Feed My People

Providing long-term and emergency assistance to all those in need

Saint Louis, MO   |  http://www.feed-my-people.org

Mission

Feed My People works to alleviate the effects of poverty in the St. Louis area while also providing resources to help those in need lead independent and sustainable lives. We serve without regard to religion or ethnicity. A significant number of those we serve are our most vulnerable: infants, children, immigrants, veterans, the elderly, and the disabled. Feed My People's two food pantries are located in underserved areas for those living at or below Federal poverty guidelines.

Ruling year info

1982

Site Manager, South County and Co-Executive Director

Mr. Ted West

Site Manager, High Ridge, and Co-Executive Director

Ms. Mary Hettenhausen

Main address

171 Kingston Drive

Saint Louis, MO 63125 USA

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EIN

43-1264877

NTEE code info

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Thrift Shops (P29)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Jefferson County and south St. Louis County, where our two Food Pantries/Help Centers are located, are traditionally underserved areas in Missouri. In 2016, approximately 15% of individuals in these counties were considered to be living in poverty (2016 State of the State Poverty in Missouri). The Human Services organizations in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area are heavily clustered within St. Louis City and the northern part of St. Louis County. Feed My People is the only Food Pantry and Help Center in Jefferson County and south St. Louis County able to provide consistent and reliable distribution hours for food, clothing, and personal care items, as well as for multiple referral services. Many of our clients are unaware of the support services available to them, or, if they are, the services are fragmented. In addition, transportation, health, and/or cognitive issues often impede their ability to identify and receive the assistance they need.

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 Pantry

Annually, Feed My People receives over $5 million in donated food, clothing and personal care items. In our pantries, we offer food from grocery stores, bakeries, catering companies, nation-wide food manufacturers and growers, shelf-stable products, and canned goods. Our most significant collaborative partners are the St. Louis Area Foodbank (a member of Feeding America), Operation Food Search, and Share the Harvest, which provides venison as a source of red meat. However, this is still not sufficient for all those seeking assistance from Feed My People. Clothing, personal care items and school supplies cannot be purchased with food stamps, and we must buy additional items as needed. We are always in need of non-perishable foods (pastas, canned goods, boxed goods) and personal care items (shampoo, soap, diapers, household cleaning supplies, toothpaste, tooth brushes, etc.).

Population(s) Served

Our Thrift Stores (The Thrifty Hanger) started as a client program, but are open to the general public. All the items for sale in both stores are from generous donors; this allows us to price our items so as to be affordable to everyone (and still provide a source of revenue for our programs).
* We sell clothing, shoes, household items, small electronics, books, and holiday décor. New items are put out daily. Higher-end collectibles, housewares, and even wedding gowns can be found in the "Yesterday's Treasures" section of the stores (but still VERY reasonably priced!). Gift certificates are always available.
* For those clients who qualify, we provide discount cards or vouchers to help with everyday essentials, warm clothing in the winter, or appropriate clothing for a new job or interview.
* We host several events at both stores. Before the beginning of the school year, the stores offer shopping for back-to-school clothing at deeply discounted prices and receive a backpack and school supplies. We also provide new shoes for these children. The Sip, Shop and Socialize Event happens in December and offers a chance to see the store fully decorated for Christmas, with a special 50% off sale for all our "Yesterday's Treasures" items. Four times a year we host week-long sales where almost everything in the stores is 50 cents.
* The stores are located at 171 Kingston Drive (zip 63125) in south St. Louis County and at 3295 Ottomeyer Drive in High Ridge (zip 63049). Donations are gratefully accepted at both locations during Thrift Store Hours at the donation centers in the rear of the building.

Population(s) Served

While we offer long-term assistance, our goal is to help those clients that can become self-sufficient. A professional Job Counselor is on staff at Feed My People to assist with interview preparation, proper dress and appearance, and resume development. Computer labs are also available. Since January 2018, we have served 218 clients in this capacity, placing 55 individuals in jobs.

Population(s) Served

This program includes:
* Help Center - job training, distribution of food and personal care items, and assistance with applying for government and other programs (including dental and vision care, small home repairs, legal and tax assistance, circuit breaker programs, rent rebates, and food assistance programs i.e., SNAP).
* Newborn Layettes - Baby layettes with items suitable for newborns (clothing, diapers, bottles, blankets) are given to first time mothers.
* Back to School Program - supplies children 5-18 years of age with backpacks, school supplies and new shoes and underwear.
* Community Garden and seed program - Feed My People distributes donated seeds to clients to encourage them to grow their own flower and vegetable gardens, potentially lowering their food costs. The Community Garden at Feed My People - South County is a collaborative project with St. Luke's Methodist Church to garden the open space just south of our building. Clients are assigned lots; they share in the maintenance of the 10 garden plots, and grow healthy vegetables of their choice.
* Homeless Personal Care Kits.
* Eldercare assistance - adult diapers and supplements.
* Heaters and blankets in the winter months, and fans in the summer months - while some are donated, we purchase additional units to ensure our clients stay cool in summer and warm in winter.
* Limited financial assistance - Although the majority of our aid is comprised of goods in kind (food, clothing, personal care items), we also offer limited financial assistance for utility (electric, gas and water) payments, and help with transportation (fuel, bus passes).

