Food in Need of Distribution, Inc.

FIND a Way to End Hunger

aka FIND Food Bank   |   Indio, CA   |  www.findfoodbank.org/donate

Mission

FIND (Food in Need of Distribution) Food Bank, Inc. is the only regional food bank in the Desert Region dedicated to mobilizing the resources of our community through education and awareness to relieve hunger, the causes of hunger and the problems associated with hunger.

Ruling year info

1983

President and CEO

Ms Deborah Espinosa

Main address

PO Box 10080

Indio, CA 92202 USA

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EIN

33-0006007

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Increase equitable access to healthy and culturally relevant food across over 5,000 square miles of FIND Food Bank's service area as the desert's regional food bank. Fill in the nutrition gaps for food desert and low-income areas because one in 5 residents face food insecurity in eastern Riverside and southern San Bernardino counties.

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?

Kid's Summer Club

Support for our kid's programs come from a variety of funding sources. Gifts from Individuals, Grants from Foundations, Workplace Giving Campaigns, and Corporate Sponsorship and Cause-Related Marketing are all sources from which we receive generous financial support. These funds used to carry out our mission of feeding hungry people in the Coachella Valley.

Population(s) Served
Non-adult children

FIND is the regional food bank for the Eastern Riverside & Southern San Bernardino Counties including the greater Coachella Valley. FIND provides food assistance in part through our network of 100+ partner agency locations that represent food pantries, soup kitchens, after-school and summer programs, senior centers, area homeless shelters and others to support the 85,000 food insecure adults, children and seniors in the Coachella Valley.

Population(s) Served
Adults

FIND’s Outreach and Case Management Department works to connect clients to safety-net programs and resources; including CalFresh/SNAP, rental/utility assistance, pharmacy discount RX cards, counseling resources and transportation assistance which encourage household stability, reduce food-insecurity, and raise the quality of life.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Mobile Pantry distribution was created to support areas of the under served communities throughout the Coachella Valley. This program provides fresh fruits and vegetables to children, families and seniors in schools, religious organizations, housing developments & community centers

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Children and youth

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.

Pounds of fresh produce distributed per year

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

Age groups, Ethnic and racial groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

FIND's goal is to end hunger today, tomorrow, and for a lifetime. Ultimately, we aim to give our clients the tools to reach self-sufficiency. Today, FIND feeds an average of 150,000 individuals, families, children, seniors, and veterans each month. Our 150 distribution sites include over 80 community agency partnerships (soup kitchens, religious organizations, local nonprofits) and 44 community mobile markets that serve food deserts and low-income areas. FIND's two distribution centers strategically located in the Hi-Desert and Coachella Valley help achieve their mission and vision of equitable food distribution for all. To end hunger for tomorrow, FIND offers outreach services that connect residents to benefits programs that improve financial security. FIND works to end hunger for a lifetime by identifying the root causes of hunger to break cycles of food insecurity and ensure self-sufficiency.

As the largest hunger-relief and food rescue organization in the desert region, FIND works to eliminate food waste by rescuing fresh produce, non-perishable goods, and any other food items before they are discarded by major distributors, grocery stores, local growers, and individuals. Our goal every year is to ensure that 50% of our total poundage of food distributed is fresh produce because this improves the mental, physical, emotional, health, and socioeconomic outcomes of those facing food insecurity which helps break cycles of poverty. FIND prioritizes addressing the social determinants of food insecurity by improving access to private and public benefits to increase financial security to support the progression to self-sufficiency. Diving deeper into the root causes of hunger through nationwide and localized research provides strategies to shorten food lines and ultimately end hunger for a lifetime.

