NourishKC

#LetsNourishKC

aka NourishKC   |   Kansas City, MO   |  http://nourishkc.org

Mission

NourishKC works collaboratively to innovate systemic changes in Greater Kansas City’s emergency food services.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Sue Moore Fenske

Main address

11 East 40th Street

Kansas City, MO 64111 USA

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Formerly known as

Episcopal Social Services

EIN

43-1525298

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Employment Training (J22)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is not required to file an annual return with the IRS because it is a religious organization.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Too many people in our community do not have adequate access to food on a regular basis.

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?

Kansas City Community Kitchen (KCCK)

Our community kitchen provides a hot, nutritionally balanced lunch every Monday through Friday, even holidays. The kitchen is open to anyone who comes, primarily to be a resource for those that have low or no income so that their limited resources might be used elsewhere. Food is prepared fresh, on-site daily by staff, culinary trainees and volunteers. KCCK also prepares meals to be delivered to partner organizations. This service is meant for partner service agencies that don't have the capacity to prepare their own food. In total, the kitchen provides more than 500 meals every weekday.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

NourishKC's Culinary Skills Training is a 8-week intensive, entry-level program that provides basic culinary skills, job training, and hands-on experience in the food service industry. Emphasis is placed on food safety, basic food preparation, and professionalism.

Population(s) Served
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

Food rescue is the practice of recovering perfectly edible food that would otherwise end up in landfills from places such as farms, food distributors, grocery stores, produce markets, or restaurants and distributing it to local emergency food programs. NourishKC's Food Rescue Program is essential to providing balanced, nutritious meals at Kansas City Community Kitchen and assisting local pantries with access to fresh produce and shelf stable items on a weekly basis.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Where we work

Awards

Affiliations & memberships

Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City 2017

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 volunteers

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

Social and economic status

Related Program

Kansas City Community Kitchen (KCCK)

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

2015 & 2016 are estimates. In 2017 we noted the number of volunteer shifts. In 2018 we started using a new online management system and noted the number of registrations.

Number of meals provided

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Kansas City Community Kitchen (KCCK)

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total meals served through Kansas City Community Kitchen (includes hot lunches served in the dining room as well as meals to local partners serving throughout the week).

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.

NourishKC is striving to end food insecurity while promoting healthy food access every day. Our KCCK serves more than a warm meal, it provides a sense of community, consistent structure, and acknowledges the value of each person through our Dining with Dignity approach.  NourishKC has strong relationships with our core volunteers, as many have been a part of KCCK efforts for years. We coach our volunteers to provide individual guest services and consistent kitchen functions so that guests feel valued while enjoying a healthy meal. Through community supports, volunteers, our Board of Directors, and donors NourishKC will continue to collaborate with other food access partners to address systemic food insecurity in the metro area.

Our community kitchen currently serves lunch 5 days a week. Meals are served restaurant-style with guests getting a choice of entree and sides, being served by volunteer "wait staff" and being asked what they like or don't like. We eventually want to expand that program to 7 days a week in more a community diner/restaurant environment. We'd eventually like to see this become a network of "pantries" that feel more like a neighborhood corner store with strategic locations all over the metro.  The Board of Directors is exploring ways to advance our culinary training program in 2020, as we suspended its efforts for 2019.  The staff and board are also strategizing towards longer term goals through fundraising, infrastructure, policies, and sustainability to serve Kansas City area beyond 2020.

NourishKC has a team of 7 staff members devoted to various aspects of operations and program management. Our community kitchen is staffed by people with experience in restaurants and other commercial kitchens, and administrative staff have years of experience in their respective fields, from accounting to program management. The Board of Directors has a wide array of expertise to oversee the impact of established goals while adapting to the community needs based on organizational capacity.  Our staff and board members have been fortunate to attend sessions at the Kansas Leadership Center during the past two years to learn active leadership through coaching and training. This learning opportunity has guided the Board and staff to adjust its daily efforts towards forward movement. Perhaps our greatest strength is our willingness and ability to build relationships with other organizations and collaboratively work on things beyond what any one of us is able to do on our own. Whole Food, Farm to Market Bread and other local companies donate food to us on a regular basis for use in our community kitchen, but then other companies like Harrah's, Citi, BlueScope Steel, Bayer, Cargill and KCPD send groups of volunteers on a regular basis so that our guests are served in a way that offers dignity.  Another deep capacity of NourishKC is PEOPLE. The historic and new networks of volunteers is the breathe that keeps NourishKC feeding 400 people daily. The Board and staff are working to recruit more corporate, small business, and civic groups to learn how two hours of time truly impact a hungry person. Volunteer appreciation, regular communication, group incentives, and other supports are being developed for the Kansas City Community Kitchen's long-term success.

This year NourishKC is focusing on transition processes and rebuilding measures for the Kansas City Community Kitchen while strategizing long-term programs for 2020. As noted by our Board of Directors, we are focusing our fundraising efforts to make headwinds to our sustainability and impact. Our working board and thousands of volunteers make every effort to assist in getting nutritious food to Kansas City community members.

Financials

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Operations

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

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NourishKC

Board of directors
as of 09/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mark Galus

Terri Curran

Hallmark Cards (former)

Andrew Ehrlich

Hostess

Geoff Parker

Retired, George K. Baum & Company

Jim Cummins

Deacon of Episcopal Church

Joselyn Pfliegier

Nancy LaPorta

Black & Veatch

Julie Stoetzer

Jennifer Rule

Community Volunteer

Julia Higgerson

Catalent Pharma Solution

Lindsay Harmon

Community Volunteer

Mark Galus

Galus Legal LLC

Pierre Yancy

ThinkTank Solutions

Gar Demo

Saint Thomas Episcopal Church

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 9/23/2021

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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