FoodCycle LA

Feed People. Not Landfills.

aka FoodCycle LA   |   LOS ANGELES, CA   |  foodcyclela.org

Mission

FoodCycle is building an infrastructure to reduce waste and intelligently route surplus food—whether it’s to people’s plates or composting. We're working to Feed People - Not Landfills and to reduce the negative environmental impact of wasted food.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Nancy Beyda

Director of Development

Gwen Davis

Main address

1949 N WILTON PL

LOS ANGELES, CA 90068 USA

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Formerly known as

Waste Not Want Not Now

EIN

47-1615623

NTEE code info

Natural Resource Conservation and Protection (C30)

Management & Technical Assistance (K02)

Community Improvement, Capacity Building N.E.C. (S99)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Feed People. Not Landfills is a double impact statement. In our daily effort to reduce food waste in the local community, we use electric vehicles to pick-up and distribute donations, reducing gas emissions in toxic hot spots and keeping it away from landfills.

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?

Food Recovery Operations

Our food recovery operations pick up excess food from grocery stores, restaurants, bakeries, farmers markets and other businesses and delivers it to organizations that serve less and food insecure populations. We recruit businesses to donate excess food rather than throwing it away and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by working to Feed People Not Landfills

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

We connect people who want to make a positive difference with a simple way to volunteer and have an impact on climate change, hunger and homelessness. FoodCycle uses innovative technologies like the Chowmatch app to make volunteer engagement seamless. We believe that volunteers make the most effective advocates for engaging people around the issues of food waste and it's negative impact on the environment and about homelessness and food insecurity in the US. We're dedicated to creating community and empowering people to engage with the big issues of our times.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Homeless people

Our outreach to businesses provides us with a unique opportunity to educate them about the sources of food waste; it enables us to discuss waste reduction and to track the effectiveness of our education and outreach programs to reduce food waste.

Population(s) Served
Adults

For over a decade FoodCycle LA has been connecting excess food with people in need in the Los Angeles area. In addition to recovering food that would go to waste, they focus on identifying gaps in the existing food system and working to find better ways to address the issues of food waste and hunger. We work to Feed People Not Landfills and reduce the environmental impact of food waste.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

CalRecycle grant 2019

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.

We are working to create a better infrastructure to route excess food away from landfills and use it to feed hungry people. We collaborate with over 200 hunger relief agencies.

We're using technology to change the infrastructure around food recovery and working collaboratively with other organizations to maximize our impact. We use data to prioritize sending more resources to areas identified as Food Deserts and track impact by recording meals served, pounds diverted from landfills and greenhouse gas impact of our food recovery.

Since 2019, FoodCycle LA has recovered and delivered almost 5 million meals to food insecure communities
this equals 5,687,887 pounds of food donations.
We have reduced 5915 MTCO2e greenhouse gas (GHG) reductions from food rescue. The GHG Benefit is the equivalent to 21,267 Vehicles removed from road for one month.

FoodCycle has grown its impact over 2000% during the past two years, working with more than 200 agencies serving the hungry.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Suggestion box/email,

  • 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 strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Volunteers were having difficulty signing up through our Chow Match App. We created a video to help them navigate the sign-up process, which we posted on our site.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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FoodCycle LA

Board of directors
as of 12/02/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Alex Rose

Chapman University

Term: 2015 -


Board co-chair

Nancy Beyda

FoodCycle LA

Term: 2014 -

Sender Stuart

Balcony Films

Peggy DiCaprio

Alexandra Reza

Gwendolyn Young

Young Communications

Annette Sikand

Sikand Organization

Jon Owyang

Market Based Solutions

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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 9/17/2020

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
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data