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End Hunger Connecticut!

aka End Hunger Connecticut!   |   East Hartford, CT   |  www.endhungerct.org

Mission

End Hunger Connecticut! (EHC!) is a statewide anti-hunger nonprofit in Connecticut dedicated to eliminating hunger and promoting healthy nutrition through outreach, public education, and legislative and administrative advocacy.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Ms. Julieth Callejas

Deputy Director

Ms. Sherry Suber

Main address

800 Connecticut Boulevard, Suite 302A

East Hartford, CT 06108 USA

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EIN

06-1545835

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (R01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

One in every nine people are hungry and/or food insecure in Connecticut, and the problem touches millions across the United States. End Hunger Connecticut! is committed to addressing the issues of hunger, food and nutrition insecurity, and food access - intersected with aspects of many other basic needs - to ensure that all Connecticut residents have not only enough food, but enough nutritious food, to thrive. No one should have to worry about where their next meal is coming from.

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?

State and Federal Advocacy on Nutrition and Nutrition Programs

End Hunger Connecticut! is the state's leading food policy advocate. We advocate for policy changes on the state and national level to guarantee there is  healthy food in our schools and communities and that food assistance programs like SNAP, WIC, and federal child and senior nutrition programs are accessible to those who need it most.

Population(s) Served
Families
Seniors

SNAP CALL CENTER: EHC! operates a small, dedicated SNAP Call Center that assists Connecticut residents with the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as food stamps) seven days a week with flexible appointments available. Our knowledgeable team provides free assistance with applications, document submission, redeterminations, general inquiries, and more all over the phone (bilingual in English & Spanish, along with resources to accommodate other languages).

SNAP OUTREACH: EHC!'s knowledgeable and accessible outreach workers are on the ground in communities across Connecticut, ensuring people receive the food assistance they need and deserve. Through direct education, advocacy, and partnerships, our outreach workers spread awareness about SNAP and other food assistance programming. SNAP outreach has been a central component of EHC!'s anti-hunger mission since 2001, and the work our Call Center team does informs the work of our outreach team (and vice versa).

Population(s) Served
Adults
Seniors
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Non-adult children

On school meals, End Hunger Connecticut! (EHC!) is the undisputed leader and operates the Nourish to Flourish Campaign to end child hunger in Connecticut. Our staff provides technical support to food service departments, strategic assistance to teachers and administrators, and educates, engages and mobilizes parents and community stakeholders.

EHC! also works with the Connecticut State Department of Education to help promote the free federal CT Summer Meals Program (funded by USDA and administered by CSDE) each summer, which provides free, healthy meals to Connecticut children 18-and-under at over 400 sites statewide, no questions asked. In partnership with CSDE, EHC! operates a Meal Site Locator Map, the only most up-to-date state resource where families can easily find meal sites nearest them each year.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children
Children and youth
Families

End Hunger CT!’s Connecticut Fresh Match Program allows SNAP recipients to double their purchases at participating farmers’ markets across the State. The program allows lower-income households to stretch their benefits and food budgets, incorporate more fresh produce into their diets, and support local farmers.

Population(s) Served

EHC! leads a statewide Coalition of over 700 individuals, organizations, companies, and agencies in the effort to secure state funding that will allow all public schools in CT to provide meals to all students at no-cost to them/their families. This campaign is in response to the federal government's expirationg of funding that provided no-cost meals to every student across the nation during the first two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Connecticut is following over a dozen other states that have passed or are working to pass legislation to provide no-cost, healthy school meals for all.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Connecticut Association of Nonprofits 2000

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.

Founded in 2001, End Hunger Connecticut! (EHC!) is dedicated to eliminating hunger and promoting healthy nutrition in Connecticut through outreach, public education, and legislative and administrative advocacy. By partnering with state and local officials, schools, and community-based organizations, we increase the visibility and coordination of federal food assistance programs crucial to any effort to improve food security while increasing both family well-being and the amount of federal funding available to the state of Connecticut. EHC! engages in strategic outreach, capacity building, and provides technical assistance on food and nutrition programs.

EHC! uses social media and the press to raise the visibility of hunger issues, as well as to promote policies that will improve the outcomes for all our residents. We have deep connections with communities and organizations across the state and are viewed as a resource and trusted partner. We also are actively engaged in SNAP outreach to promote the program and reach those who may not know they are eligible, or are afraid to apply. Through marketing tools, public presentations, partnerships with local organizations, and outreach training, we are reaching more families every year.

The SNAP Outreach and Assistance Program increases participation in the most effective federal anti-hunger program in the U.S. EHC!'s program includes an on-line SNAP benefits pre-screener and a full-service, toll-free bi-lingual Call Center. The Call Center provides individualized assistance with SNAP applications and re-determinations (required every six months), and technical support to clients using their personal DSS Connect account. We also responds to general questions about food assistance. For seniors and lower income families without internet access at home, the call center is a critical link to on-line applications, notices and benefits. In addition, SNAP Outreach provides schools with tools and materials to encourage family participation in the program.

EHC! works with school districts and local officials to increase participation in meals offered during the school year and leads state efforts to increase participation in summer meals available when school is not in session. EHC! helps local programs with marketing and outreach to target families. Tools such as the Summer Meal Blitz kit provide districts with everything needed to stimulate participation. EHC!’s website is a comprehensive resource for many in the state looking for information to improve their work or better understand hunger and food insecurity issues. The website provides information on the location and availability of meal sites throughout the state.

EHC! is also the state’s leading advocate for policy and practice that impacts nutrition, childhood obesity and other health issues, and family economic stability. EHC! plays an active role in educating federal and state legislators, and community leaders on important issues impacting food accessibility, affordability and quality.

To learn more about progress in each of the program areas, please see the latest news on our website at www.endhungerct.org

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 identify bright spots and enhance positive 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 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 act on the feedback we receive

  • 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 find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, 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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End Hunger Connecticut!

Board of directors
as of 01/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Grace Damio

Retired

Term: 2017 - 2024

Sara McKernan

Legal Assistance Resource Center

Jim Crawford

Former State Legislature

Grace Damio

Dina Sears-Graves

United Way of Southeastern CT

Margie Craig

Whittlesey Accounting Firm

Brian C. Johnson, LCSW

SoulutionsCT

Kory Mills

City of Hartford

David Juros

DWJ Food Systems Consulting, LLC

Dawn Crayco

FoodCorps

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/8/2023

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
Native American/American Indian/Alaska Native/Indigenous
Gender identity
Female

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/08/2023

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 analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 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.