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MARYS MEALS USA INC

Every child deserves an education – and enough to eat.

aka Mary's Meals USA, Inc   |   Bloomfield, NJ   |  www.marysmealsusa.org

Mission

Our mission is to enable people to offer their money, goods, skills, time, or prayer, and through this involvement, provide the most effective help to those suffering the effects of extreme poverty in the world’s poorest communities.

Ruling year info

2008

Executive Director

Nikki Tardiff

Main address

75 Orchard Street

Bloomfield, NJ 07003 USA

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EIN

33-1215331

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (O12)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

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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?

School Feeding Programs

Mary's Meals focuses on one goal – that every child receives a nutritious daily meal in a place of education. Through partnerships around the world, we operate school feeding programs that are owned and run by community volunteers in the countries where we provide food. These life-changing meals attract hungry children into the classroom. The food fills their empty bellies so they have the energy and opportunity to learn, giving them the chance of a brighter future. The meals also support families struggling to feed their children while boosting the country’s wider economy.

Population(s) Served
Children
Economically disadvantaged people

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 children reached with a meal each school day

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

Children, Extremely poor people, Low-income people, Working poor

Related Program

School Feeding Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Our vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education and that all those who have more than they need, share with those who lack even the most basic things.

Working together with those who share our vision, we believe there is no good reason why this cannot be realized.

Aspiration into Action
While MMUSA has specific strategies that are very targeted and focused on meeting goals, our strategies are all aimed to empower our team into turning our aspirations into action. To accomplish this as our movement continues to grow, we intend to work harder to: a) keep things simple b) remain completely committed to serving the children at the heart of our organization and c) be terrific stewards of the gifts that are entrusted to us. These three elements of our unique culture will accelerate our journey and help us reach the next child sooner.

Simplicity: We will remain focused on our core vision – that every child should receive a daily meal in school – and communicate the needs of the children we serve and the nature of our mission in a straightforward, open and transparent way.

Service: We will approach our vision and mission in a spirit of deep vocation and humble service, seeking always to be faithful servants of hope, the global movement, and those little ones who eat Mary’s Meals each day.

Stewardship: We will strive to be good stewards of every gift entrusted to us – treating each one with deep love, respect and gratitude – and build meaningful, long-term relationships with all those involved in our work.

With the creation of an international network, Mary's Meals has been able to reach more than 2.4M children. These groups help Mary's Meals reach donors interested in every country where a national affiliate group is established. Currently, there are 15 national affiliates in: Australia, Austria, Bosnia, Canada, Croatia, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, United Arab Emirates, UK and USA.

Through Program affiliates, Mary's Meals is providing the necessary logistic to reach the children we help through the different Partnering Agencies in the 18 countries we serve. These local partners help Mary's Meals reach the local communities where the schools are located and work with local farmers to buy the local food for the meals. The meals are cooked and served by volunteers. Over the years, our school feeding model has been perfected and has significantly grown. We've established a strong network to support this model and we continue to improve upon it with a goal of serving 3M children by the end of 2023. To enable this, we need to significantly increase our program delivery capacity. For this to be possible, we will need the number of Mary’s Meals supporters to increase significantly during this period – and for our global income to grow in a similar way. This would mean global growth rates greatly exceeding those of the previous three-year period.


Mary's Meals is feeding over 2.4M hungry children every school day. Our school feeding sites has reported rises in enrollment rates, attendance, and academic performance. Additionally, Mary's Meals has made various administrative changes and brought on various new staff to aide in fundraising and awareness raising efforts.


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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To continuously refine our school feeding model, 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 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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MARYS MEALS USA INC

Board of directors
as of 01/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jacob Allen

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Kate Maloney

Michael George

Enrica Arengi-Bentivoglio

Ginevra Caltagirone

Alison Klein

Josette Persson

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow

Ayla Hussain Farnos

Gil Kirkpatrick

Victoria Vargas

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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 2/4/2022

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:

Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 09/02/2021

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 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 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.