Food Equality Initiative, Inc.

Improving health and ending hunger

aka FEI   |   Kansas City, MO   |  https://foodequalityinitiative.org

Mission

Food Equality Initiative fights for nutrition security and health equity for all.

Ruling year info

2014

CEO, Interim

Erin Martinez

Main address

300 E. 39th St. Suite 3O

Kansas City, MO 64111 USA

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EIN

47-2377396

NTEE code info

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

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

Nutrition Access Program

Our Nutrition Access Program (NAP), our flagship program, provides food insecure individuals diagnosed with a diet-treated illness or condition access to nutritious food, education, and advocacy.
Program participants receive a monthly shopping voucher of $155 redeemable towards the purchase of foods that meet their prescribed diets on a HIPAA-compliant online marketplace. Their selections are then shipped and delivered directly to their doors on a monthly basis, eliminating the barrier of transportation. All program participants receive a complimentary subscription to our client-focused, disease management and lifestyle magazine, “Free From Magazine," unlimited access to our blog, and a weekly emailed newsletter.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Food Equality Initiative's advocacy work started with amending WIC food packages. The Research and Advocacy program continues to pursue access in federal nutrition programs and food as a covered benefit with both managed care and commercial insurance. Food Equality Initiative is the national expert on the intersection of food allergies and food insecurity. The Research and Advocacy program allows the organization to leverage the work of the Nutrition Access Program to publish papers and expand healthy food access to include more than fresh fruits and vegetables.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Gold Philly Award (Free From Magazine) 2021

Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City

Affiliations & memberships

Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City 2019

Financials

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

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Food Equality Initiative, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 03/19/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Alicia Poole

Unity Village

Term: 2020 - 2022

Leigh Wagner, PhD

Private Practice

Kristie Sigler

FleishmanHillard

Erica Forrest

Thermo Fisher Scientific

Brantlee Broome, PhD

Medical University of South Carolina

Shannon Stevens

Food Allergy Advocate, and Caregiver

Alex Hoskovec

Arrowhead General Insurance

Courtney Schnefke

Registered Dietician and Public Health Professional

Sandy Neuman

Ameriprise Financial

Thao Vo

Registered Dietician

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
  • 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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/4/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female

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