FoodLink Inc

"Fighting Hunger ... Feeding Hope."

Oklahoma City, OK   |  www.regionalfoodbank.org
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Mission

Food Link provides direct operational support for the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, which is the state's largest hunger relief organization and a national leader in the food banking industry.

Notes from the nonprofit

FoodLink directly supports the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma's efforts to provide food to Oklahomans struggling with hunger.

Ruling year info

2004

Chief Executive Officer

Ms. Katie Fitzgerald

Main address

3355 S Purdue

Oklahoma City, OK 73137 USA

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EIN

41-2093509

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Oklahoma is one of the hungriest states in the nation. One in six Oklahomans struggles with hunger (652,090 Oklahomans), while one in four children in Oklahoma has inconsistent access to food.

The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma provides enough food to feed more than 126,000 Oklahomans every week, 37 percent of whom are children. The majority of those served by the Regional Food Bank are chronically hungry children, seniors living on fixed incomes, and working families who cannot make ends meet, giving them hope for a brighter future.

Our programs

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

Agency Distribution, Capacity and Partnership

The Regional Food Bank works with more than 400 partner agencies and community partners to reach Oklahomans struggling with hunger in central and western Oklahoma.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Our results

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

Overall poundage of foods procured and distributed to hungry Oklahomans.

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Totals By Year
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Agency Distribution, Capacity and Partnership

Number of meals served or provided

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Agency Distribution, Capacity and Partnership

Number of fresh foods procured and distributed to hungry Oklahomans.

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Agency Distribution, Capacity and Partnership

Number of deliveries made each month.

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Goals & Strategy

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

Charting impact

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

As part of our commitment to efficient and effective program operations, the Regional Food Bank has developed three primary areas of focus.

Goal 1: Scale the Food & Resource Center Model to Broader Network of Public Pantry Partners.
While the FRC model has been tremendously successful during the last five years, the Regional Food Bank remains committed to efficient and effective operations.. As the fifth anniversary of the opening of the first Food & Resource Center approaches and the organization reaches a natural break in its FRC implementation, the organization is undergoing a full review of the Food & Resource Center model. This review, called FRC 2.0, is designed to identify lessons learned in the first phase of the FRC initiative in order to determine best how to scale this effort throughout the Regional Food Bank's 53-county service area.

Goal 2: Expand Child and Senior Meal Programs through the Optimization of our Production Kitchen and Expanded Community Partnerships.
The Regional Food Bank plans to expand its Summer Feeding Program to reach even more sites, especially in rural areas, which are developed with community partnerships like Boys & Girls Clubs, Salvation Army sites, and afterschool programs. The Regional Food Bank's addition of a new Production Kitchen has helped the Regional Food Bank increase its Summer Feeding Program by creating meals that are federally reimbursable through the Federal SFSP Program.

The Production Kitchen will also play a critical role in the expansion of the Senior Feeding Program. This year, the Regional Food Bank is piloting a new Senior Feeding meal program in conjunction with congregate feeding sites in the Oklahoma City metro area. The Regional Food Bank knows many seniors who attend daily feeding sites often do not have food outside of the meals they receive on site. This new program will help close the gap that exists by preparing frozen meals in our Production Kitchen, which are given to seniors who are at-risk of going hungry outside of congregate meals. These meals can be heated using a microwave or an oven.

Goal 3: Develop Health & Nutrition Partnerships.
During the next year, the Regional Food Bank will continue to leverage existing relationships with healthcare and nutrition partners, in addition to partnerships with others engaged in expanding access to healthy foods. These partnerships include relationships with Integris Health, Variety Care, RAIN and the Oklahoma City-County Health Department who both prescribe and help distribute healthy food to chronically ill patients. The Regional Food Bank will also continue to train OU medical residents in how to screen for food insecurity in patients. Integris, the Chickasaw Nation, OSU-OKC and the American Heart Association will continue to provide nutrition education and cooking demonstrations in FRCs. These partnerships help the Regional Food Bank advance its nutrition policy throughout the organization's programs and operations.

The Regional Food Bank has developed a set of steps for each focus area.

Goal 1: Scale the Food & Resource Center Model to Broader Network of Public Pantry Partners.
1) Conduct focus groups with existing Food & Resource Centers to assess lessons learned from the initiative's start-up phase. Use this information to shape continuous improvement options and scaling of the model across the Regional Food Bank's service area.
2) Conduct a capacity building survey in partnership with Feeding America to assess the specific areas where partners need to build capacity and barriers to expanding services and food distribution.
3) Hold an agency conference to obtain additional feedback on emerging new standards for agencies as part of scaling the Food & Resource Center model.
4) Development of a final plan for scaling the Food & Resource Center model to the rest of the Food Bank's public pantry partners.
5) Obtain feedback via surveys and in-person discussions from existing partner agencies and Food & Resource Centers on this proposed plan and use that feedback to finalize the plan.
6) Implement plan to transform broader network in alignment with Food & Resource Center concepts in FY18.

