Galveston County Food Bank

Leading the Fight to End Hunger in Galveston County

aka Galveston County Food Bank   |   Texas City, TX   |  www.galvestoncountyfoodbank.org

Mission

When a local family is going through financial crisis or other obstacles, food is often the first necessity they seek. The Galveston County Food Bank's mission is to provide easy access to nutritional food for the economically disadvantaged, under served populations of Galveston County through a network of participating charitable organizations, schools, and food bank-managed programs focused on serving vulnerable populations. We also provide these individuals and families with resources beyond food, connecting them to other agencies and services that can assist with needs such as child care, job placement, family therapy, healthcare and other resources that can help get them back on their feet and on the path to recovery and/or self-sufficiency.

Ruling year info

2004

President & CEO

Mr. Donnie VanAckeren

Main address

624 4th Avenue N

Texas City, TX 77590 USA

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Formerly known as

Gleanings From The Harvest for Galveston, Inc.

EIN

20-0408375

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

It is estimated that 1 in 5 people face food insecurity in Galveston County. Galveston County Food Bank serves approximately 22,000 people (unduplicated count) annually with more than 7.6 million pounds of food in an attempt to alleviate hunger and food insecurity. Food insecure people face unique challenges when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. Due to limited resources, affordable healthy options are not always readily available to low income individuals and their families. When people are on a limited income and lack easy access to fresh ingredients, many resort to cheap, processed food that can lead to heart disease, diabetes and obesity. Galveston County Food Bank seeks funding for its Food Distribution Programs which address food insecurity and the potential lack of nutritional food available to low income residents to promote health and wellness, education outcomes, and work productivity.

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?

Childrens Nutritional Outreach

Provides kid-friendly foods for children identified as lacking a consistent food source on the weekends or during periods when school is out of session. Food is distributed through these two programs: Backpack Buddies during the school year & Kidz Pacz during the summertime break.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

With 20-25 distributions monthly, this program provides individuals unable to use traditional food pantries access to nutritional food products at neighborhood host sites located throughout Galveston County. With a refrigerated tractor-trailer, the Food Bank delivers up to 15,000 pounds of fresh, frozen and other grocery items six days a week; each site serving approximately 500-700 residents and their family members.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Provides a monthly food box to seniors and/or persons with disabilities who do not have the financial means or health to access pantries or mobile food sites. Living mostly on a fixed income, these individuals are some of the most vulnerable due to their inability to access other community resources.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast 2009

VOAD - Volunteer Organizations Assisting with Disaster 2012

Urban Harvest 2012

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.

Key Organizational Goals:
• Eradicate food insecurity in Galveston County
• Aid in reducing obesity, heart disease and diabetes among low income residents
• Play an integral role in aiding able-bodied residents in reaching self-sufficiency
• Play an integral role in aiding residents who are unable to work in living a healthy and secure lifestyle

Galveston County Food Bank Strategic Plan

Strategy 1: Establish a Nutritional Education component in all food bank programs.
Strategy 2: Initiate a nutritional value assignment system to food bank food resources with a goal to distribute at least 70% nutrient-dense foods.
Strategy 3: Collaborate with school systems and other community resources to educate clients on the awareness, importance, and use of nourishing resources in meeting their daily nutrition needs.
Strategy 4: Determine and implement better methods of distribution of food resources as a means of eliminating food waste.
Strategy 5: Identify the basic food resources and sources of foods needed to meet the nutritional evaluation goals.
Strategy 6: Create a process to better account for the number and location of individuals served by the Food Bank and it's partners.
Strategy 7: Build the financial capacity to sustain the operation and new program needs.

Galveston County Food Bank's capabilities for reaching the above goals are:

1. Over 80 collaborating partners including schools, churches, and charitable organizations
2. Over 1,000 volunteers
3. Partnering Distribution Organization of the Houston Food Bank and Feeding America resources
4. Experienced Nutrition Educator on staff

The Galveston County Food Bank consistently distributes food to between 20,000 to 23,000 residents each month, providing approximately 7.6 million pounds of food annually; and established two unique programs that benefit two vulnerable populations -- our elderly citizens living in isolation and minor children dependent on an adult for care. Creating the Homebound and Kidz Pacz program four years ago, these two unique programs continue to grow as more residents in need are identified.

The Homebound program was developed when the Food Bank discovered of a significant number of senior citizens on a wait list for receiving home delivered meals from both the county's home-delivered meal program and the Galveston Island-based Meals on Wheels program. The Food Bank now offers to assist individuals on the wait list until openings at either of these programs occurs and food needs are met.

The Kidz Pacz program was developed when the Food Bank became aware of the summer food gap occurring for school-aged children and the financial struggle that many parents faced during the summer months.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Galveston County Food Bank

Board of directors
as of 1/25/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Rick Wade


Board co-chair

Armin Cantini

Peter Williamson

Del Papa Distributing

Kyle McFatridge

Whitley Penn

Rick Wade

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Lee Skipper

Raymond James Financial Services

Amy Mannie

Whitley Penn

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