Food Gatherers

Fighting hunger where we live

aka Food Gatherers   |   Ann Arbor, MI   |  http://www.foodgatherers.org

Mission

Food Gatherers' mission is to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in the Washtenaw County community by: reducing food waste through the rescue and distribution of perishable and non-perishable food, coordinating with other hunger relief providers, and educating the public about hunger and developing new food resources. Food Gatherers also manages and operates a direct service Community Kitchen located in the Delonis Center in downtown Ann Arbor, a Job Training Program in the food service industry to young people at risk of homelessness, and several other community food programs.

Ruling year info

1989

President/CEO

Ms. Eileen Spring

Main address

PO Box 131037

Ann Arbor, MI 48113 USA

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EIN

38-2853858

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

Food Gatherers exists to alleviate hunger and eliminate its causes in 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?

Food Rescue and Food Bank Program

Food Gatherers is the food rescue program and food bank serving Washtenaw County. Six days a week, we collect perishable food from local retail businesses; bring it back to our warehouse to be sorted, combined with food donations from individuals and food drives, and re-packaged; and distribute it out to our 170 partner programs and agencies that serve food. As the food bank, we also have the capacity to store hundreds of pallets of non-perishable foods, as well as cooler and freezer space to store items such as produce, meat, and dairy.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The mission of Food Gatherers' Community Kitchen is to engage and nourish our entire community. Located in the Robert J. Delonis Center, Food Gatherers provides direct service in the form of free, daily meals to those in need in our community. With the support of more than 1,500 volunteers, three meals a day are prepared and served Monday through Friday and two meals on Saturday and Sunday.  On any given day, breakfast is served to an average of 50 individuals; lunch to 100; and dinner to 100 to 150 individuals. Guests receive hot, wholesome meals in one central location. Staff and volunteers serve more than 65,000 meals to people in need each year.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) is a USDA Program created to fill the gap in the summer months when extremely low-income children do not have access to free or reduced-price meals through the schools. Children at most of the SFSP sites receive classes in nutrition education designed and taught by Food Gatherers’ interns from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. Food Gatherers also offers additional programs including produce box distributions, family fun nights, and supplemental fruit.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Families

Food Gatherers’ Healthy School Pantry Program is designed to provide free, wholesome food, mainly produce, to families of students enrolled in Washtenaw County schools where a majority of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals. This program provides food, healthy recipes, and nutrition education in a fun and engaging way to improve the health of children in our community.

Population(s) Served
Families

Food Gatherers commits to increase the quantity and quality of food available for people in need. 60% of the food we distribute is produce or protein. We source many of this healthy food through our agricultural initiatives:

1. Faith & Food Initiative: A coordinated campaign to encourage congregations to start a garden or continue/expand an existing garden. Each faith garden is asked to devote at least 50% of their yield to Food Gatherers; the remainder may also be donated, shared, or sold among the congregation.

2. Plant a Row: A program that encourages community gardeners to "plant a row” in their garden for produce that will be donated to Food Gatherers. More than 200,000 pounds have been donated.

3. Edible Avalon: A partnership with Avalon Housing to create and support on-site gardens for Avalon Housing residents. More than 3,000 pounds are donated each year.

4. Women's Huron Valley Correctional Facility Horticulture Program: A talented and hardworking instructor, Ellen Baron, teaches an intensive program in horticulture at the prison. Each woman in the program gets her own garden bed or raised bed for those with mobility issues. The women can eat the fruit of their labor but the majority of the fresh produce is donated to Food Gatherers. More than 80,000 pounds have been donated.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Accreditations

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Awards

Four Star Charity 2009

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Four Star Charity 2008

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“I Have a Dream Award” 2004

Martin Luther King, Jr

Best Managed Nonprofit Award, for excellence in management, 1996

Nonprofit Enterprise at Work (NEW) Excellence Awards

Four Star Charity 2010

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Four Star Charity 2005

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Four Star Charity 2006

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Four Star Charity 2007

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Four Star Charity 2011

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Four Star Charity 2012

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Four Star Charity 2013

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Four Star Charity 2014

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Four Star Charity 2015

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Four Star Charity 2016

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Four Star Charity 2017

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Environmental Excellence Award 2018

Washtenaw County

Four Star Charity 2018

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Four Star Charity 2019

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Four Star Charity 2020

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External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

Affiliations & memberships

United Way Member Agency 1995

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

Food Rescue and Food Bank Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of health outcomes improved

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

Children and youth, Families, Parents

Related Program

Healthy School Pantry Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

70% of families surveyed reported that they eat more fresh fruits and vegetables because of this program.

Number of overall donors

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Food Gatherers receives support from more than 6,000 donors in the private sector, and 60% of this funding is from individuals.

Number of first-time donors

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

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of food donation partners

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of food rescued

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

Food Rescue and Food Bank Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of food distributed

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

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

18.7% increase from FY19 to FY20 32.2% protein: 2,540,050 lb 29.1% produce: 2,296,337 lb Met annual goal of at least 60% fresh produce and protein items

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.

Food Gatherers commits to strategic goals in order to advance food security in our community. Here are the four strategic priorities of our strategic plan (2016-2025):

1. Meet the Need: We improve access to nutritious food for all food insecure individuals in Washtenaw County. We secure and use reliable information to target our resources for more impact in areas of unmet need.

