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NORTHWEST HARVEST E M M Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/31/2013: NORTHWEST HARVEST E M M

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: NORTHWEST HARVEST E M M

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AKA  Northwest Harvest
Seattle, WA
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NORTHWEST HARVEST E M M Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 07/31/2013: NORTHWEST HARVEST E M M

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 09/08/2014: NORTHWEST HARVEST E M M

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Also Known As: Northwest Harvest
Physical Address: Seattle, WA 98102 
EIN: 91-0826037
Web URL: www.northwestharvest.org 
Blog URL: nwharvest.blogspot.com/ 
NTEE Category: K Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
K31 Food Banks, Food Pantries
P Human Services
P60 Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
R Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy
R01 Alliance/Advocacy Organizations
Ruling Year: 1975 
How This Organization Is Funded: Individuals/general public - $6,781,530
Corporations & Foundations - $3,290,304
Bequests - $918,967


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Mission Statement

The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Our vision is that ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State.

Legitimacy Information

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

Fiscal Year Starting: July 01, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: June 30, 2013

Total Revenue $43,136,187
Total Expenses $42,385,367

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Ms. Shelley Rotondo

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Since Aug 2001

Profile:

Since 1990 Shelley has worked to reduce hunger in Washington State, first with Rotary First Harvest and now at Northwest Harvest. Through her leadership, the agency has met increasing statewide needs by providing more services and distributing more food throughout Washington. In 2005, Shelley began a search for a new warehouse site and subsequently initiated the highly successful 2007-2008 capital campaign, funding the warehouse purchase and retrofit. Shelley has also strengthened the agency’s leadership, infrastructure and partnerships, laying the foundation for expanded services and advocacy work. Shelley staffs the Board of Directors.

Leadership Statement:

On behalf of Northwest Harvest, our clients, partners and volunteers, I’d like to thank our many generous donors throughout the community for your incredible support these past five years of economic slowdown - and the year to come. Northwest Harvest has been fighting hunger in Washington for 45 years, partnering with 360 hunger programs to get food to the people who need it. Everywhere across the state, people report to us that the need for emergency food has grown dramatically. We hear of families losing their homes through foreclosure, facing medical bills that do not leave enough income for food, losing good-paying jobs or being unable to find affordable housing. As Washington State wrestles with budget cuts, crucial support services that help people stay on their feet through tough times are being scaled back, driving more people in need to turn to food banks. All of us working in hunger relief are being asked to do more than ever before. The support we receive for our work from communities all across the state shows that Washingtonians want to help our neighbors in need – and for that, my heartfelt thanks!

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Programs

Program: Statewide Food Distribution -cash & donated food (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$3,719,200
Category:
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
Adults

Program Description:

Statewide Food Distribution: Last year we distributed 26.3 million pounds of food, including 18 million pounds of fruits and vegetables,  to a statewide network of 360 food banks, meal programs and high-needs schools. The agency purchased about a third of this food (8.4 million pounds) at a cost of $3.6 million, emphasizing shelf-stable proteins, produce and staples like rice and beans.

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Budget:
$276,182
Category:
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Population Served:
Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Program Description:

This schoolchildren's food backpack program provides nutritious take-home meals to at-risk children attending 42 schools in King, Pierce, Grays Harbor, Spokane and Yakima Counties.

Program Long-Term Success:

Research confirms that in addition to the short-term trauma of hunger, malnutrition has profound long-term effects on children?s growth and development, including: Being susceptible to up to four times as many physical health problems - fatigue, headaches, frequent colds; Experiencing more frequent mental health problems including anxiety, behavioral problems, and low self esteem; Having diminished cognitive development, a reduced ability to concentrate, and impaired reading and math skills; Suffering increased absenteeism from school.

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Program: Cherry Street Food Bank & Baby Day (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$490,000
Category:
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

Our food bank near downtown Seattle serves up to 5,000 people weekly, including our Baby Day and Meals-in-a-Bag Programs. Baby Day (Thursdays) provides families with children through 5 years of  age with baby, toddler and pre-school foods. Meals-in-a-Bag (MWF) distributes take-out lunches for clients needing a meal rather than groceries.

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Budget:
$8,500
Category:
Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Population Served:
General Public/Unspecified

Program Description:

This program organizes 5 meetings with food bank clients each year in different regions of the state, to listen to those in need of emergency food; to build awareness of hunger in Washington with the general public, elected officials, food program administrators and hunger advocates; and to develop policy recommendations for fighting hunger.

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In fiscal year 2013 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013) Northwest Harvest distributed 26.8 million pounds of nutritious food - over 1.8 million meals per month - to more than 360 food banks, meal programs and high-needs schools statewide. Currently this network is providing 710,000 services every month to our neighbors in need.
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