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Helena Food Share, Inc

Creating a hunger-free community

Helena, MT   |  www.helenafoodshare.org

Mission

We serve our neighbors in need by providing food in a respectful and dignified way and by working with others to eliminate hunger in the greater Helena area.

Ruling year info

1987

Executive Director

Bruce Day

Main address

PO Box 943

Helena, MT 59624 USA

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EIN

36-3507623

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Helena Food Share is working to eliminate hunger in the greater Helena area by providing food to those in need through a variety of programs that meet the needs of our community.

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?

Grocery Share

Food assistance for our neighbors in need.
Full Shop provides customer access to all pantry food items one time per month, giving a three-day supply of food based on family size. Half Shop allows additional weekly access to perishable food items only.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

A special pack of kid-friendly foods that provides a source of weekend nutrition during the school year for kids at risk of hunger.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

As an extra for the holidays, individuals and families receive a turkey and sides so they can serve a traditional holiday meal.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Provides a staple of nutritious USDA supplied food items for low-income adults age 60 and older, and intended to supplement other food sources over a two-month period.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

Provides low-income adults age 60 and older a $48 supply of coupons to shop at the local Farmer's Market, allowing them to enhance their food resources with fresh, locally grown vegetables and fruit.

Population(s) Served
Seniors
Economically disadvantaged people

A special pack of high-calorie snacks that provides immediate nutrition for individuals with an immediate food need. These packs are provided to area emergency and social service providers who encounter people in need of food in an emergency situation.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

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.

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Grocery Share

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to meet the need for food assistance in the Helena area. Success is not indicated by a rise or fall in numbers. Rather the numbers reflect the need and our ability to meet that need.

Total pounds of food rescued

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

Grocery Share

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

By rescuing food that can't be sold from local grocery stores, we keep it from going to the landfill and instead, get it into the hands of those in our community in need of food and nutrition.

Number of children receiving a weekend meal pack each week

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Kid Packs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

These numbers reflect the average number of packs we distribute to local preschool, Headstart, and elementary students at risk of weekend hunger when they don't have access to school meals.

Number of Kid's weekend meal packs distributed

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Kid Packs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to meet the need for food assistance in the Helena area. Success is not indicated by a rise or fall in numbers. Rather, the numbers reflect the need and our ability to meet that need.

Number of individuals receiving Emergency Snack Packs

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Emergency Food Packs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

Our goal is to meet the need for food assistance in the Helena area. Success is not indicated by a rise or fall in numbers. Rather the numbers reflect the need and our ability to meet that need.

Number of food assistance services provided

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

This number reflects the total number of food assistance services provided across all of our programs. Further, it illustrates the need in our community and our ability to meet that need.

Number of Holiday Meals distributed

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

Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Holiday Meal Share

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to meet the need for food assistance in the Helena area. Success is not indicated by a rise or fall in numbers. Rather, the numbers reflect the need and our ability to meet that need.

Number of Commodity Boxes distributed

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

Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Commodity Boxes

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Our goal is to meet the need for food assistance in the Helena area. Success is not indicated by a rise or fall in numbers. Rather, the numbers reflect the need and our ability to meet that need.

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.

To ensure that all of our neighbors - children, adults, and seniors - have access to nutritious food.

We work to create a hunger-free community in three strategic ways. First, by providing emergency food assistance to all who need it. Second, by providing strategic programming around certain issues related to hunger such as childhood hunger, senior hunger, and increased access to nutritional foods for under-served members of our community. Third, by educating and empowering our customers about nutrition and food preparation. We continually assess and respond to changing community needs. This is only possible because of strong relationships with community partners who share a common goal and vision of eliminating poverty and hunger through their similar causes.

Helena Food Share's capabilities to carry out these strategic goals include well-established programs and procedures, a diverse, professional, and highly invested board of directors, and the fund development necessary to support ongoing, year-to-year efforts. Helena Food Share has been in operation since 1987 and operates a variety of food distribution programs. Fighting hunger for over 35 years, our procedures for carrying out these programs are established, efficient and smooth; however, we continuously work on perfecting and enhancing them as community needs evolve. Helena Food Share's board of directors and its committees meet regularly to assess the direction and ensure the organization's success. Comprised of 17 members, our board is highly effective and involved. They provide leadership and guidance in all areas of operations. Helena Food Share has been raising funds necessary to carry out its endeavors for over 30 years. This experience has put forth a well-researched and thought-out fund development plan that continues to meet the agency's needs. This provides Helena Food Share with the resources necessary to carry out its day-to-day tasks and plan for the future, anticipate the community's needs, and put forth innovative solutions to hunger. Annually, Helena Food Share provides emergency food assistance to more than 8,300 individuals, distributes more than 42,000 Kid Packs to children at risk of hunger, distributes more than 1,400 commodity food boxes to low-income seniors, and so much more. While the stories and people behind these figures illustrate the impact we have on individual lives, these numbers demonstrate our capability to fulfill our mission and meet our community's needs.

We currently affect the lives of over 8,300 individuals annually, giving them hope, dignity, and the food needed to make it through the day. We are proud of the quality and volume of service Helena Food Share offers for our community, yet we understand plenty of work remains to be done. To date, we continue to be able to say "yes" to every individual and family who comes to us for assistance. We are proud and grateful that we have never had to turn anyone in need of our help away. We continue to serve every elementary student that is identified as needing our help with food on the weekend. We are proud to say that we have successfully distributed a record amount of fresh, healthy produce to our customers. Further, we have successfully provided new, nutrient-rich foods through our pantry, and through education, our customers have learned to cook with these healthy foods. Despite these successes, we know others in our community are in need. We will continue working to remove barriers like transportation, mobility, and operating hours that keep those in need from utilizing our services. We have implemented a mobile pantry. And plan to provide a commercial kitchen where we can offer more cooking classes and prepare ready-to-eat foods for our customers who don't have cooking facilities. While we support and partner with other agencies addressing the root causes of hunger, there is much to be accomplished in proactively addressing hunger. Our greatest success and achievement will be the day Helena Food Share can close its doors because there is not one empty belly left in our community. We will continue to perfect our strategies, tactics, and programs until our mission of eliminating hunger in Helena has been accomplished.

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

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, 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 engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • 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

Financials

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Operations

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

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Helena Food Share, Inc

Board of directors
as of 02/08/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Fawcett

Stockman Bank

Term: 2023 - 2025

Andrea Groom

St. Peter's Health

Jon Satre

Retired, Gordon Prill, Inc

Sara Groves

Intrepid Credit Union

Candace Cain

Retired, Carroll College

Steve Fawcett

Stockman Bank

Trish Klock

Hawthorne Elementary School

Dan McCauley

Great West Engineering

Christopher Cordingley

Civitas Public Affairs Group

Brett Clark

Crowley Fleck Law Firm

Alyssa Sorensen

Montana Legislative Branch

Brenda Carney

Jeremy Bullock Memorial Trust

Thomas McArdle

PayneWest Insurance

Georgia Cummings

Upstream Academy

Sarah Norcott

NorthWestern Energy Regulatory Corporate Counsel

Adrian Sagan

Confluence Counseling Licensed Clinical Social Worker

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 2/23/2023

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:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data