able to collaborate and partner with numerous organizations and develop a funding plan to expand the ERC by opening a new facility, “The Pantry,” in the Cedar Grove area of the city. In addition to meeting a critical space need, the Pantry provides a dignified experience for clients to receive their food as if they were shopping in a grocery store, as opposed to simply being handed a pre-packed bag of food. The new space also allows the ERC to expand upon the other social services they can provide to support their clients. To acquire more fresh produce for the clients, Lisa developed a community garden for high-risk populations and a church garden that supports the food shelf. This resulted in a successful collaboration and a bounty of almost 6,300 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables donated to the food shelf. Both gardens provide an opportunity for citizen engagement across generations as the gardeners work together to provide the fresh produce to the ERC. In 2010, Eagan celebrated its 150th anniversary. To honor the year, a decision was made to have a community-wide food drive with a goal of raising 150,000 pounds. Lisa Horn was instrumental in the effort and the resulting impact was great! From the first week of January, when the Board thought 150,000 pounds might be too lofty of a goal, to December, when the community surpassed 380,000 pounds of food. Through this community effort, the ERC went from being a small operation in a house to a household name in Eagan. Other
Great Programs
My organization has worked with them to start a community garden on their property, and have subsequently worked with them in other community food work. For the last two years, they have assisted in workshops. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They started an amazing garden that serves food shelf clients. Those in need are growing their own food in an empowering way. They also donate their excess to the food shelf, which is an amazing way for them to give back to an organization that serves them. They have grown tens of thousands of pounds of fresh, healthy food. Nonprofit Senior Staff
I see their impact as their quality and scope of services. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Eagan Resource Center not only operates an emergency food shelf, but they also provide financial literacy education. They also have a large community garden project. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Well Connected
This organization is well connected with local resources and has a positive community relationship. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Organizational Strengths

Eagan Resource Center has a strong Executive Director, who has lead the organization to a great place in terms of its impact in the community, its strong partnerships with other organizations, and demonstrable organizational commitment to hunger relief. Another organizational strength is their forward-thinking approach to hunger relief. They work to develop long-term solutions.

Strong Leadership and Operations
One of their strengths is their leadership. The examples of their impressive growth demonstrate the leadership of Lisa and her staff and volunteers as well as their work to significantly improve access to healthy food .They also have strong collaboration. Lisa and the Eagan Resource Center worked successfully with the city of Eagan, a local church, several businesses, a diverse community group and many others to achieve these goals. Lastly, they have strong advocacy. Lisa and her staff educated the public about needs related to health. They assisted the community with the creation of marketing materials showing hunger facts, created countless centerpieces for City events to tell the story of hunger in Eagan, and attended events ranging from baseball games, community celebrations, and grocery-bagging at Cub Foods -all in the name of hunger awareness. Other
They have great leadership with vision and commitment to the project. They also have solid operations and finances that allowed them to work on the project to get it off the ground. Nonprofit Senior Staff
They have strong leadership and operations. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Forward-Thinking
They are forward thinking, they respect their constituents, and they are always looking for partners. They give back to the greater community as much as the community gives to them. Also, they are looking to address hunger and nutritional issues proactively and looking for long-term solutions. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Intentional Programming
Their strength is that their work involves encouraging self-sufficiency through their projects. Nonprofit Senior Staff

Areas for Improvement

Eagan Resource Center could improve by adding more staff and resources to better accomplish their goals. The work that they do around engaging their constituent is very well received and they should continue down that path. The organization could also look to improve on its finances and on its partnerships.

More Resources
I believe they will need more staff and possibly other resources. Other
Continue Client Engagement
They should continue to give constituents more responsibility for and within the organization. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Improve Operations
They could improve on their finances and partnering. Nonprofit Senior Staff
Improve Reporting
I believe that they have no real strengths. The numbers they report are not believable. You cannot be open three hours at a time, twice a week, and distribute the volume of food they claim to distribute. I think this distorts the picture for all food shelves. Other

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