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FOOD BANK OF LOWER FAIRFIELD COUNTY INC

aka The Food Bank   |   Stamford, CT   |  http://www.foodbanklfc.org

Mission

THE FOOD BANK'S MISSION IS TO PROVIDE NUTRITIOUS FOOD TO NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATIONS THAT FEED THE HUNGRY IN DARIEN, GREENWICH, NEW CANAAN, NORWALK, STAMFORD, AND WILTON CONNECTICUT, WHILE SEEKING TO RAISE AWARENESS OF, AND PROMOTE ACTION TO COMBAT, HUNGER IN THOSE COMMUNITIES.

Ruling year info

2003

Executive Director

Kate Lombardo

Main address

461 Glenbrook Rd

Stamford, CT 06906 USA

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EIN

02-0684220

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Food Bank serves as an efficient and effective provider of nutritious food to non-profit organizations that feed the hungry in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Wilton, while seeking to raise awareness of, and promote action to combat, hunger in those communities.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Inc.

The Food Bank is one of this area’s primary hunger-relief organizations. We provide food to any qualified non-profit agency in a six town area of Fairfield County (Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Wilton) that serves low income people through congregate meals or bags of groceries. These agencies include soup kitchens, homeless shelters, food pantries, child day care centers, after school programs, senior centers and rehabilitation programs.

The Food Bank is the only food bank located in lower Fairfield County, Connecticut. We solicit, collect, sort, warehouse and distribute donated food from such sources as national manufacturers, local merchants, state and local food drives and individuals.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of clients served

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Children and youth, Adults

Related Program

The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County, Inc.

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This information is provided to The Food Bank by its member agencies.

Number of meals served or provided

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

This information is provided to The Food Bank by its member agencies. These numbers are unduplicated only within each agency.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

The Food Bank works with its' member agencies to provide food for those less fortunate in lower Fairfield County. Our mission statement is to serve as an efficient and effective provider of nutritious food to non-profit organizations that feed the hungry in Darien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Stamford and Wilton, while seeking to raise awareness of, and promote action to combat, hunger in those communities.

The Food Bank has continued to provide our member agencies the availability to obtain nutritious food. We purchase rarely donated meat, poultry and fish in bulk at very low cost for redistribution to these agencies. The Food Bank engages the community's support to help us combat hunger and to raise awareness of this issue by conducting food drives through local corporations, schools, organizations and congregations.

Monday through Friday volunteers help out in our warehouse store by sorting food, stocking shelves, checking expiration dates, inspecting donated produce, and assisting our drivers with their daily pick ups. Food drives have been conducted by local schools and companies as well as local organizations and congregations. Without the community's support, we would not be able to achieve our mission.

We continue to act as a hub for emergency food in lower Fairfield County by providing nutritious food to our member agencies who fed the hungry by obtaining fresh produce, meat and bread on a daily basis.

We are in constant relations with our member agencies who distribute and/or feed those less fortunate in the community.

We also continue to engage our community to help us with our mission by conducting food drives and to help us raise awareness to the fact that despite being located in the “Gold Coast", your neighbor maybe struggling with food insecurity. Hunger has no boundaries; it is not contained to certain zip codes.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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FOOD BANK OF LOWER FAIRFIELD COUNTY INC

Board of directors
as of 09/07/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Sam Cingari

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/13/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/07/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.