Downtown Food Pantry

"feed my sheep" John 21:17

aka Downtown Food Pantry   |   Paris, TX   |  www.downtownfoodpantry.org

Mission

To feed the hungry of Lamar County, Texas, with no regard to race, religion, sex or country of origin. To deliver the food as efficiently as possible always being cognizant of the resources we have been given.

Ruling year info

2015

Executive Director

Allan Hubbard

Main address

124 W. Cherry St.

Paris, TX 75460 USA

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EIN

47-4531021

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS filing requirement

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Lamar County, Texas (capital: Paris) in northeast Texas has a food insecurity rate of 23%. The population of the county is 50,000, meaning 11,500 people regularly have no food in their households and/or are rationing food among the members of the household.

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/groceries

We distribute groceries to 700 families per week in Lamar County, Texas.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

food/groceries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Just over 1.96 million pounds of food was distributed in 2021, which created 1.6 million meals for the customers we served.

Pounds of fresh produce distributed per year

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

food/groceries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

1/3 of all food we distribute is fresh produce and frozen proteins - healthy & nutritious fruits & vegetables plus meats for a better quality of life for our clients.

Number of clients receiving the grocery shopping services

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

Adults, Children and youth

Related Program

food/groceries

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

This represents 19% of our county's population.

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.

Our mission is to feed the hungry of Lamar County with no regard to race, religion, sex or country of origin. To deliver the food as efficiently as possible always being cognizant of the resources we have been given. We aim to alleviate the hunger aspect of poverty in the Paris, Texas, area.

We distribute preparable grocery food items to more than 700 households every week (11,730 people in just under 4,200 households in 2020). Customers can receive food every two weeks, or 26 times per year. Groceries are distributed two times per week (Tues & Thurs).

The community of Paris, Texas (Lamar County) is very generous and highly supportive of our efforts. We have more than 20 churches and 15 businesses who donate monetarily to us each year. In addition, six foundation grants are received and countless individuals regularly donate funds. More than 200 energetic, supportive and faithful volunteers keep the well-oiled machine of our agency in constant working order. We partner with the North Texas Food Bank (based in Plano, Texas) and receive food shipments from them twice weekly, maintaining a warehouse of food and distributing thousands of pounds of fresh produce and non-perishables each week.

We've steadily increased each year the amount of food each household receives and in 2020, we gave out 2.86 million pounds of food. We plan to never turn away a family in need and to continue to provide them more food on each visit.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Any resident of Lamar County (Paris) Texas.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Paper surveys,

  • 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, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Specific food items we did not have available were requested by clients. We sourced vendors and now regularly make some of those items available.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Our clients know they have a voice that is heard in our decisionmaking.

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Downtown Food Pantry

Board of directors
as of 02/23/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ronnie Grooms

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 2/23/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data