TABLE TO TABLE INC

Delivering food to hose who need it most

aka Table to Table   |   Hasbrouck Heights, NJ   |  http://www.tabletotable.org

Mission

Table to Table is the only dedicated community-based food rescue program in New Jersey that collects prepared and perishable food that would otherwise be wasted from over 150 donor organizations and delivers it the same day in refrigerated trucks to over 250 human services agencies that serve the hungry in Bergen, Essex, Hudson and Passaic Counties in northern New Jersey.

Ruling year info

1999

Executive Director

Ms. Ilene Isaacs

Main address

611 US Highway 46 W. Suite 240

Hasbrouck Heights, NJ 07604 USA

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EIN

22-3646125

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Northern New Jersey is a diverse area composed of towns boasting the highest income levels in the country, along with many that have the highest levels of poverty. Plain and simply, thousands of people are hungry in an area of great abundance. At the same time, 40% of all edible food in this country is wasted. Table to Table bridges the gap by safely and efficiently picking up food that would otherwise be wasted up each day from supermarkets, restaurants and food distributors and delivering it to agencies in this geography that are feeding our hungry neighbors. In 2019, with so many more people finding themselves in need due to Covid-19, we have maximized our community partnerships and pivoted our operations to ensure that we bring food to the greatest number of people requesting our assistance.

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 Rescue

Founded in 1999, Table to Table picks up fresh, excess food from more than 200 regular donors, including restaurants, supermarkets, farmers markets, hospitals, corporate cafeterias, catering companies and food distributors. On the same day the food is picked up, it is delivered to over 170 recipient agencies, including soup kitchens, shelters for victims of domestic violence, drug rehab centers, homeless shelters, programs assisting veterans, HIV day centers and senior adult programs.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 4-Star Rating 2020

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
Related Program

Food Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

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

Food Rescue

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

Our goal is a simple one - to procure as much high quality, fresh food (that would otherwise end up in landfills) as capacity allows. In 2019, we delivered enough food to a widely diverse group of social and human services agencies to serve 26 million meals to our hungry neighbors in northern NJ.

Table to Table operates a fleet of 7 refrigerated trucks for the daily pick-up and delivery of fresh food. They start and end each day empty—minimizing costs, maximizing efficiency and enabling us to redistribute food at an internal cost of less than 10 cents per meal. And, because our recipient agencies save on the costs of food purchasing, transport and delivery, this effort leverages precious capital allowing them to fulfill their own vital missions.

Our once ambitious goal for 2019 was to deliver food for 27 million meals. The need created by Covid-19 has spurred us on to rescue and deliver twice that amount during the first 7 months of the year.

Our model has been to work with more than 150 regular food donors including supermarkets, food distributors, restaurants and corporate cafeterias. We then deliver the food to over 250 recipient agencies including soup kitchens, agencies serving women who are victims of domestic violence and their children, drug rehabilitation centers, homeless shelters, programs assisting veterans, HIV day centers and elder care programs.

With the establishment of 3, no cost, weekly fresh produce markets and 15 centralized distribution hubs, we had the ability to provide fresh food access to the greatest number of people possible at each location. Combining an education component in the model addressed the need for longer-term, behavioral changes in dietary habits.

During the pandemic we quickly shifted our model as the ability for volunteers and clients to gather for traditional food distributions was upended. Instead we have forged relationships with new community partners, local governments and public service groups to create "pack and go" food distribution sites, while still meeting the needs of those able to distribute food in a more traditional manner.

Table to Table's current fleet of 6 refrigerated trucks, each with a dedicated driver, delivered over 19 million meals in 2017, exceeding the goal that year by one million meals!

We maintain a culture of continuous quality improvement, looking for ways to maximize the amount of food we bring to those we serve. Table to Table takes no government money—we rely solely on our own efforts to raise the funds needed to support our operations. Part of our success has been the effective mobilization of significant support from major corporate partners, as well as dozens of local companies and businesses. We also are privileged to have a high profile, hands-on Board of Trustees that actively assists in accomplishing the organization's goals.

We are proud of what we've accomplished in our 21 year history - rescuing 62,000 tons of excess fresh food that provided 189 million meals for our hungry neighbors. But it is not enough. Americans throw out 40% (almost every other bite) of the country's food supply. We are committed to significantly lowering that number in our service area, thereby ensuring that more hungry people are sated with nutrient-rich, fresh food.

To that end, we aim to significantly increase our capacity by:
1. Procuring more food (by adding to the roster of food donation partners and securing more from existing partners, where feasible);
2. Delivering more food (by getting food to 6 more agencies on the waiting list in 2020 with a pathway to permanently reducing the list to be able to service all who need our assistance;
3. Establishing more centralized distribution hubs.
4. Securing the necessary additional funding to add refrigerated trucks and dedicated drivers so that our catchment area is fully served.

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To help measure impact,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We changed the methodology used to impart information about good nutritional choices and the ways to incorporate healthy foods into the diet as a result of client feedback. A more formalized program was replaced with a "hands-on" one-to-one approach.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

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

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TABLE TO TABLE INC

Board of directors
as of 8/25/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Gregory Mueller

Mueller Law Firm

Term: 2020 - 2022

Diego R. Visceglia

Summit Associates

David Burke

David Burke Group

Rudy Mueller

Tocqueville Securities

Tracy Nieporent

Myriad Restaurant Group

Chuck Russo

Russo's Wine & Spirit World

Claire Insalata Poulos

Founder, Table to Table

Lindsey Inserra

Inserra Supermarkets, Inc.

Gregory Mueller

Mueller Law Firm

Tanya Mayer

Willis Towers Watson

David Hildes

Nader Ashway

moddern

Ilene Isaacs

Table To Table Inc

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 08/12/2020

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
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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