To end hunger for today:
FIND is a healthy food bank, meaning we ensure that 40-50% of our food distributions are fresh produce. To help over 88 community agency partners serve their individual clients and community, FIND provides the food to over 88 community agency partners to help these organizations better serve their client's individual needs to help them break the cycles of poverty. We distribute food directly in communities without access to healthy, affordable food within 3 miles through our 44 drive-thru community mobile markets. Their strategic locations across the desert region allow us to provide hunger relief specifically for children and seniors. We provide direct distributions with specific strategies to overcome barriers to reaching underserved populations such as migrant farmworkers in the eastern Coachella Valley and immunocompromised or homebound clients by delivering fresh groceries directly to their doorstep.
The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) - The emergency food assistance program
is the federal USDA food commodities program administered through the State of California.
As a contractor to the state of California for this program, FIND utilizes 19 of its agency partners' networks and its 44 community mobile markets to ensure the equitable distribution of these food items to the community. TEFAP accounts for approximately 40% of FIND's food supply.
Disaster Food Distribution - FIND is the Coachella Valley Desert's Regional Food Bank
recognized by both the state and county as the main supplier of disaster food distribution to
the community.
To End Hunger for Tomorrow:
CalFresh Outreach - A client outreach program that provides education, application, and enrollment support
for clients to access USDA CalFresh benefits to purchase food at local grocery stores. During
the year ended June 30, 2020, FIND enrolled 2,573 clients in this program.
Community Health Workers (CHW) - FIND's CHW program is designed to help clients access
other support services that can help provide monetary support in other areas such as rental and
utility assistance, MediCal insurance, job training, and placement services, freeing up
resources to help them purchase food independently.
To End Hunger for a Lifetime:
This suite of programs is designed to support clients' access to food through other programs besides direct food distributions. The purpose of these programs is to support the clients increased self-sufficiency in accessing food to help them thrive.
Advocacy - FIND advocacy serves an important role in informing stakeholders about the
importance of partnership between public and private efforts to address hunger.
Community Nutrition Education - FIND provides nutrition, food safety, and food handling
training and support materials for clients and partner agencies to ensure a lifelong
understanding that through health, individuals have a better ability to achieve long term self-sufficiency

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.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Founded in 1983, FIND Food Bank is the Desert’s Regional Food Bank serving over 5,000 square miles, including eastern Riverside and southern San Bernardino Counties, from the Hi-Desert and Joshua Tree across the Coachella Valley to Anza, down to the Salton Sea and the border of CA and AZ. FIND is the largest hunger-relief and food rescue organization in the region serving 150,000 families, seniors, veterans, children, and individuals on average each month. There are no eligibility requirements to pick up food from our community mobile markets and no ID is required. FIND serves specifically low-income areas, and food deserts to ensure equitable food distribution and create healthy communities free of hunger.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Case management notes, Suggestion box/email, Social Media,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    FIND distributes diapers to families in need at our 44 community mobile market food distributions. These diapers supplement parent's income to help them pay their other bills such as rent, medicines, childcare, food, etc. As the diaper supply dwindled, FIND's social media channels received several messages from clients asking where diapers will be distributed next. Since diaper shipments aren't consistent, the Operations department and Community Impact team are working together to equitably allocate diapers to the three largest food distribution sites serving different populations within FIND's 5,000 square mile service area. It will be publicized on the news and social media beforehand to ensure that every client has the equal opportunity to pick up diapers.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    FIND's entire mission is to end hunger for every person in the Coachella Valley Desert Region and alleviate financial stress for everyone who needs help making ends meet. We listen to our clients to help us appropriately allocate resources; we implement client feedback by adjusting the food items distributed to specific communities to be more culturally appropriate and healthy according to the population demographics. Within the last two years, our service numbers have remained 60% higher than in 2019 because more community members know that FIND is a trustworthy resource available to them.

  • 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 the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection,

Financials

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Food in Need of Distribution, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 10/4/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Mr George Batavick

Retired Corporate Executive

Term: 2017 - 2021


Board co-chair

Ms Lena Wade

Slovak Baron and Empey LLP

Term: 2016 - 2021

Deborah McGarrey

Sothern Calif. Gas Co

Brian Robin

Retired Executive

Gary Rice

Nestle' Waters North America

Erin Gilhuly

CV Strategies

Keith Flagler

Retired Corporate Executive

Paul MacKey

Retired Lawyer

Troy Strange

Desert Recreation District

Ellen Way

Agriculture Executive

Deborah McGarrey

Sothern Calif. Gas Co

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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