FOOD FOR HOPE

Ending childhood hunger in Adams County, Colorado.

Eastlake, CO   |  http://foodforhope.net

Mission

The mission of Food for Hope is to empower and nourish the future of our community by providing vital nutrition to students in need. Our desire is to give children a chance to succeed by providing food that they otherwise would not receive. There are thousands of children in Adams County, Colorado currently suffering from hunger and malnutrition. They rely on free school meals, and receive little to nothing to eat when they are not at school. Through our food assistance programs, our organization currently serves these children in hopes of giving them a chance to be healthy and thrive physically, emotionally, and socially among their peers.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Emily Stromquist

Main address

PO Box 685

Eastlake, CO 80614 USA

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EIN

47-3117111

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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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?

Weekend Food Bags

These food bags are distributed each week to students who aren't receiving enough to eat at home. Throughout the school year, teachers or staff who notice signs of hunger in a specific student may refer him or her to the school social worker to get registered; then schools distribute food bags to the correct students each Friday for the weekend. Assembled by volunteers, each bag includes a vegetable, a fruit, whole grains, protein items, and 2 breakfasts/snacks. In the 2020-2021 school year, FFH distributed 19,207 food bags.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

We provide a box of everything needed to prepare a Thanksgiving meal (including a turkey) to 1,750 families in the north metro Denver area. Each box has enough food to feed 4-6 people and so the program allows at least 6,000 people to have a Thanksgiving dinner in their homes when they otherwise may have had little to nothing to eat.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth

Students need snacks at school to maintain focus, keep their energy up, and find success in their classes. Many teachers have reported to us that they use personal finances to purchase extra snacks for their students who are not able to bring one from home. FFH created this program to provide school day snacks and alleviate the financial burden from teachers who are providing this on their own. In 2020-21, FFH provided 62,240 snacks.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Food for Hope's food banks provide groceries for students and families in need that attend school in each location's community. FFH allows students to shop for enough fresh and non-perishable food items to last an entire week. FFH’s food banks provide a discreet way for students experiencing hunger to get the food they need without having to travel to another location. For the 2021 - 2022 school year, Food for Hope has established 7 food bank locations in Adams County.

Population(s) Served
Adolescents
Children

Where we work

Awards

eCheivement Award 2017

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Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Pounds of Food Distributed to Families in Need

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Totals By Year
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
Type of Metric

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

The main goal of Food for Hope is to provide nutritious food to as many students in need as possible. Our niche is the “gap" that exists when students are not receiving food provided at school. When a child is hungry, they have decreased focus, lower
cognition rates, lower concentration, and malnutrition or nutrition deficiency — which all in turn affect academic success. Four out of 10 of the students in the area we serve face food insecurities; they don't know when their next meal will come or from where. Food for Hope strives to supply food that is of the highest nutritional standard possible within our budget, and also chooses items that children will still eat. Additionally, we want to be sensitive to the cultural preferences in each school served. Our aim is to provide nutritious and consistent food, along with attentive service to all of the schools enrolled in our program.

A secondary goal of our organization is to unite the community surrounding these students in need. We encourage anyone who is interested in volunteering to include their co-workers, family members, friends, clubs, organizations, or faith groups. Gathering people with the common goal of acknowledging this issue will bring individuals together that otherwise would not meet.

Hunger impairs a child's ability to become a productive, contributing member of his or her classroom. Receiving consistent nutrition on days when they were previously underfed will help build better educated and healthier members of our overall community. The strategies of Food for Hope are centered around bringing food to children at locations where they already go each day. Working with the schools in this way assists families who may have transportation challenges and/or inability to access other food bank resources. We also work with school and district social workers to identify the need, and ensure that we are reaching those who truly need it.

All three of our existing programs allow for us to provide vital nutritional assistance to reach as many children as possible in our area.

We continue to grow our base of volunteers and financial partners so that we can expand and further these programs to reach more of the thousands of children who could benefit from our program in Adams County.

Food for Hope's ever expanding group of committed volunteers and financial partners give us the ability to meet our organizational goals. Entering our 5th year, we have the momentum to increase the positive impact we are having on children in the communities of Adams County. The board of Food for Hope is currently engaged in the Strategic Planning process to solidify our goals and strategies for the coming years.

We have accomplished our goal of reaching children in need with nutritious food. We are working closely with each school we serve to make sure every child is reached. We have established partnerships with farms, food banks, and retailers to provide the most nutritious and greatest variety of food possible for our students and their families. Our programs have grown to reach almost 3,000 students on a weekly basis in three different school districts in Adams County.

There is always more need and more opportunity for growth as hunger is prevalent in our county. Along with growing our elementary food bag program, we will be developing high school food banks to meet the needs of those students in a more comprehensive way.

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?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, 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 inform the development of new programs/projects,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • 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, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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FOOD FOR HOPE

Board of directors
as of 09/21/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Jeremy Lyon

Infrastructure Pastor - ThornCreek Church

Term: 2018 - 2022


Board co-chair

Jordan Sauers

GoPuff

Term: 2021 - 2020

Melissa Fawcett

UC Health

Melissa Perrine

Adams 12 School District

Joel McFadden

SCL Health

Dave Kulmann

Ascend Strategies

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 9/21/2021

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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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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