Good Shepherd Food Bank

Partnering to End Hunger

aka Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine   |   Auburn, ME   |  http://www.gsfb.org

Mission

The mission of Good Shepherd Food Bank is to eliminate hunger in Maine by sourcing and distributing nutritious food to people in need, building strong community partnerships, and mobilizing the public in the fight to end hunger

Ruling year info

1989

President

Ms. Kristen Miale

Main address

PO Box 1807

Auburn, ME 04211 USA

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EIN

22-2986809

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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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?

Food Distribution

As the largest hunger-relief organization in Maine, Good Shepherd Food Bank provides for Mainers facing hunger by distributing nutritious food to more than 500 partner agencies across the state, including food pantries, meal sites, schools, health care centers, and senior programs. Together with its network, the Food Bank leads a statewide effort to combat the root causes of hunger by engaging in advocacy, nutrition education, and strategic partnerships. In Fiscal Year 2020, the Food Bank distributed more than 29 million meals to families, children, and seniors in need throughout Maine.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Social and economic status

Since 1993, Share Our Strength’s Cooking Matters has provided low-income people at risk of hunger with hands-on cooking and nutrition classes led by volunteer professional chefs and nutritionists. These four to six-week classes are held in local community agencies and schools. Classes are free to participants and host agencies. At each class, participants receive a bag of groceries and recipes to try at home.

In Maine, Cooking Matters is a program of Good Shepherd Food Bank. Classes are offered in all 16 counties through partnerships with Maine SNAP-Ed*, Eat Well Nutrition Program**, 5-2-1-0, and other community organizations.

Population(s) Served
Adults

More than 70,000 children in Maine are living with food insecurity. Meaning they don’t always know where their next meal will come from, or if it will be enough. That means one out of every five Maine kids struggles with hunger – the highest child hunger rate in all of New England.

The research is clear that Children living in food-insecure homes are less able to learn than their well-fed peers, are absent from school more frequently, have more behavioral problems in the classroom, and are more prone to health issues.

Our Youth and Family Programs focus on meeting the nutritional needs of children during the times they are most likely to experience hunger: after school, weekends, and summer vacation.

Our Child Hunger Programs focus on meeting the nutritional needs of children during the times they are most likely to experience hunger.

Through the School Pantry Program, GSFB partners with over 210 public schools, early childhood centers, and college campuses to provide easy, consistent access to nutritious food for students and their families. Our school partners not only serve as food distribution sites in vulnerable areas, but also function as vital community resource hubs where families feel welcomed, supported, and safe.

The Kid’s Café program provides highly nutritious, kid-friendly snacks and prepared meals at community locations during afterschool hours. In addition to providing a safe space for children to work on homework and explore new interests, Kid’s Café partners also host nutrition education programs for participants year-round.

Summer Food Service Program provides nutritious meals and snacks to kids during summer vacation. During the school year, more than 80,000 Maine children participate in the free and reduced-price lunch program to ensure they get the nutrition that they need to thrive in school. Less than 25% of those children receive meals during the summer months, largely due to the lack of school meal programs. To help meet the nutritional needs of Maine children, Good Shepherd Food Bank became a sponsor of the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program in Bangor & Brewer.

During the summer months, we work with partners across the city to serve up freshly prepared meals that are both nutritious and delicious for FREE to children ages 18 and under. As part of the program, the Food Bank partners with volunteers and nonprofits from across the city to offer enrichment activities like gardening, nutrition, sports, and more.

The BackPack Program operated from 2010-2020.

In September 2020, all BackPack sites were transitioned to School Pantry programs in order to provide families with a wider variety of foods, including fresh produce.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We welcome local food producers throughout Maine to join our work to eliminate hunger in the state.
Good Shepherd Food Bank launched Mainers Feeding Mainers by forming partnerships with the people who work the land and the sea, to provide food for Mainers facing hunger. Our goal: to get fresh and nutritionally balanced Maine-harvested food to Maine families in need.

Since launching the program, we have worked with more than 70 farm partners to acquire and distribute over 2 million pounds of fresh, Maine-grown food per year to families in need.

Population(s) Served

Good Shepherd Food Bank provides training to healthcare partners interested in implementing the Hunger Vital Signs™ Food Insecurity Screening questions as part of routine patient visits. The Food Bank can also provide healthcare partners with pre-packed emergency food bags for direct and immediate distribution to those who identify as food insecure. These bags can provide 2-3 days of nutritious shelf-stable food to patients struggling to manage a chronic illness.

Each healthcare partner is also provided with a list of local emergency food access points to offer to patients that screen positive for food insecurity. In addition, the Food Bank works closely with local partner agencies to make sure they have enough healthy food on hand to serve community members who are referred there from healthcare partners.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Building Advocate Leadership Program is a skill-building program designed to support participants in using their personal stories as tools for change.

Program Goals
- Build a powerful, statewide network of advocates
- Elevate voices of food insecure Mainers into a movement to end hunger
- Create connections between policy leaders and Mainers struggling with food insecurity

Guiding Principle

Strengthening relationships between policy leaders and Mainers experiencing food insecurity will result in programs and policies that accurately reflect the unique and varied life experiences of Mainers most impacted by food insecurity.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator

Awards

Best Places to Work in Maine 2020

Best Places to Work in Maine

Affiliations & memberships

Feeding America

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Closing Maine's Meal Gap

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

Social and economic status, Family relationships, Ethnic and racial groups, Age groups, Health

Related Program

Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We estimate that 40 million meals were missing from the tables of Mainers in 2020 - this is Maine's Meal Gap. We are currently providing 31.3 million meals/year and aim to close the meal gap by 2025.

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Good Shepherd Food Bank's bold goal is that by 2025, all food insecure Mainers will have access to the nutritious food they need, when and where they need it.

Strategies include: local, nutritious food sourcing; infrastructure improvements; expanding community-based partnerships; employing innovative distribution models; developing programmatic solutions; conducting research, education and advocacy; developing organizational support services; and fundraising for resource development.

Good Shepherd Food Bank is a member of the Feeding America network and has been selected as one of six food banks to build a 10-year strategic plan to end hunger in its service area. Good Shepherd Food Bank was selected as the rural model for the entire network.

The Food Bank has met or is on track to meet, goals for key performance metrics.

Financials

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Operations

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Good Shepherd Food Bank

Board of directors
as of 7/27/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Frank Pecoraro

Bruce Daman

Jim Darroch

Barbara Gagne

Michelle Hayes

Smith, Kjelgaard & Hayes

John Nutting

Ben Sprague

The First Bancorp

Bill Williamson

Bank of America

John Bennett

Oakhurst Dairy

Victoria Rogers

The Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital at Maine Medical Center

Frank Pecoraro

Mulberry Farms

Scott Maker

Unum

Peter Richardson

RM Davis

David Reifschneider

Dora Anne Mills, MD

Claudette Ndayininahaze

Peter Forester

Hannaford

Kate Rush

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? 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/27/2021,

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/07/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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.