Goal 2: Expand Child and Senior Meal Programs through the Optimization of Production Kitchen and Expanded Community Partnerships:
Summer Feeding
1. Serve as a core partner and one of four hosts for Summer Feeding Programs in Oklahoma on the Oklahoma Children's Food Security Council.
2. Engage in community organizing activities throughout the third and fourth quarter to organize new partnerships for Summer Feeding and support the maintenance of existing partnerships.

Production and Distribution of Children's Meals
3. Develop and distribute frozen meals produced in the Regional Food Bank's Production Kitchen to all existing Kids Café sites, including those in rural areas.

Production and Distribution of Senior Meals
4. Finalize a partnership with a local senior social services organization to distribute Production Kitchen meals to seniors attending daily congregate feeding sites.

Goal 3: Develop Health & Nutrition Partnerships.
1. Continue and expand health provider partnerships.

2. Finalize and adopt a nutrition policy to guide the Regional Food Bank's overall efforts to impact the health of the clients we serve.

3. Develop a sustainable approach for the Farm to Food Bank project, which helps local farmers' meet their soil conservation goals. Integrate this pilot project with our Urban Harvest program, which provides fresh produce to partner agencies throughout our service areas.

The Regional Food Bank has 37 years of strong, successful collaborations with key partners in our state with an end goal of leveraging collaborative opportunities to help fight hunger in Oklahoma. The Regional Food Bank believes in the power of collaborative opportunities because it is only through collaboration that long-term projects can truly succeed. As a whole, these collaborative partnerships help the Regional Food Bank secure food and monetary donations, implement operational efficiencies to maximize resources and educate Oklahomans on hunger issues impacting our state.

Each year, the Regional Food Bank continues to expand its food distribution efforts in order to meet the growing need for emergency food assistance in our state. Last year, the Regional Food Bank served 52 million pounds of food, a four percent increase from the previous year. In addition to distributing food through 1,300 partner agencies and participating schools, the Regional Food Bank also continues to distribute food through 11 special, targeted programs designed to reach individuals who may not have access to the traditional emergency food network due to age, location, mobility or disability. As outlined in the progress section, each of these programs is also growing to help meet the demand for help in our state.

• Backpack Program: During the 2016-2017 fiscal year, the program served more than 24,371 chronically hungry children attending 500 elementary schools received weekly backpacks of food throughout the school year. This increase is a 30 percent increase in only one academic year, the largest increase in the Regional Food Bank's history. Since the Regional Food Bank did not add sites this year, the increase is exclusively based on existing sites serving a greater number of children.

• Care and Share Family Box Program: The Care and Share Family Box Program focuses on rural communities with high levels of need and limited or no access to partner agencies. More than 1,400 Oklahomans in 12 areas receive food on a monthly basis.

• Food & Resource Centers: 14 Food & Resource Centers (FRCs) are increasing the amount of food distributed to hungry Oklahomans by offering expanded hours of access and client choice pantries throughout our service area. These FRCs served more than 112,000 unique individuals, including targeted high-risk populations..

• Fresh Food Mobile Market Program: Ten distribution sites specifically targeted to communities with high indicators of need are serving an average of 1,500 individuals each month.

• Fresh Rx: Three sites in conjunction with low-income medical clinics include healthy-living pantry boxes and fresh food distributions, with a goal of improving health outcomes through increased access to healthier food options.

• Kids Cafe: 37 Kids Cafe sites and afterschool snack programs provide a safe haven, enrichment activities and a snack or full meal daily after school to more than 6,200 at-risk children.

• OKDHS Pantry Program: The OKDHS Pantry Program is a partnership with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Pre-packaged boxes of nonperishable food are provided each month to nearly 900 families in crisis situations in 51 counties.

• School Pantry Program: During the 2015-2016 academic year, the program served 5,770 secondary students struggling with hunger. These students received enough food for 603,053 meals through the 167 middle and high schools participating in the School Pantry Program.

• Senior Feeding Program: The Senior Feeding Program provides food assistance to more than 21,000 low-income seniors through senior mobile pantries, homebound delivery and a pantry box program.

• Summer Feeding Program: The Summer Feeding Program provides nutritious food to children in the summer months when school meals are not available. In Summer 2017, the Regional Food Bank hosted 120 feeding sites, serving more than 7,000 children.

• Urban Harvest: Urban Harvest is a sustainable gardening program that focuses on fresh food production for the Regional Food Bank's Fresh Rx Program and other partners. Last year, Urban Harvest increased its production by 177 percent.

Financials

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FoodLink Inc

Board of directors
as of 10/03/2017
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Marian Moon

Community Leader

Board leadership practices

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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? Yes