Bracken's Kitchen Inc.

Delivering hope one tasty meal at at time

Garden Grove, CA   |  www.brackenskitchen.org

Mission

Through food rescue, culinary training and our community feeding program we are committed to recovering, re-purposing and restoring both food and lives.

Ruling year info

2014

Principal Officer

Mr. William Joseph Bracken

Main address

13941 Nautilus Drive

Garden Grove, CA 92843 USA

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EIN

46-2633171

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

59% of all school age children in California are on the free and reduced meal plan at school. If that is any indication of the issues of food insecurity in California then we have a lot of work to do. Bracken's Kitchen is striving to help bridge that gap.

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?

Community Feeding Program

In its simplest form our food truck delivers hot and nutritious meals in a fun, and dignified manner. We serve the highest quality and most nutritious meals that their clients will get all week. In doing so they are not only nourishing the body but the soul as well. Bill has been known to take a break from his prep to play with the kids and engage on a personal level. Why you ask, “Because feeding people is not the same as nourishing them”, as Bill often states. Dignity, respect and pride are three areas that the program is intent on preserving for those served. The lives of the under-served in our community are challenging enough. Bracken’s team feels that providing services to this population should and can be done in a dignified manner. Bracken's Kitchen provides meals in a fun, upbeat environment. Tables and chairs to sit at, music playing and a robust and varied menu from a clean and attractive truck is how they deliver meals with dignity.

Population(s) Served
Families
Unemployed people

The Chef’s To End Hunger initiative is the creation of LA Specialty produce. Working alongside them, our program will not only help supply healthy food for our own food truck feeding program but will supply an abundance of healthy meal options to a large variety of smaller organizations that currently rely on the boxed food programs to feed their clients. Our plans for this program is very simple. We will use what is collected from hotels and restaurants and apply simple and creative culinary skill to repurpose it into tasty and nutritious meals. Once prepared our vision is to package the food items into both bulk and individual portions to support larger hunger relief organizations or the smaller individual needs of small households and hotel families. We envision being able to supply food items to organizations such as South County Outreach, Orangewood Foundation and as we grow larger food banks such as Second Harvest and the Orange County Food Bank.

Population(s) Served

Through hands on participation in a live kitchen environment we will teach, train and equip our young students with the skills needed to present them with culinary opportunities in the hospitality industry. At Bracken’s Kitchen, we have created an environment that provides training, work experience, and above all else, the opportunity for at risk youth and young adults to work alongside professional chefs to learn essential skills for a career in food service. Our Culinary Training Program is tied into our food truck feeding program, rescued food programs and our “Catering For A Cause” program. Catering For A Cause is our social enterprise that helps to keep our programs running while offering future employment opportunities for our students. By combining all of our programs we are building the framework to create a long term self-sustaining program that provides a hand up and not just a hand out.

Population(s) Served
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Families
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work

Awards

Diverse Community Leader Awared 2017

County of Orange

Purpose Prize Winner 2022

AARP

Diverse Community Leader Award 2017

California Legislature Assembly

Philanthropists of the Year 2016

United States Congress

OC 50 Making a Difference 2020

Orange County Business Journal

KNX Heros 2018

KNX10.70

Neighborhood Builders 2021

Bank of America

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 meals served or provided

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

Age groups, Social and economic status, Health

Related Program

Community Feeding Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of food recovered

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

Age groups, Social and economic status

Related Program

Rescued Food Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total pound of food recovered

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.

2020 STRATEGIC GOALS:

BRACKEN’S KITCHEN GOAL #1: Prepare & Distribute 600,000 Meals
600,000 meals distributed to partner organizations or direct by Bracken’s Kitchen.
Recover 270 tons of food (equal to 540,000 lbs.) by EOY 2020.

BRACKEN’S KITCHEN GOAL #2: Achieve and Sustain 50% Earned Income by EOY 2020
Contract Meal Service, Tenant Income & Catering For A Cause = $950,000.00

BRACKEN’S KITCHEN GOAL #3: Fully Launch Culinary Training Program
100% of graduates will get jobs in the food industry with 65% of them still employed after 6 months.

With our own 9,000 square foot commercial kitchen we are poised for growth and success. The location of our kitchen is ideal in the ability to access major freeways to get food north into LA County and south to San Diego as we expand.

We will continue to build and grow our recovered food network to divert even more perfectly good food that was destined for the dump and transform it into tasty and nutritious meals. In doing so we will expand our agency partner list to be a provider of meals to those agencies who's clients need our help most.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Bracken's Kitchen Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/27/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. William Bracken

Bracken's Kitchen Inc.

Term: 2013 -

Michael Pearson

LA Specialty Produce Company

Douglas Schonfeld

Chef's Toys Food Service Equipment

Molly Bracken

Mighty Molly Inc.

Nichole Smith

Memorial Care

Hilda Jusuf

Affordable Housing Access

William Bracken

Bracken's Kitchen

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/24/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, 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: 03/01/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.