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Food Bank of South Jersey

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Pennsauken, NJ   |  www.foodbanksj.org

Mission

The Food Bank of South Jersey exists to provide an immediate solution to the urgent problem of hunger by providing food to people in need, teaching them to eat nutritiously, and helping them to find sustainable ways to improve their lives.

Ruling year info

1986

President & CEO

Fred C. Wasiak

Main address

1501 John Tipton Blvd

Pennsauken, NJ 08110 USA

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EIN

22-2623089

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In the United States today, there are over 40 million food-insecure people. Food insecurity refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods. What does food insecurity look like in New Jersey? Today, there are more than 865,900 people living with food insecurity in New Jersey. Of these, 260,340 are children. In South Jersey, more than 136,750 people – 1 in 9 adults and 1 in every 8 children – are struggling with food insecurity in Burlington, Camden, Gloucester and Salem counties alone. The total number of food-insecure children living in this four-county region is 38,890.

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?

Kids Cafe/Kidz Pack

For after-school assistance, our Kids Cafe program supplies dinner and nutritious snacks in safe, supervised environments. For assistance on weekend, when school
meals are not available, our Kidz Pack program bridges the gap. Every Friday during the school year, FBSJ provides at-risk school children with nutritionally-balanced grocery items to help sustain them over the weekend. This assures consistent nutrition for all and helps stretch the family budget.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Through our Twilight Harvest program which includes a federal supplemental food program, FBSJ relieves the economic pressure that many seniors feel. Each
month, we deliver boxes with food and ingredients directly to low-income senior complexes and living facilities. Seniors are able to prepare two weeks worth of
balanced meals from our supplies, getting a timely boost that contributes to their physical and mental well-being.

Population(s) Served
Seniors

For assistance during the summer, our Summer Meals Program picks up where school feeding programs end. We supply breakfast and lunches Monday through
Friday, for 10 summer weeks, to thousands of children attending camps, learning centers, and similar settings, so that consistent access to food is not jeopardized
during the long summer recess. With the addition of the “Bus Stop Café” – a renovated and air conditioned school bus featuring a new interior design with a built-in dining room – children gather together to enjoy meals and socialize. The program offers peace of mind to parents, too – as it takes some of the burden of replacing school provided meals once summer begins.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

The struggles of low-income families typically involve trade-offs on necessities. Far too often they are forced to make sacrifices on food, cutting back on the amount purchased or settling for low quality, less-nutritious items. We help families make ends meet through our partnerships with pantries, where they can obtain nutrient-dense food from a trusted community source. Because not every family lives close to one of our partner agencies or to a full-service grocery store, we launched our Hope Mobile, an 18-wheel tractor trailer that functions as a mobile food pantry. Each month, it transports thousands of pounds of shelf-stable foods, fresh produce, meat and dairy products to needy families, in designated locations known as "food deserts" throughout our service area.

And through our School Pantry program, FBSJ works with school administrators and parent-teacher organizations to identify and directly assist families who can benefit most from deliveries of healthy, supplemental groceries.

Population(s) Served
Families
Children and youth

The FBSJ Health and Wellness (H&W) department is FBSJ’s educational complement to our core feeding program. Through a combination of classroom instruction and cooking demonstration, H&W shares the value of nutrition awareness and empowers participants across our communities to adopt healthy eating behaviors.

Cooking Matters® programs offered in partnership with Share Our Strength, consist of classes with content tailored for children, teens, and families. In partnership with Oldways, H&W offers an adult curriculum that embraces healthy, cultural eating traditions with courses such as A Taste of African Heritage and A Taste of Latin American Heritage. These hands-on lessons transfer skills that enable those with limited means to become smarter
shoppers and to make nutritious meals from basic foods.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Awards

Four Star Rating 2013

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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 meals served or provided

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Summer Meals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Meals provided to children facing hunger during the summer months when school is not in session.

Total number of classes offered

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Health and Wellness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Nutrition education sessions: Interactive classroom instructions and hands-on cooking demonstrations that promote healthy eating.

Number of participants attending course/session/workshop

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

Health and Wellness

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Children, adults and seniors who participated in FBSJ's various health and wellness courses.

Number of meals delivered

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

Adults, Children and youth, Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Number of meals distributed through FBSJ's Feed More and direct service programs to communities across a four-county service area.

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.

