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Compassionate Actions Project D/B/A Kind Veg

Vegan Food Pantry

aka Kind Veg   |   ERIE, PA   |  https://www.kindveg.org

Mission

We work with social service agencies to get nutritious plant foods for people living in poverty. The foods we offer to each agency are thoughtfully selected for their clients needs. We work with agency staff to set up times for food distribution.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are a growing organization helping those who are financially disadvantaged get healthy foods for their families. Our food programs provide food to agencies once each month. Our Founding Director, Katherine Green became an Ordained Minister in 2009. Compassionate Actions Project D/B/A Kind Veg incorporated April 27, 2010. Katherine's mission is to help others get nutritious food foods for their families and help make the world a kinder place to live in. We are volunteers working to help others. We depend on grants and donations. All donations are greatly appreciated! A donation of $100.00 will help us purchase enough rice, lentils or split peas, potatoes, onions, garlic and carrots to feed 20 families.

Ruling year info

2010

Founding Director

CEO Katherine M Green Her/She

Main address

1401 State St No 1523

ERIE, PA 16512 USA

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Formerly known as

Compassionate Actions Project

EIN

27-2627420

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Single Organization Support (E11)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-N.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

THE ISSUE OUR ORGANIZATION DIRECTLY ADDRESSES IS HUNGER. COMPASSIONATE ACTIONS PROJECT D/B/A KIND VEG. WE WORK WITH SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES TO GET HEALTHY PLANT FOODS FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN POVERTY. THE FOODS WE OFFER EACH AGENCY ARE SELECTED FOR THEIR CLIENTS NEEDS. AS A VEGAN ORGANIZATION WE ALSO HELP THE ENVIRONMENT AND DECREASE THE SUFFERING OF ANIMALS USED IN TODAY'S FOOD INDUSTRY. THE NUTRITIOUS FOOD WE OFFER IS VEGAN AND ALWAYS FREE. MANY LOCAL AND NATIONAL FOOD PANTRIES FREQUENTLY OFFER UNHEALTHY FOODS TO THE POOR. IN CONTRAST, OUR PANTRY ALWAYS TRIES TO OFFER HEALTHY PLANT FOODS THAT PROTECT PEOPLES HEALTH! THE POOR INCREASE THEIR CHANCES OF BECOMING UNHEALTHY WHEN THEY CONSUME FOODS THAT ARE UNHEALTHY! KIND VEG OFFERS NO ANIMAL PRODUCTS, AS THESE TYPES OF FOOD CONTAIN CHLORESTOL AND SATURATED FAT.

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?

Kind Veg Food Programs

We offer healthy vegan food to people living in poverty. We do this each month by working with social service agencies in our community. Kind Veg Food Programs: International Institute of Erie (IIE): This organization helps resettle refugees in Erie. We provide dried legumes like lentils, split peas, rice and fresh vegetables and fruit for the daycare. Mental Health Association: We offer the day center fresh fruits, vegetables, and bread. Veterans Administration (VA): Through thee VA’s food insecurity program, social workers identify vets and their families who are in need of food. We offer supplemental foods for the VA’s food kits, such as pasta, sauce, canned beans and vegetables, rice, oatmeal. We take fresh produce, bread and meat alternatives to shelters: Liberty House is a homeless shelter for veterans and physically disabled men. The Refuge is a homeless shelter for families. Our programs are a labor of love for people, help slow global warming and we help save animals!


Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

2,500 Grant 2021

A Well Fed World

Affiliations & memberships

America's Best Local Charities 2023

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 people accessing aids or adaptations as a percentage of the number of people receiving a service from the Occupational Therapy service

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

Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants, Victims and oppressed people

Related Program

Kind Veg Food Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We help individuals and families with children. The numbers are approximately how many people we have provided food for. Each year we see an increase in people we serve.

Number of independent organizations served

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

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Kind Veg Food Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Each month we work with social service agencies to get healthy plant foods for people. We had to stop the Cleveland, Ohio food program, because our volunteer there could not continue volunteering.

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Age groups

Related Program

Kind Veg Food Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The number of people we help has increased from previous years.It is likely we under estimated how many we served in previous years.We depend on social service agencies to give us numbers we serve.

Number of food donation partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

GOALS
SHORT TERM GOALS (6 MONTHS – 2 YEARS)
• WE WANT TO START MORE MONTHLY FOOD PROGRAMS IN OUR COMMUNITY
• FIND LOCAL FOOD COMPANIES THAT WILL WORK WITH US AND ALLOW US TO ORDER FOOD FROM THEM (CURRENTLY WE ARE NOT HEARING BACK FROM THEM THROUGH PHONE CALLS AND EMAIL).
• FIND MORE VOLUNTEERS
• HAVE AT LEAST ONE FOOD DRIVE IN OUR COMMUNITY EACH MONTH
• REACH OUT TO MORE LOCAL FARMERS AND ASK FOR DONATIONS OF FOOD.
• CREATE A MORE VISIBLE SOCIAL MEDIA PRESENCE.

LONG TERM GOALS: (2 YEARS – 5 YEARS)
•GET FUNDING TO PURCHASE A NEW OR USED TRUCK TO DELIVER FOOD TO AGENCIES
•HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO FINANCIALLY START EVEN MORE KIND VEG FOOD PROGRAMS IN ERIE AND NEARBY COMMUNITIES
• FIND A GARDENER AND PAY HIM OR HER TO PLANT AND MAINTAIN SUMMER GARDENS
• FIND SOMEONE TO HIRE AND PAY AS A KIND VEG VEGAN EDUCATOR

LONG TERM GOALS: (5 - 10 YEARS)
• HAVE THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO REALLY EXPAND AND CREATE A NETWORK OF KIND VEG FOOD PROGRAMS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED STATES!
• FIND FARMERS WHO CAN GROW PRODUCE FOR KIND VEG AND ALLOW US TO PAY THEM!
• PAY FOR A WAREHOUSE TO STORE LARGER QUANTIES OF NON-PERISHABLE HEALTHY FOOD!

STRATEGIES:

1. NETWORK MORE IN PERSON AND THROUGH SOCIAL MEDIA TO REACH A LARGER AUDIENCE.

2. CONTINUTE CONTACTING LOCAL FOOD COMPANIES AND REQUEST THE OPPORTUNITY TO PLACE ORDERS FOR FOOD WITH THEM. WE ARE NOT ASKING FOR FREE FOOD.

3. FIND MORE GRANT FUNDING THAT WILL SUPPORT OUR VEGAN FOOD PROGRAMS

4. HAVE THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO PAY SOMEONE TO HELP US WRITE FOR MORE GRANTS.

5. HAVE THE FINANCIAL RESOURCES TO PAY SOMEONE TO MANAGE OUR SOCIAL MEDIA PLATFORMS AND ALSO HELP US WITH FUNDRAISING.

6. WE ARE AVAILABLE TO OFFER FREE LECTURES ON HEALTHY EATING AND FREE COOKING CLASSES. WE ALSO LECTURE ON THE ENVIRONMENT AND WE HAVE A KINDNESS TOWARDS ANIMALS LECTURE.

7. CREATE MORE VIDEOS SHOWING THE GOOD WORK WE DO!

CAPABILITIES:

• KIND VEG HAS BEEN HELPING THE POOR OBTAIN NOURSHING FOODS SINCE 2010!

• WE ARE PROFESSIONAL, RESPONSIBLE, AND FRIENDLY WHEN DEALING WITH ALL BUSINESSES, SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES AND THEIR CLIENTS THAT WE SERVE.

• WE HAVE WONDERFUL SUPER VOLUNTEERS THAT BELEIVE IN OUR MISSION! OUR TWO VOLUNTEERS KINDLY HELPS US WITH TECHNOLGY RELATED SERVICES. ANOTHER VOLUNTEER IS A CPA AND MANAGES OUR FINANCIAL INFORMATION. WE HAVE KIND VOLUNTEERS INCLUDING HANDICAPPED PEOPLE WHO WE GREATLY VALUE.

• OUR MISSION IS SUSTAINABLE - WE WORK WITH AND STAY IN CONTACT EACH MONTH WITH ALL THE AGENCIES WE SERVE. WE OFFER HEALTHY FOOD EVERY MONTH TO EACH AGENCY.

• WE HAVE EARNED A GOOD REPUTATION WITHIN OUR COMMUNITY.

• WE RESPECT PEOPLE, REGARDLESS OF THEIR RACE, RELIGION, POLITICAL AFFILIATION OR SEXUAL ORIENTATION.

• OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS ARE HERE FOR US WHEN WE NEED TO TALK!

• WE HAVE AGENCY AGREEMENT FORMS FOR VARIOUS REASONS TO PROTECT OUR ORGANIZATION:
PHOTO RELEASE FORM
AGENCY AGREEMENT FORM
VOLUNTEER FORM

• PART OF OUR KIND VEG OUTREACH IS OFFERING THE PUBLIC VEGAN GATHERINGS EACH MONTH THROUGH THE ERIE VEGAN SPIRITUALITY FACEBOOK GROUP.

• WE MAKE VEGAN EDUCATIONAL MATERIALS AVAILABLE TO AGENCIES WE SERVE AND THEIR CLIENTS AND THE GENERAL PUBLIC. WE ENCOURAGE PEOPLE TO ADOPT A HEALTHY VEGAN DIET.


• WE UNDERSTAND AND ACCEPT THAT THE PEOPLE WE SERVE ARE FREQUENTLY NOT VEGETARIAN.

PROGRESS

IN THE BEGINNING, WE REACHED OUT TO SEVERAL CHURCHES ASKING IF ANY OF THEIR MEMBERS WERE IN NEED OF NUTRITIOUS FOODS. WE STARTED OUT BY OFFERING SOUP VEGETABLES, LENTILS AND SPLIT PEAS TO THE ERIE CITY OUTREACH CENTER LOCATED IN A METHODIST CHURCH. WE DID THIS EVERY MONTH FOR AROUND NINE MONTHS. THE METHODIST CHURCH WAS EVENTUALLY SOLD AND WE HAD TO END OUR FOOD PROGRAM THERE. IT WAS NOT LONG AFTER THAT WE WERE ASKED TO START A SMALL FOOD PANTRY AT THE MENTAL HEALTH ASSOCIATION. WE WERE OPEN EVERY MONTH FOR FOUR YEARS. WE SERVED APPROXIMATELY 60 PEOPLE EACH MONTH. AS WE BECAME MORE KNOWN IN OUR COMMUNITY, SOCIAL SERVICE AGENCIES STARTED CONTACTING US, ASKING IF WE COULD PROVIDE FOODS TO THEIR CLIENTS IN NEED OF HEALTHY FOOD. CURRENTLY WE HAVE SIX FOOD OUTREACH PROGRAMS RUNNING EACH MONTH. WE ARE NOW COMMITTED TO SERVING APPROXIMATELY 250 PEOPLE EACH MONTH.
WE STAY IN CONTACT WITH OUR BOARD OF DIRECTORS THROUGHOUT THE YEAR.

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 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 take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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

  • 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

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Compassionate Actions Project D/B/A Kind Veg

Board of directors
as of 02/19/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

R. David Green

Jessica Carlson

Claire Holzner

Pamela Hime

David Green

Zia Terhune

Joshua Awesome

Katherine Green

Laurie Craig

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • 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? 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 1/27/2023

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 with a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

We do not display disability information for organizations with fewer than 15 staff.

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/11/2023

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 review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.