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MORNING STAR FRESH FOOD MINISTRY INC

Fighting Hunger & Feeding Souls

aka Morning Star Fresh   |   BAKERSFIELD, CA   |  morningstarfresh.org

Mission

Our mission is to feed families through the love and hope found in Jesus by fighting hunger and feeding souls with fresh food. Fresh food opens their door. Love and hope opens their heart.

Notes from the nonprofit

At Morning Star we look at food as medicine. Working with local growers and ranchers who farming with sustainable regenerative practices who produce health nutritious food. We even Souce organics fruits and vegetables when in season. We don’t use boxes and canned food everything we put in our box is fresh and health.

Ruling year info

2014

Founder/Director

Bret Sill

Community Organizer

Shawn Sill

Main address

320 Watts Dr

BAKERSFIELD, CA 93307 USA

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EIN

46-1231061

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Christian (X20)

Religion Related, Spiritual Development N.E.C. (X99)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Giving every opportunity for families in need to have access to fresh healthy food. Many families or individuals do not have access or the ability to purchase fresh food. As fresh fruits and vegetables are more expensive than canned or frozen fruits and vegetables and much more expensive than processed food you find a neighborhood grocery store. So by going directly to the growers and farmers in our community we are able to get some donated or at least a much cheaper price that what you would pay through a grocery store as we don't have the mark up and loss that grocery stores incur. Our mission and vision is to feed needy families fresh healthy nutritious food by fighting hunger and feeding souls with the love and hope of Jesus. We not only want to feed the physical body but we also want to feed the spiritual body.

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?

Monthly Fresh Food Distributions

Morning Star volunteers hand-deliver fresh Food Box packed full of fresh fruits, vegetables and meats to families in need.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Morning Star goal is to pack and deliver 500 fresh food boxes each and every month. We aim to educated adults, children and the disabled about food nutrition. We educate families on how to make wise food choices that will not only stretch out their food dollars but also improve their health. Our bigger goal is to build relationship with the families to find out what is going on in their lives and reach out to them with love and prayer to give them hope to find salvation through Jesus Christ.

Build the ministry through local churches. Secure funding through local businesses. Brand the ministry through the website, social media the food box and the refrigerated truck. As we present the sponsored program to the local churches and business: we give them options on how to get involved: through prayer, volunteer on distribution days or sponsor a family with he monthly fresh food box. Were building testimonies videos and sharing them through social media, website and the monthly newsletter.

By establishing a brand in our community we have built a strong backing of farmers and local growers who donate many of the fruits and vegetables. Through fundraising events we are building stronger donors to come along and support our vision by sponsoring families on a recurring monthly basis. Our fundraising events are not only increasing our net revenue but we are also increasing our brand awareness with the local business who are coming out to support our vision.

We started with 32 families in September 2013 and in June 2019 we packed and delivered to 360 families, that is over 11,000 fresh meats, fruits and vegetables in one convenient box.
We were able to lease a warehouse to have a consistent place to pack and distribute the food boxes.
Purchase a refrigerated truck to pick up and store perishable food.
Delivered over 158,000 lbs of fresh meats, fruits and vegetables to needy families in our community
Increase to 20 distribution partners to help deliver fresh food boxes to needy families.
We have 25 farm partners that donate fresh food through our the year.
We have one local produce wholesaler who give deep discounts on fresh fruits and vegetables
We have one cattle rancher that donates around 3,000 lbs of fresh beef every year.
We were able to brand our box with our logo and tag lines and each year local box company donates all of the boxes
Developed grew social media content and followers

Financials

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Operations

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

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MORNING STAR FRESH FOOD MINISTRY INC

Board of directors
as of 01/03/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Randy Martin

Todd Gall

Bob Borda

John VanLenten

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No