Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

HUNGER ENDS HERE (dba Harvest Pack)

Share the harvest

aka Harvest Pack

Minneapolis, MN

Mission

Healthy food on every table. We are ordinary people with a simple plan and big dreams: we bring people together to help one another. We envision a world where healthy food is accessible to everyone, regardless of where they were born or how much money they have; a world where people are brought together to help one another simply because it is the right thing to do. Harvest Pack recognizes that hunger is the world's #1 health risk and even poses a major problem here in the U.S. Hunger-related issues spill over into struggles with housing, safety, education, mental health, community, and all other aspects of life. That's why we're dedicated to partnering with volunteers and organizations to ensure our meals get distributed locally, as well as internationally.

Ruling Year

2014

Executive Director

William McNally

Main Address

P.O. Box 17315

Minneapolis, MN 55417 USA

Keywords

Putting healthy food on every table, & providing service opportunities for volunteers

EIN

46-0967063

 Number

8071842444

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

International Relief (Q33)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Harvest Pack recognizes that hunger is the world's #1 health risk and even poses a major problem here in the U.S. Hunger-related issues spill over into struggles with housing, safety, education, mental health, community, and all other aspects of life.

In 2015, 42.2 million Americans lived in food insecure households, including 6.4 million children. It is estimated that 607 million people worldwide struggled with food insecurity.

That's why we're dedicated to partnering with local social service organizations and food shelves, in addition to our partners overseas, to ensure that our meals get distributed to those who need it most. Through these organizations, Harvest Pack's work has been able to reach far beyond our headquarters in Saint Paul.

Our programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Local meals

International Meals

Community Service

Where we work

Our Results

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Number of volunteers

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

General/Unspecified

Related program

Community Service

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

At Harvest Pack's meal packing events, a group of volunteers can package 20,000 meals in just a few hours. Our events provide a fun way for individuals to make a big impact.

Number of meals served or provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

Children and youth (0-19 years),

Families

Related program

International Meals

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context notes

In 2016, we donated 381,350 local meals (a 423% increase from 2015) and 1,018,650 international meals. In September of 2017, we reached a milestone of 5 million meals distributed in just 5 years.

Charting Impact

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

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What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Harvest Pack is a humanitarian hunger-relief organization working to relieve food insecurity on both local and international levels. By offering nutritious meals for those in need, we hope to eliminate hunger for all.

We recognize food insecurity exists far too frequently here in the US. By holding meal packing events in a variety of communities, we help people understand that hunger doesn't always “look" a certain way. Our neighbors, classmates, co-workers, and even family can be affected by hunger. Harvest Pack meal packing events educate and offer community engagement to make a tangible impact on hunger. Ultimately, we want healthy food on every table.

We purposely develop cross-sector relationships between business organizations, educational institutions, faith-based groups, and general community organizations to pack and distribute our meals where they are needed most. We partner with organizations of all sizes to host meal packaging events in local communities. Funds received by these event hosts cover the cost of ingredients, supply, freight, and some organizational overhead expenses. These events also help us to continue to raise awareness and involvement within communities.

At the base of our organization, Harvest Pack's team of nonprofit veterans are passionate about helping others and making healthy meals available to all. Using research from food scientists, we've been able to develop our healthy meals, made from U.S sourced ingredients. They are filled with carbohydrates, proteins and vitamins needed for an underfed body and mind.

We have been able to build partnerships with other organizations to deliver our meals into the hands of those that need them most. In the Minneapolis/St. Paul, Minnesota region, our partnership with the Sheridan Story puts our nutritious oatmeal into the weekend meal bags of food insecure students. Working with Community Emergency Services allows our oatmeal to be delivered to home-bound seniors around the Twin Cities, and VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People) receives Harvest Pack oatmeal donations for their food shelf program.

Across the US, our meal packing hosts help identify the best local recipients. For international aid donations, Harvest Pack's partners include International Care Ministries and Children's Lifeline. The Harvest Pack team works tirelessly to continue creating volunteer opportunities through our meal packing events.

Tracking the number of meals we have packed and distributed is the primary way we measure our progress. By looking at how much food we've packed in a given time frame and comparing it to our previously set goals, we can assess how we're doing, what we're doing well, and where we need to improve. We work alongside our partners to stay updated on where our meals are going and if our supply is in line with the demand of the community.

We've had very successful meal packing events within various communities, both in and outside of Minnesota. In 2016, we donated 381,350 local meals (a 423% increase from 2015) and 1,018,650 international meals. In September of 2017, we reached a milestone of 5 million meals distributed in just 5 years. So far, we've created strong partnerships with distribution organizations. Some of them include VEAP (Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People), The Sheridan Story, International Care Ministries, and Community Emergency Services.

Our meals are definitely getting to places that need them, but we know there are many other places that still need them. This is why we want to continue strengthening our relationships and developing new ones with other organizations. We look to work with more corporations and communities to increase our number of meal packing events.

Long-term goals include building a stronger community of sustaining donors that are as dedicated to our mission as we are. To accomplish this, we launched our new monthly giving program. We are also developing more impactful stories of how Harvest Pack has made a difference in the community.

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BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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