FBSJ’s vision starts with a clear identity of who we are as an organization, who we want to be and the aspirations we have for South Jersey. At the heart of our institution is the belief that no person – young or old – should go hungry due to a lack of the financial resources required to purchase sufficient, healthy food. Essential to powering our lives, nourishing food should never feel like a choice, and for the reported 136,750 South Jersey residents struggling with food insecurity, it is. Therefore, the primary aim of FBSJ is to reroute the trajectory of these citizens’ lives by creating a food-secure community in which residents thrive and live a life of dignity, purpose and vitality.

Beyond addressing the direct implications of food insecurity through hunger-relief programs, FBSJ’s short- and long-term plan creates a roadmap for evolving with the needs of the community and economic landscape. FBSJ will strive to maintain the perfect balance between serving with compassion and streamlining its operation to maximize productivity and effectiveness.

As FBSJ settles into a new decade, capitalizing on its distinct competitive advantages will position the organization for continued success. Investing in its workforce, the dedicated and highly-skilled staff who execute the mission; investing in technology that promotes transparency and efficiency; investing in infrastructure aimed at fostering a donor-centered institution, are all operational facets that lay the foundation for a sustainable South Jersey.

Armed with a clear vision of deepening, strengthening and expanding our role as South Jersey’s leading hunger-relief organization, the staff, board, partner-agencies and key stakeholders embarked on a Real Time strategic planning process that will guide and shape the future of FBSJ based on the four outlined pillars.

1. Further deepen our engagement with stakeholders, donors and community partners
2. Optimize and modernize our current resources
3. Build capacity to close the Hunger Gap
4. Proactively seek opportunities and identify future challenges

Central to the Food Bank of South Jersey’s vision and new strategic plan, is eliminating the barriers that hinder access to nourishing food and building greater capacity to close the hunger gap. This plan builds upon the organization’s long-standing 35-year history of being a
steady, reliable resource for residents facing instability. An efficient, nimble and resourceful infrastructure will strengthen FBSJ’s proficiency in distributing food to individuals, seniors, children and families struggling with food insecurity through a myriad of systems that include
its network of over 200 partner-agencies and versatile direct service programs.

FOOD
Distributing food to people in need is the entry point of fulfilling our mission. FBSJ is the largest source of government and non-government food assistance that supports the unique geographic landscape – urban, suburban and rural – of South Jersey. In order to support our vision of people living healthy thriving lives, FBSJ seeks to continue playing a key role in improving equitable access to nutritious food for all communities in South Jersey.

NUTRITION
Eat Well. Move Well. Feel Well. The second part of our mission is the educational complement to our core feeding program. The vision for Health and Wellness is to increase consumption of healthy foods by educating families and individuals on how to select and prepare affordable nutritious foods for family meals and snacks. Through a combination of interactive classroom instruction and hands-on
cooking demonstration, FBSJ’s Health and Wellness department shares the value of nutrition awareness and empowers participants across our communities to adopt healthy eating behaviors.

SUSTAINABILITY
Leveraging our competitive advantages of credibility, visionary leadership and organizational flexibility, the third mandate paves the way for a food bank that’s equipped to innovate, tackle challenges and respond to future opportunities. We are sustainable by being fiscally responsible, innovative with our programming and by adopting technological advances that improve operational efficiencies. Included in FBSJ’s plan is creating solutions such as workforce training that will help break the cycle of poverty and food insecurity for residents.

As the region’s largest source of government and non-government food assistance supporting the unique geographic landscape – urban, suburban and rural – of South Jersey, FBSJ works collaboratively with a cross-section of partners including municipalities, educational institutions, community organizations and the over 200 local pantries that play a vital role in the execution of the mission to feed South Jersey.

Accomplishments thus far:
Converted over 50 pantries to the choice-model thereby promoting stronger nutrition acumen and healthier habits.
Developed and implemented food waste reduction principles into nutrition programming and healthy eating initiatives.
Increased the distribution of (healthier) Foods to Encourage (FTE) by eight percentage points.
Added pop-up distributions in all four counties in an effort to eliminate barriers to food access.
Refined the meal composition of the children's meals to include higher quality foods.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Food Bank of South Jersey

Board of directors
as of 07/01/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Megan Shea

Yay Lunch

Term: 2019 - 2022

Suzanne Ghee

Altheia LeDuc

Pam Boyd

Kate Latimer

Megan Shea

Fred Wasiak

Jeff Hayman

James Mbassa

Frank Plum

Phil Bartholomew

Darlene Trappier

Diana Haussling

Doug Schaeffer

Mike Matheis

Neal Walters

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? 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 7/1/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/01/2022

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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 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.
Policies and processes
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.