Moveable Feast, Inc.

Feed People, Fight Disease, Foster Hope

Baltimore, MD   |  www.mfeast.org

Mission

The mission of Moveable Feast is to improve the health of Marylanders experiencing food insecurity and chronic illness by preparing and delivering medically tailored meals and providing nutrition education, thereby achieving racial, social, and health equity.

Ruling year info

1990

Executive Director

Susan Elias

Main address

901 N. Milton Avenue

Baltimore, MD 21205 USA

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EIN

52-1663825

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

AIDS (G81)

Cancer (G30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Moveable Feast was started in 1989 in response to the AIDS epidemic. At the time, the stigma against those with the deadly and mysterious illness was so intense that there was only one church in Baltimore City that would bury someone who had died of AIDS. Our organization started as a group of volunteers delivering home-cooked meals to the homes of Baltimore residents who were home-bound and living with HIV and AIDS. Over the past 30 years, we have expanded our services to include home-delivered meals for individuals with other severe illnesses, broadened our delivery area far beyond Baltimore City, improved the quality and consistency of meals, and added medical nutritional counseling services for our clients.

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?

Moveable Feast Programs

Home Delivered Meals Program
For our clients Food is Medicine. By eating right, our clients can strengthen their bodies and better fight their diseases. So we make sure they get the best meals possible delivered right to their doorstep at no cost. Dietitians on staff work hard to develop nutritious menus, tailored to 7 different diets in order to meet clients’ health needs (for example; renal, diabetic, no seafood, etc.). We make every meal in our kitchen at N. Milton Avenue and even use fresh fruits and vegetables from our community garden and local community farms such as First Fruit Farms, whenever possible. Our staff and volunteer drivers deliver meals to clients in Baltimore City and 14 Maryland counties – some as many as 140 miles away from our N. Milton Avenue kitchen. