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Golden Backpack Program DBA BGOLDN

aka BGOLDN   |   Golden, CO   |  http://bgoldn.org/

Mission

To increase food security in the Golden community through innovative partnerships and programs.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Kevin Andrezejewski

President

Sarah Adler

Main address

1301 Arapahoe St. #105

Golden, CO 80401 USA

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EIN

32-0447255

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We have 24% on free and reduced lunch in the Golden Colorado School's, with one school being at 70% free and reduced. The problem the Golden Backpack Program DBA BGOLDN is working to address is, the face of poverty is different in Golden Colorado than most places in the state or the country. Golden is one of the highest "cost of living" areas in the state of Colorado and it is hard for single families and blue collar workers to make ends meet. We are helping the children of these families by striving to feed them in a healthy and consistent manor.

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?

Weekend Sack Program

We feed children/youth who are on free and reduced lunch, or children/youth families who are struggling to help supplement their food supply for the weekend.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

We provide 5,000 to 10,000 pounds of fresh & edge food a week from local food purveyors to local families. Fruits, vegetables, dairy and proteins are the bulk of the food.

Population(s) Served
Families

We provide healthy snacks to local children in schools to supplement their nourishment and support their academic success.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth

Where we work

Awards

Community Impact Award 2022

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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 children served

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Weekend Sack Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These numbers are from our Weekend Sack Program during the school year. This is a weekly program and primarily recurring students/children that benefit. Note: Our Fresh Food Co-op opened in 2017.

Number of snacks served for students participating in programs

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Weekend Sack Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These numbers are from our Nourishing Success/WSP during the school year. This is a weekly program and primarily recurring students/children that benefit. Note: Our Fresh Food Pantr opened in 2017.

Number of meals served or provided

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Weekend Sack Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These numbers are from our Weekend Sack Program during the school year. This is a weekly program and primarily recurring students/children that benefit. Note: Our Fresh Food Co-op opened in 2017.

Number of volunteers

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers in all of our programs annually.

Number of clients served

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

Fresh Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Duplicate individuals served through our pantry

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.

The Golden Backpack Program DBA BGOLDN is aiming to abolish hunger for all children/youth in Golden Colorado. When a child/youth is hungry they are more likely to struggle in school, have behavioral issues and physical growth issues. We are not only helping the child/youth, and all effects that fall under being hungry, but we are also helping the teachers, parents, friends and family of the child/youth. A child/youth with a full tummy, is a positive impactful child/youth.

The Golden Backpack Program DBA BGOLDN's strategy is to give healthy options to the hungry children/youth and their families of Golden Colorado through our three programs. We offer our Nourishing Success/Healthy Snacks program in local schools to provide the needed nourishment to get through the day and better succeed in school. Our Fresh Food Pantry is open all year round to the families of the children/youth in need. We offer fresh produce and high quality proteins from support of local purveyors and larger food banks. We offer our Weekend Sack Program periodically during the school year, where we give meals and snacks to any child/youth in need through the school they attend. Lastly, we strive for innovative partnerships in our community to address the local needs. Working together is our goal.

Our capabilities for meeting our goals is from our community outreach program where we have multiple local businesses, schools, service organizations, faith community and individuals who partner with us. These groups help us with monetary donations, food donations and volunteering.

The Golden Backpack Program has accomplished a lot over the past 12 years. The program started with just the Weekend Sack Program in 2013. GBP saw a need for summer meals and started the Summer Lunch Program in 2008. GBP wanted to give a healthy option to kids/youth and families in need and started the Fresh Food Co Op (now Fresh Food Pantry) in 2016. We have given our children in need three options to partake in getting healthy nutritious food. We have given over 750,000 meals since we started. During the pandemic, we partnered with numerous local restaurants to provide meals to anyone in need while paying for the meals to support our neighbors in business that were struggling as well. This was an incredible program that met the needs of an incredible time for everyone.

What is next for the Golden Backpack Program DBA BGOLDN? We are currently looking at how we want to build on our current foundation, remain innovative in our approach, and expand our local partnerships to better meet the local needs of our community.

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 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 act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve

Financials

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Operations

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

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Golden Backpack Program DBA BGOLDN

Board of directors
as of 03/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Sarah Adler


Board co-chair

Wendy Johnson

Bethany Thomas

Calvary Church of Golden

Alison Stafford

Wendy Johnson

Melinda Cox

Nate Oatman

Sarah Adler

Brant Lahnert

Eric Peterson

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 10/7/2022

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
Decline to state
Gender identity
Male
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 05/15/2020

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 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.