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F.E.A.S.T. - FAMILIES EMPOWERED AND SUPPORTING TREATMENT OF EATING DISORDERS

We are here because we've been there

aka F.E.A.S.T.   |   Saratoga Springs, NY   |  http://www.feast-ed.org

Mission

F.E.A.S.T. is an organization of and for parents and caregivers to help loved ones recover from eating disorders by providing information and mutual support, promoting evidence-based treatment, and advocating for research and education to reduce the suffering associated with eating disorders.

Ruling year info

2009

Executive Director

Judy Krasna

Main address

26 F Congress St Ste 117

Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-4168 USA

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EIN

26-4706974

NTEE code info

Eating Disorder, Addiction (F53)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (F01)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (H01)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Eating Disorders cause immeasurable suffering to families due to the lack of support, inclusion, education, and access to evidence-based treatment.

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?

Caregiver Support & Connection

PEER-TO-PEER SUPPORT
• Around the Dinner Table Forum
• Around the Dinner Table Facebook Group - English
• Around the Dinner Table Facebook Group - Spanish
• Incoming live chatline, emails & DM
• Coffee Breaks - Local in person groups

WEBINAR SERIES
• Tough Topics Thursday live webinar series with professional guests.

GLOBAL TASK FORCES FOR REGIONAL ACTION
• Efforts to discover carer support both in our own regions and as a whole. We share ideas, exchange resources, and talk about our current advocacy efforts in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Mexico, and Greece.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Families

F.E.A.S.T. FAMILY GUIDES
• Four Eating Disorder Guides:
- Nutrition
- Understanding Eating Disorders
- Neurobiology
- Treatment
• Translations: Spanish, Chinese, Ukrainian, and German

BLOGS
• F.E.A.S.T. blogs include:
- Research and treatment
- Lived experience
- Eating disorder news

WEBINAR SERIES
• Tough Topics Thursday live webinar series with professional guests.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Families

INTERNATIONAL PROFESSIONAL ADVOCACY
• U.S. Congressional Briefing
• Committee professional membership in the U.S., New Zealand, UK, Australia, and Canada
• Around the Dinner Table Facebook Group - English & Spanish
• Live chatline, emails & DM
• Coffee Breaks - Local in person groups

POSITION STATEMENTS
• Topics have included; Weight Watchers Kurbo App, eating disorders and euthanasia, parents do not cause eating disorders

WEEKLY BREAKING NEWS
• Dissemination of latest research and lived experience blog posts

GLOBAL TASK FORCE FOR REGIONAL ACTION
• We share ideas, exchange resources, and talk about our current advocacy efforts in the U.S., Canada, UK, Australia, New Zealand, Israel, Mexico, and Greece.

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Families

F.E.A.S.T. OF KNOWLEDGE
• A one day conference for caregivers providing:
- Presentations from researchers, clinicians, experts by experience, and advocates.
- Breakout sessions to enhance carer skill sets and education.
- Networking with other caregivers and professionals

Population(s) Served
Caregivers
Families

Where we work

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 public events held to further mission

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

Caregiver Education

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our webinars plus the FEAST of Knowledge conference.

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.

1. Empower carers in their understanding of an eating disorder and ability to access effective treatment.
2. Provide carers with resources, education, and peer support to develop their family's unique toolkit.
3. Maintain accurate, up-to-date, evidence-based research for families.
4. Develop the support system, confidence, and resources for the entire family.
5. Provide access to essential resources for underserved communities worldwide.

F.E.A.S.T. advocates for the needs and rights of carers, helps them gain access to what they need to thrive – from gaining access to evidence-based treatment, peer-to-peer support, to supplying essential resources, and providing advocacy opportunities to make needed changes in the education and treatment of eating disorders.

We supply a broad range of programs to offer caregivers a full toolkit as they fight for recovery for the family member with the eating disorder. To ensure these programs serve our community, F.E.A.S.T. utilizes analytics to determine new challenges and needs.

Community
- F.E.A.S.T. serves a global community of over 8,000 members.

Staffing
- With F.E.A.S.T.'s increased visibility has come expanded need from carers around the world. We have evolved from an all-volunteer organization to one with a paid Executive Director in 2018 and an additional paid staff in 2019, 2020, and 2021.
-5 Board Members
- 23 Advisors

Advocacy
- Global Task Force for Regional Activities - Regional task force members attend local conferences in their geographic area and report back to our global community.
- The parent voice is now well recognized internationally with organizations such as; Academy for Eating Disorders, National Eating Disorders Association, Eating Disorders Association New Zealand.

Program & Analytics
- Implementation of necessary technology has increased the availability of metrics to measure impact and engagement.

2023 Accomplishments
-Added siblings peer support group
-Reached over 8,000 families globally
-2023 FEAST of Knowledge virtual conference with 573 attendees

2022 Accomplisments
-Reached over 7,000 families globally
-Developed Skills Videos Program to be released in 2023
-2022 FEAST of Knowledge virtual conference

2021 Accomplishments
-Developed a training program for our parent peer support volunteers
-Instituted a monthly supervision meeting for parent peer support volunteers
-Started a skills-based support group for dads and partners called Men of FEAST
-Implemented a monthly educational webinar series
-Hired an Association Management Company
-Hired a new Executive Director

2020 Accomplishments
-Developed a new program for parents/caregivers called First 30 Days
- Implemented a live chat line
- Successful 3rd annual carer conference - FEAST of Knowledge
- Increased global caregiver support
- Developed Tough Topics Thursday Webinar Series
- Expanded our advisory panel
- Hired a staff member

What's Next?
- Developing support and resources for other family members; spouses, siblings, and grandparents
- Increase caregiver resources on our website
- 4th annual FEAST of Knowledge carer conference - TBD 2022
-Develop an advocacy knowledge base
-Create a cookbook for parents

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 using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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F.E.A.S.T. - FAMILIES EMPOWERED AND SUPPORTING TREATMENT OF EATING DISORDERS

Board of directors
as of 01/18/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ellen Ewing

Judy Krasna

FEAST

Frank Brockmann

FEAST

Rachel Polonsky

FEAST

Ellen Ewing

FEAST

Dave Dunn

FEAST

Margaret McDonald

FEAST

Jenni Gaines

FEAST

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/11/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/11/2023

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • 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.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
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 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.