Worcester County Food Bank, Inc.

Food for now. Food for tomorrow. Food for everyone.

aka WCFB   |   Shrewsbury, MA   |  foodbank.org

Mission

The mission of the Worcester County Food Bank is to engage, educate and lead Worcester County in creating a hunger-free community.

Ruling year info

1994

Executive Director

Ms. Jean G McMurray

Main address

474 Boston Turnpike

Shrewsbury, MA 01545 USA

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EIN

04-3071457

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Civil Rights, Social Action, and Advocacy N.E.C. (R99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

1 in 11 local people (and 1 in 8 children) don't have enough, healthy food to eat. Through our food distribution and advocacy efforts, we're working to provide food for today to those who need it, while also addressing the root causes of hunger through advocacy.

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?

Food Sourcing and Distribution

What We Do

Food Collection and Distribution
Food is the most basic of human needs. Community support makes it possible for tens of thousands of people in Worcester County to count on WCFB and our network of partner agencies for their next meal.

WCFB collects and inspects perishable and non-perishable food and distributes it through a network of 118 Partner Agencies to help feed people struggling with hunger in all 60 cities and towns of Worcester County.

Last year, WCFB distributed 6.5 million pounds of donated food and grocery product, enough for more than 5.4 million meals. The food was distributed to 118 Partner Agencies in Worcester County that provided it to 81,000 different people.


Food Safety
WCFB trains its Partner Agencies in food safety. Representatives from food pantries are certified through the ServSafe Food Handler Guide for Food Banking. Representatives from community meal programs are certified through the ServSafe Food Safety Training Program. The courses provide training on maintaining good personal hygiene, cleaning and sanitizing food properly as well as receiving, storing, evaluating, repacking and transporting food safely. ServSafe training and certifications are recognized by more federal, state and local jurisdictions than any other food safety certification.

Advocacy
WCFB believes that food is a fundamental right of all people and that hunger is an issue of social justice. WCFB is a leading advocate for promoting access to healthy food by improving the quality of school breakfast and lunch, expanding the summer food service program, and increasing funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamps. These systemic and sustainable solutions support children, families, and senior citizens in being more food secure and healthy.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

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.

Our ultimate goal is to create a hunger-free community - but donated food alone isn't enough to end hunger. We're committed to forward thinking, strategic partnerships, advocacy: building momentum around policies and programs that decrease hunger and increase food access.

1) Through food acquisition and distribution, we will provide 5.8 million meals annually by 2020.
2) By maximizing and helping connect neighbors to federal nutrition programs, we will increase food access by 6 million meals by 2020.
3) We will build our capacity for advocacy and movement-building.
4) We will invest in organizational excellence: expanding, improving, and supporting our human and physical resources.

Worcester County Food Bank employs a dedicated staff of over 25 people, who are our greatest asset. They work in operations, Partner Agency relations, advocacy, communications, and fund development. They, and our dedicated Board of Directors, include people with lived experience of hunger and poverty.

In addition, WCFB's network of 118 Partner Agencies - food pantries and community meal programs across Worcester County - help distribute food to 81,000 neighbors in need, roughly 1/3 of them children.

This year, WCFB and its Partner Agencies helped distribute a total of 6.5 million pounds of food (the equivalent of 5.4 million meals) - over half of it fruits, vegetables and proteins - to 81,000 neighbors in Worcester County, 1/3 of them children.

Through our advocacy efforts, we helped expand Breakfast After the Bell programs by three school districts, providing access to nutritious breakfast for an additional 2,000 students. We also conducted five trainings across the region, mobilizing residents to speak up about hunger in their communities and organizing around important advocacy efforts like Paid Family and Medical Leave, a $15 minimum wage, SNAP, and the Healthy Incentives Program.

Over the coming year, recognizing that WCFB is just one player in the larger effort to end hunger in our community, we will continue to build our partners' capacity for advocacy and storytelling, raising awareness of hunger and opportunities to help.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Worcester County Food Bank, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/06/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Robert Pulda

Danielle Foods

Tracy Barlok

College of the Holy Cross

Christopher Davies

Bartholomew & Company

Stephen Erickson

ELM Wealth Management of Raymond James

Matthew Labovites

City of Worcester Department of Public Works & Parks

Robert Pulda

Danielle Foods

Kristina Brand

NetApp, Inc.

Cathy Livingstone

Bryley Systems

Jess Oyer

Fletcher Tilton PC

Sehila Ryerson

Sarah Shugrue

Greater Worcester Community Foundation