2. Engage the Community: We help people learn about hunger and its solutions; we make it easy for anyone to be involved in fighting hunger in our community.

3. Steward Resources: We generate, secure and manage resources effectively to meet the food security and nutrition needs of our community.

4. Foster Mission-Driven Teams: We build and use the knowledge, skills and commitment of people within our food bank team. The food bank team includes staff, board, volunteers, partner programs and our network.

1. Meet the Need
- Ensure that people in need have increased access to quality, nutritious food.
- Lead partners to ensure that the food assistance “safety net" is well supported for all in need.
- Establish a progressive, effective service(s) for an underserved area or population.

2. Engage the Community
- Ensure that our community is aware of the reality of hunger and the transformational impact of Food Gatherers.
- Lead a powerful network that inspires individuals, organizations, and community leaders to take action in the fight against hunger.
- Develop and maintain strategic partnerships to help identify and serve people in need.

3. Steward Resources
- Radically increase support from individuals, private, and public partners in the fight against hunger and its root causes.
- Maximize community impact through well-informed, strategic management of resources.

4. Foster Mission-Driven Teams
- Be a nationally recognized model for an engaged and highly effective organization and network.

According to Feeding America's "Hunger in America 2014" study, an estimated 44,500 people in Washtenaw County turn to food pantries and meal service programs supplied by Food Gatherers. To accomplish our mission, Food Gatherers employs 30 staff members and engages more than 6,000 volunteers annually. Food Gatherers is a member of Feeding America, the national network of food banks, and the Food Bank Council of Michigan, the organization committed to the alleviation of hunger in our state.

Food Gatherers consistently receives high ratings for our commitment to sound fiscal management, accountability and transparency. 95% of our budget goes directly to support hunger relief efforts and only 5% to administration and fundraising (2017 audit).

As the lead agency for hunger relief in Washtenaw County, we are most proud of the work that has been completed toward the strategic priorities identified in our previous Food Security Plan. Here are a few of our accomplishments:
--In Fiscal Year 2020, we distributed 7.8 million pounds of food, 60% of which was produce or protein.
--In 2008, only 20% of our emergency food pantries offered fresh produce. Now 60% of our emergency food pantries provide fresh produce to those seeking assistance.
--From 2009-2013, Food Gatherers procured 330,504 pounds of produce from agricultural initiatives and partnerships such as: Food Gatherers Gathering Farm, Faith and Food, Plant a Row for the Hungry, and Edible Avalon.
--Since 2009, we've distributed more than $1 million in capacity-building, operating grants and food credits to our network of partner programs so they can order items from our food bank inventory, including meat, dairy items, and produce.
--We've provided customized food safety training and civil rights training to all our agencies.
--With funding from the Food Bank Council of Michigan and the United Way, we've trained 25 partner agencies to help eligible people apply for the Food Assistance Program (food stamps/SNAP) online. In 2013, individuals received $575,000 in benefits that were spent (reinvested) in our community.
--New monthly produce distributions during the school year get more fresh healthy food to eligible families in need at Ann Arbor Preschool, Beatty Early Learning, Brick Elementary School, Estabrook Elementary School, and Adams STEM Elementary School.
--Since 2010, our partners have helped more than 700 households apply for Food Assistance Program (food stamps/SNAP). In 2013, $573,000 in benefits were received and spent in our community as a direct result of these efforts.
--In partnership with Washtenaw Coordinated Funders, Food Gatherers and Washtenaw Health Plan planned and convened safety net health and hunger agencies throughout the year to develop and continually refine measurable community-level outcomes representing the highest priority focus areas within hunger relief and nutrition.
--Food Gatherers joined forces with Feeding America and the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) to inform our constituents of cuts to SNAP and TEFAP as part of the 2014 Farm Bill. We strongly opposed the bill, signed a national petition and encouraged our supporters to contact their local representatives.

Financials

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Food Gatherers

Board of directors
as of 7/9/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Simon Whitelocke

Vice President, ITC Holdings Corp.

Term: 2021 -

Eileen Spring

Food Gatherers President and CEO

Karen Peterson

Professor & Director, U of M Nutrition Program, University of Michigan School of Public Health

Richard Soble

Attorney, Soble Rowe Krichbaum LLP

Jim Lewis

Vice President, NSF International

Terry McParlane

Business Manager, UPS

Fran Petonic

Vice President, Development, St. Joseph Mercy Health System

Felicia Brabec, Psy.D, MSW

Washtenaw County Commissioner Psychologist/Social Worker

Frank Carollo

Managing Partner, Zingerman's Bakehouse

Mary Kerr

President, Ann Arbor Area Convention and Visitors Bureau

Simon Whitelocke

Vice President, ITC Holdings Corporation

David Rhoades

Senior Director of Global Category Marketing, Dawn Foods

Jim Lee

Vice President, Altarum Institute

Kharena Keith

Coordinator of Wellness and Community Partnerships, Ypsilanti Public Schools

Mark Lee

Brand & Integrated Marketing Communications Executive, The Lee Group

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 01/12/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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