THE GREEN URBAN LUNCH BOX

Salt Lake City, UT   |  thegreenurbanlunchbox.com

Mission

The Green Urban Lunch Box is a Salt Lake County-based non-profit organization that empowers people to connect to their food and community while revitalizing urban spaces and building a resilient local food culture. As an organization, we believe that a sustainable and socially just urban agriculture system is possible when we harness the creativity and power of our community. We aim to foster a community-centered approach to improving food security. Through our programs, we work to engage the community in local agriculture and increase the consumption of locally grown food while decreasing food waste.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Katie Nelson

Main address

PO Box 651098

Salt Lake City, UT 84165 USA

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EIN

45-4320152

NTEE code info

Garden Club, Horticultural Programs (C42)

Vocational Rehabilitation (includes Job Training and Employment for Disabled and Elderly) (J30)

Senior Centers/Services (P81)

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Programs and results

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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?

Back-Farms

Our Back-Farms program focuses on creating community through urban gardening. We pair a garden apprentice with a senior citizen who has volunteered their backyard space to be used to grow food. The seniors we work with are often disabled and unable to care for their garden as well as they once could. By participating in Back-Farms, the seniors are able to help provide food for themselves, their garden apprentice volunteer, and low-income members of the community who struggle with access to fresh food. Transforming neglected yard space into beautiful gardens revitalizes and adds value to the community. The senior homeowner and volunteer often form a friendly relationship, one that provides the homeowner with companionship and the volunteer with ties to an older generation. This program is of a particular importance to our organization because it serves the community in many significant, quality, and quantitative ways.

Population(s) Served

Our FruitShare program aims to simultaneously address issues of hunger and food waste within Salt Lake County. This program allows homeowners to register their unused fruit trees in our database. Throughout the year, FruitShare staff and volunteers prune, thin, and harvest the trees. Fruit is then divided among the homeowner, volunteers, and hunger relief (our Mobile Market and SLC's food banks). In 2015, we harvested 43,733 pounds of fresh, local fruit from going to waste. We are excited to address issues of food security and healthy eating in this way. The trees that exist within the county provide hundreds of thousands of pounds of fresh fruit. With each year FruitShare grows, we will be able to increase our harvest and distribute the fruit to those in our community who need it.

Population(s) Served

The Small Farms Initiative is an education program for beginner farmers. Through SFI, the Green Urban Lunch Box aims to increase the number of farmers in Utah, provide jobs and skills training to increase the profitability of farming, improve the environmental sustainability of farming, and increase local access to healthy food. Farmers learn innovative urban farming techniques, small business skills, and are exposed to financial opportunities available to beginning farmers.

Population(s) Served

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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.
  • 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

  • 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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THE GREEN URBAN LUNCH BOX

Board of directors
as of 02/14/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Beth Clifford

Adobe Inc.

Kate Wheeler

Utah State Board of Education

Brian Davis

Utah Legal Services, Inc.

Maquelle Drummond

Brigham Young University

Matt Mulligan

University of Utah School of Medicine

Shawn Kintaudi

Eide Bailly LLP

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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 2/14/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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