HUNGER FIGHT

Food for Their Bellies; Books for Their Brains

Jacksonville, FL   |  www.hungerfight.org

Mission

To end hunger and illiteracy through the provision of nutritious meals to children, seniors, and families in need and age-appropriate books to preschoolers by engaging communities and mobilizing partners

Ruling year info

2014

Founder, Executive Director

Mrs. Sherri Porter

Main address

2935 Dawn Rd.

Jacksonville, FL 32207 USA

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EIN

46-1338834

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Remedial Reading, Reading Encouragement (B92)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hunger Fight's emphasis is on childhood hunger and illiteracy through our Food for their Bellies; Books for Their Brains umbrella program. This program includes our "Feed the Backpack" program which provides weekend nutrition to children on the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Plan (Title 1) who, while fed during the week, may face an entire weekend, 65 hours, without food. It also includes our "Feed the Need to Read" program, an early literacy program which focuses on emergent literacy skills of children ages 0-5. While these are our primary programs, Hunger Fight also works collaboratively with local organizations to provide meals for seniors who live in poverty. We are also a FEMA partner and provide meals during times of disaster.

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?

Feed The Backpack Initiative

Hunger Fight’s Feed the Backpacks and community hunger programs. Our Feed the Backpacks program provides weekend nutrition to children who are enrolled in the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Plan at school. Our four-serving, nutritionally balanced, great tasting, stand-alone meals provide the vitamins and nutrients necessary for a child to return to school ready to learn. Our community feeding programs provide meal packs to seniors and community programs that serve those at risk for hunger. Collaborative partnerships help to distribute the food where and when needed. The cost of the meal packs is only one dollar ($1.00), $.25 per serving. If you want to help feed hungry children, families and seniors in need, please DONATE NOW!

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Hunger Fight is working to address the literacy challenges our children face. Literacy skills begin at birth and build on relationships and experiences that occur during infancy and early childhood. Emergent literacy has the biggest impact on the academic success of a child and is the root of reading success and forms the basis for learning in all subjects.

90% of a child’s critical brain development occurs by age 5. Children who receive high quality education by age five are 70% more likely to graduate from high school. Achievement gaps between children in poverty and those from more affluent families become apparent by 18 months. When children start behind, they rarely catch up. But when children are read to from an early age, they become better readers and students. Early reading experiences provide opportunities to build vocabulary and literacy rich environments that support development of pre-reading and cognitive skills that ensure children are prepared for success in school and in life.

The Feed the Need to Read literacy program focuses on emergent literacy skills by delivering free books to preschool children each quarter. The Feed the Need to Read program is serving children across Central and Northeast Florida.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers

This program is the umbrella program for both the feeding and literacy program for Hunger Fight. Our two-pronged approach is designed to help children living in poverty by providing weekend nutrition to help with focus, behavior and academic issues and books for children ages 0-5 to promote early literacy skills that begin at birth.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

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.

Number of attendees present at rallies/events

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

Children and youth, Seniors, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Feed The Backpack Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2020, we hosted over 78 packing events, including our annual Thanksgiving Community Outreach and private convention events. Attendance and participation at our events continues to grow each year.

Number of public events held to further mission

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

Children and youth, Seniors, Economically disadvantaged people

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We hosted many packing events and special events throughout the year and had a great number of attendee's at each event.

Number of volunteers

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Food for Their Bellies; Books for Their Brains

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We had many volunteers come out and support us at our packing events and at all of our special events.

Number of new donors

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Food for Their Bellies; Books for Their Brains

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We were overjoyed to acquire 254 new donors throughout the year 2019. This was achieved through our community outreach, grants and collaborations with other organizations.

Number of new grants received

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Food for Their Bellies; Books for Their Brains

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Through added focus on our grantmaking efforts, Hunger Fight added 19 new grantors to our donor list in 2019.

Number of external speaking requests for members of the organization

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Food for Their Bellies; Books for Their Brains

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Hunger Fight representatives are requested to speak at different businesses and schools concerning our Feed the Backpack and Feed the Need to Read Initiatives. We were down in 2020 due to Covid.

