Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Food Equality Initiative, Inc.

Improving health and ending hunger

aka FEI

Kansas City, MO

Mission

To improve health and end hunger in low income patients diagnosed with food allergies and celiac disease through access to safe and healthy foods, nutrition education, and advocacy.

Ruling Year

2014

Founder and CEO

Mrs. Emily Brown

Main Address

300 E. 39th St. Suite 3O

Kansas City, MO 64111 USA

Keywords

gluten free nutrition assistance, special diet support, food allergy nutrition assistance

EIN

47-2377396

 Number

3776780968

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

The need for access to “free-from” food in the management of both food allergy and celiac disease. Both conditions are "diet-treated" and access to appropriate foods is critical to maintaining​ or improving health.

Our programs

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

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Allergy Friendly and Gluten Free Nutrition Assistance Program

Nutrition EducationProgram

Research and Advocay

Where we work

Our Results

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

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Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of food rescued

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Charting Impact

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

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What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?

What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?

How will they know if they are making progress?

What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

Our goal is to ensure all patients with food allergies and celiac disease,  regardless of their social economic status and location, have access to the healthy foods they need to improve or maintain their health. The work has primarily focused on access and systems changes in the emergency food system, we seek to create access in the retail market and federal nutrition programs.

In 2019, Food Equality Initiative seeks to make a pivot from being only a direct service provider, but to position our work around providing education and technical assistance to set standards for "free-from" access in the emergency food system. We will also continue our work to amend federal nutrition programs and build support for food as a covered benefit to bring access to retail markets. In the fall of 2018, we partnered with Children's Mercy and Kansas University Medical Center to form a research science alliance to better evaluate our program as the first nutrition intervention for food allergies and celiac disease. Food Equality Initiative collaborates with local and national nonprofits, government agencies, health providers, and national brands to serve clients.

Food Equality Initiative is uniquely positioned to execute our mission. Leadership is comprised of experts with lived experience and content knowledge experts. Founder and CEO Emily Brown created the organization after experiencing a gap in our safety net system as a mother of sick children with food allergies. The organization also maintains a Medical Advisory Board (MAB) comprised of dieticians, nurses, and physicians from local hospitals and clinics. The MAB guides all of the healthcare-related aspects of the organization. The Board of Directors is diverse and is lead by food industry leaders, distinguished professors, and finance and marketing executives.

We currently evaluate our programs through surveys that clients complete every 12 months. The board also reviews data from programming at each monthly meeting. Through the partnership with Children's Mercy Hospital and Kansas University Medical Center, we will have an opportunity to have a deeper evaluation.

Although we have made significant progress in access to healthy "free-from" foods in Kansas City, barriers still remain. As the organization grows capacity, we would like to explore additional modes of distribution to make a larger impact in the region. We're proud of the small changes we've made in the WIC program but would like to see more options available for individuals in federal nutrition programs. We will continue to collect data and build strong coalitions to advocate for systems changes.

External Reviews

Affiliations & Memberships

Nonprofit Connect of Greater Kansas City 2019

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Financials

Food Equality Initiative, Inc.

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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 & 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

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Gender

Race & Ethnicity

Sexual Orientation

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Disability

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Diversity Strategies

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