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Urban Recipe

Dignity Tastes Good

aka Urban Recipe   |   Atlanta, GA   |  www.urbanrecipe.org

Mission

To partner with our members and supporters in creating food security, building community, and providing a platform for personal development while affirming dignity.

Ruling year info

2002

Executive Director

Jeremy D Lewis

Main address

970 Jefferson St. NW Suite 7

Atlanta, GA 30318 USA

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Formerly known as

Georgia Avenue Community Ministry, Inc.

EIN

27-0000606

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Economic Development (S30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Urban Recipe is working on providing food security to low income families in a way that creates dignity. We are also involved in bridging relationships between our donors and the people who need food in order to strengthen both communities.

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?

Urban Recipe Food Cooperatives

The Urban Recipe Food Cooperatives are a unique alternative to a food pantry. Our byline is "Dignity Tastes Good." Urban Recipe (UR) uses the need for food to create community and provide food security using an Asset Based Community Development approach.

Each food co-op can have up to 50 families and will meet together every other week, 25 times a year.

We measure success using a USDA food security instrument, which indicates to us that 100% of our members have moved closer to food security and 75% have attained it. The average income of our families is under $12,000 annually.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Three times a year, Urban Recipe has lead an all-day training for those interested in implementing our member-run food cooperative model. We also offer custom trainings to groups and ongoing support on a case by case basis.

Over the next few years, Urban Recipe is working to refine and greatly expand this part of the work to allow for more organizations and communities to effectively learn how to run and operate an Urban Recipe food co-op.

Population(s) Served
Secular groups
Adults

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Food Resource Bank - Implementing Member 1991

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.

Urban Recipe is an Atlanta based nonprofit taking a cooperative approach to creating food security in food deserts and low-income communities. Urban Recipe has taken the common food pantry model and turned it on its head, utilizing the gifts, talents and contributions of the recipients to drive the process instead of relying solely on staff or volunteers.

Urban Recipe's member-run food cooperatives provide a consistent source of food and do so in an environment where members build relationships with one another, support one another, and gain ownership by investing in the process and doing the lion's share of work to make the co-op function.

The average co-op family will receive $3500 and $5500 in food over the course of the calendar year through attending and participating in 26 meetings during the year. Because each co-op meets every other week throughout the year, the impact of the co-ops span far beyond simply being a great source for food. Co-op members become friends and each co-op becomes a community where members look forward to coming, fellowshipping and helping each other.

Currently, Urban Recipe operates 8 co-ops with space for up to 50 families in each one. UR often hosts individuals and groups from around the country and the globe interested in finding out more about the co-op approach that provides an empowering alternative to traditional models for fighting hunger.

By using Urban Recipe's member-run food cooperative model, we are able to leverage the passion and energy of low income families who receive the food to also meet their own need. These efforts help build community and create sustainability at the same time. Not having to rely on outside volunteers, our member-run food cooperatives make decisions together about how to run their co-op meetings that take place every other week, 26 times a year. They also take on the responsibility of deciding how to divide the abundance of food amongst their co-op, a group consisting of up to 50 families. All of these activities build capacity and lead to food security with dignity.

We have been developing and refining this model inspired by cooperative principles for over 30 years. We have trained organizations around the United States and now one organization in Japan on how to develop these member-run food cooperatives. Currently, there are over 40 food cooperatives that have been birthed out of this first model and we continue to look for more ways of expanding our reach.

We have been running food co-ops for over 30 years and launched a full evaluation process that started in 2018. We are encouraged by the findings and continue implement the recommendations outlined in the evaluation plan. In addition, in 2021, we began the process of working with an evaluator to create a tool to help us measure the level of community connectedness that exists in our co-ops. This tool is in addition to the food security tool that was developed in the first evaluation.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Urban Recipe

Board of directors
as of 07/21/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Ms. Robyn Bussey

Partnership for Southern Equity

Term: 2021 - 2022


Board co-chair

Wendy Silver

Retired

Term: 2021 - 2022

Rodney Johnson

Chick-fil-a Owner

Canveta Burke

UR Co-op Member

Wendy Silver

Development Director, Retired

Brian Grasso

CPA

Nathan Deasy

CFO, Batchelor & Kimball

Shakeer Abdullah

VP Amazon

Will Jordan

Associate, Mergers & Acquisitions, King and Spalding

Robyn Bussey

Senior Research Associate, Georgia Health Policy Center

Tina Brown

Director, CRM Strategy, Razorfish

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 7/9/2021

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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

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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