Meals of Hope

aka Meals of Hope   |   Naples, FL   |  http://www.mealsofhope.org

Mission

Our mission is to inspire and empower communities to come together to end hunger.

Ruling year info

2010

CEO/President

Mr. Stephen Popper

Main address

2221 Corporation Blvd.

Naples, FL 34109 USA

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Formerly known as

Kids Against Hunger of Southwest Florida

EIN

27-0268307

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Voluntarism Promotion (T40)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Throughout history, portions of the world's population have often experienced sustained periods of hunger. In many cases, this resulted from food supply disruptions caused by war, plagues, or adverse weather. For the first few decades after World War II, technological progress and enhanced political cooperation suggested it might be possible to substantially reduce the number of people suffering from hunger. While progress was uneven, by 2000 the threat of extreme hunger subsided for many of the world's people. According to the WFP some statistics are that, "Some 795 million people in the world do not have enough food to lead a healthy active life. That's about one in nine people on earth. The vast majority of the world's hungry people live in developing countries, where 12.9 percent of the population is undernourished.

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?

Volunteerism, Basic Needs Programs, Choice Food Pantries

Volunteerism- Meals of Hope is a hands-on approach for individuals of all ages to come together and pack thousands of meals which creates a positive impact in the community.  Basic Needs Programs - Each month over 10,000 people receive weekend food, personal hygiene products, and summertime food.  Food pantries - Our food pantries distribute food weekly in 13 locations to 1,000 families. In addition to food pantries we also pre package groceries for those in need. Meals of Hope is currently the largest food pantry providers in Collier County.

Population(s) Served
Families
Seniors

Where we work

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2018)

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

Volunteerism, Basic Needs Programs, Choice Food Pantries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Meals of Hope packages millions of fortified meals annually through our various meal packing events. These meals are distributed to various food banks for distribution.

Number of children reached with a meal each school day

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

Volunteerism, Basic Needs Programs, Choice Food Pantries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Meals of Hope serves over 10,000 students through our backpack program. Weekend surplus meals are provided each Friday and contact 2 each breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Number of clients served

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

Volunteerism, Basic Needs Programs, Choice Food Pantries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Meals of Hope is the largest food pantry in SWFL serving over 3,000 individuals each week through our 14 locations.

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.

Our goal is to end hunger utilizing a hands on approach. Meals of Hope packages 5 different nutritious meals that are donated to local Feeding America food banks including Harry Chapin Food Bank. What's more, Meals of Hope identified a need for additional pantries in Collier County and now offers 13 pantries in areas of high food insecurity. Our target population is anyone in our community who is in need of food assistance.  Through our continued commitment to effective and innovative hunger relief, we feed an average of 1,000 families in Collier County each week.

Strategic Goals:To address the accessibility and availability of healthy food and necessities. To become an authoritative figure on the issue of hunger.To work collaboratively and share resources to meet the increasing demand for food and necessities. To improve organizational growth, stability, and effectiveness.

We are positioned well with our multi tiered approach to battling hunger combined with a dedicated Board of Directors and thousands of volunteers each year. By packing meals, serving others through our pantry services, and our additional "Basic Necessity" programs we are able to empower the community with the goal of ending hunger.

We have distributed over 57,000,000 meals in the past 12 years and annually over 2 million meals are distributed locally. Unfortunately, hunger is a silent epidemic and the need is still so great. We would like to double the number of mobile food pantries (4 to 8) by 2020 and to 12 by 2021 in areas of greatest need, but we cannot do this alone!

Financials

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Operations

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

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Meals of Hope

Board of directors
as of 6/17/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Rich Kirschner

Jacques Groenteman

Real Estate

Richard Kirschner

Minister

Adam Miller

Rabbi

Cindi Hewitt

Community Volunteer

Paul Thein

Community Health Partners

Mark Matos

HBKS Wealth

Kathy Schillreff

Retired

Kenneth Mundy

Woodward, Piers & Lombardo

Ashley Suarez

Zampogna Law

Freddy Mantilla

Private Bank

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? 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 06/17/2021

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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

No data

Gender identity

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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