Number of websites and organizations (outside of our organization) that share our resources and information

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

Food for Their Bellies; Books for Their Brains

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We continue to partner with various organizations that share our resources and information to the public through our Friends of Hunger Fight Program.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Adults, Children and youth, Social and economic status

Related Program

Food for Their Bellies; Books for Their Brains

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

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

Adults, Children, Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Food for Their Bellies; Books for Their Brains

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We enjoyed over 7500 volunteers who each gave 2.5 hours of their time at our packing events.

Number of volunteer management professionals trained

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

Adults, Children, Adolescents, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Food for Their Bellies; Books for Their Brains

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children who have access to education

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

Children, Infants and toddlers

Related Program

Feed the Need to Read

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We delivered 16,800 books to over 1400 0 - 5 year olds in low income areas.

Number of children receiving meals

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

Adults, Children and youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Feed The Backpack Initiative

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We delivered over 810000 meals to title one students and over 1 million meals to food banks and other feeding organizations

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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.

Hunger Fight is bringing awareness to and combating the issues of food insecurity, hunger and illiteracy in our local communities. We accomplish this by hosting packing events utilizing thousands of volunteers from the community to package nutritious meals which are then distributed to hungry children and families every weekend. Businesses, civic organizations and individuals to come together as one to make a significant difference in their local community.

The organizational goals fulfill our mission: to end hunger and illiteracy through the provision of nutritious meals and books to children, seniors and families in need by informing, engaging and mobilizing communities and partners. Hunger Fight has developed a two-pronged approach to help children and families in need: a literacy program for children ages birth to age 5 and a nutrition program for school-age children. Hunger Fight strongly believes that every child should be well fed and well read, and it is our hope that these programs will provide a foundation on which to build. Our goals to help seniors at risk for hunger is to continue to expand our footprint by working collaboratively with other organizations to provide meals for distribution to seniors living in low income areas who are at risk for hunger.

Included in our strategic plan is the continued growth and expansion of our Backpack programming through the partnerships with our community, corporations and volunteers who support our mission. In addition, we have partnered with the Dolly Parton Imagination Library for a literacy program addressing emergent literacy skills in children ages 0-5. Through our on-going packing events, these programs are supported and expanded into new communities where the need is greatest. We continue to raise awareness to the issue of food insecurity, hunger and illiteracy through guest speaking, participation in community events, through our social media outlets and various public relations outlets.

Hunger Fight is different from other food organizations. We are more than a food bank or distribution source as we 1) produce and pack our own specially formulated, vitamin enrich meals for distribution; 2) through our partnership with Imagination Library, we provide books to address emergency literacy skills in children ages 0-5 through the provision of monthly books, 3) Hunger Fight is a Salvation Army Disaster Relief Partner and FEMA approved agency providing emergency meals in times of disaster; 4) our collaboration with other community programs sends meals to food pantries, food banks and missions feeding families, children, adults and seniors living in low income neighborhoods; 5) we offer scalable meal packing event programming to meet needs of sponsoring organizations; 6) collaborative approach with schools and key community programs for year-round food distribution.

2020 was a year of growth and expansion for Hunger Fight as our Hunger Fight Feed the Backpack program added new schools and our Feed the Need to Read program expanded to 42 zip codes. To date we have packed 10,866,386 meals were packed at 74 events utilizing 7,850 volunteers and 125,000 meals were sent for Covid relief.
This growth was largely a result of the change in our overall business strategy and revised business model developed by our Board of Directors. After reviewing our first three years of business, we realized our initial outlook and scattershot approach to distribution wasn’t producing the outcome we had envisioned. We reassessed our overall approach with research and discussions with our Board, sponsors and constituents. Based on that exercise, we strategically decided to shift our focus to those who cannot change independently their circumstances, namely children and seniors.
Going forward, Hunger Fight will continue to expand its services to additional schools and zip codes where services are needed. This will be accomplished through new partnerships and collaborative efforts within our community and with corporations, businesses and volunteers who believe in our mission.

Financials

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Operations

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

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HUNGER FIGHT

Board of directors
as of 7/29/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mrs. Kathy Scott

Nathan Dowd

A Fathers Heart

Kathy Scott

Christ UMC

Paul Robbins

Vikings Cold Storage Solutions

Marvin Brooks

Retired Johnson & Johnson

Kimberly Godsey

Watson Realty

Gayle Curry

Curry CPA

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 08/04/2020

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 08/04/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.