Population(s) Served

* Girl Scout collection of personal care items (April).
* Trivia Night (April) - this event features a silent auction, canned good raffle, and other games. This year's event will be held at the Immaculate Conception Church in Arnold..
* Feed My People Day at the Ballpark (April) - the purchase of a ticket to an afternoon Cardinals ballgame includes several promotional items, with proceeds going to support Feed My People.
* Food Drives (throughout the year) - Feed My People conducts food drives in south St. Louis County and northern Jefferson County at area Walmarts and Sam's Clubs.
* Chef's Challenge (Tuesday, June 16, 2019), 6-8 PM at Orlando's Events and Banquets) - several of the city's top chefs are invited to create savory dishes and compete in a reality style cooking competition for "Feed My People Chef of the Year." Each chef must use the ingredients found in Feed People Food Pantries, and attendees sample the resulting culinary delights, in addition to several free appetizers. There is a cash bar and music. There is also a Dessert Auction, Silent Auction, 50-50 and wine pull. The event will be emceed by Pascal Beauboeuf of The Pascal Show.
* Race Against Hunger - This event will occur on Saturday September 21 at the Jefferson Barracks Park Gold Star Pavillion area, and will include a competitive 5K race as well as a Family Fun Run/Walk. Finisher medals and awards in numerous categories will be presented. There will be an after-race party, and vendor tables, as well as tables from several area health organizations (drugstores, chiropractic, massage, orthopedic, physical therapy etc.).
* Feed My People Fashion Show - This signature event features more than 60 models that represent everyday people, and features clients, volunteers, staff, and members of our community. All the clothing, shoes, and accessories come from the Thrifty Hanger Thrift Stores at Feed My People. The event draws more than 500 people and features a seated luncheon where we present the annual "Carol and John DeGuire Humanitarian Award" to a church, business, or individual who has helped further our mission of providing hope for a brighter tomorrow in our community. The event also features a Silent Auction and a 50/50 raffle.
* Adopt-A-Family (December) - Each fall, our interviewers collect the names of families and individuals to be adopted by area businesses, schools, organizations, or individuals. Potential donors are paired with a needy family/person, with pertinent, limited information on that family, in order to accommodate their needs. Feed My People is grateful for the many volunteers who collect items for, assemble, and distribute the Adopt-A-Family gift baskets. These baskets are replete with canned goods, non-perishable groceries, personal care items, and a gift certificate to a local area grocery store, and are donated to local family who requires assistance during the holiday season.
* Giving Tree/The Elf Shop (December) - from the beginning of the second week in December until the 23rd, Feed My People offers new clothing, toiletries, small electronics, toys and games to our clients to ensure their do not go without during the holiday season. These items are donated by individuals, businesses, organizations and schools.

Population(s) Served

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.

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

We serve approximately 1000 individuals each week at the two facilities. If needed, clients may be served twice a month for as long as needed.

Number of volunteers helping us to administer our programs

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

Healthy Family Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Volunteers execute 90% of our program services. In 2018, our volunteers committed over 78,000 hours to Feed My People.

Amount of individual donations received (cash)

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

Healthy Family Programs

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

The largest source of direct revenue comes from our individual donors and supporters.

Estimated dollar value of clothing and household goods donations

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

Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

We receive approximately $5 million in gifts in kind each year through our collaborative partners, area businesses and organizations, and individuals.

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.

We strengthen our community through our Basic Sustenance Program by aiding children and families in need, who live at or below Federal Poverty Guidelines. We also serve as a resource for those in our community for those have recently experienced a life crisis requiring immediate assistance such as floods, fires, or tornadoes. In addition to Basic Sustenance (food, clothing, personal care items), our long-term goal is to provide educational resources, health care referrals, and direct health assistance via the re-establishment of our Visiting Nurse clinics at both facilities. We expect to serve 23,000 or more clients annually, providing them with the necessary food, clothing, personal care items and other assistance they need. This number may be even greater depending upon the occurrence of floods, tornadoes, and other disasters. Both facilities also serve as heating and cooling refuge centers.

a. Our Basic Sustenance program focuses on distribution of food, clothing, school supplies, and personal care items, such as toilet paper, toothpaste, soap, and household cleaning supplies, as well as assistance with utilities, transportation, and employment counseling. We also distribute care items specific for the needs of infants and the elderly (supplements, diapers, formula). It was developed from evidenced-based practices, and has been refined over time in response to the needs of our clients.
b. Referrals (dental care, vision care, home adaptations, small home repairs, home weatherization, legal and tax assistance, circuit breaker program, rent rebates, food assistance programs i.e., SNAP, and transportation assistance).
c. Visiting Nurse clinics - i Clients will have their blood pressure, blood glucose levels, and weight checked on a consistent basis. The clinic will also offer flu shots, as well as information and assistance regarding clients' medications and other vaccinations. The clinics are in collaboration with Deaconess Ministries.
d. Another goal for 2020 is to fully transition to Client Choice.

Feed My People has been in existence for 37 years and is well poised to address the needs of impoverished individuals and families in the St. Louis area. We are one of the largest social service organizations and food pantries in the St. Louis area, and a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity. We have a four star rating from Charity Navigator, and we have been awarded the Independent Charities of America Seal of Excellence. We serve almost 1000 individuals a week between the two facilities; some may only need help for a limited time, but many, especially the disabled and the elderly, will use our services twice a month throughout the year. Importantly, we have trained professionals who oversee our programs and services, and who can offer training and guidance to our volunteers to aid them in acquiring proficiency in executing social service programs. We have also initiated a social services internship program for local colleges, universities, and high schools.

We are one of the largest social service organizations and food pantries in the St. Louis area, and a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity. We have a four star rating from Charity Navigator, and we have been awarded the Independent Charities of America Seal of Excellence.

Financials

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Feed My People

Board of directors
as of 11/10/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Ed Kovarik

Ameren

Term: 2017 - 2019

Pat Mazanec

Bob Zaruba

Sally Dehner

Joan Ferguson

Diane Westphal

Jason Lenz

Ed Kovarik

Board leadership practices

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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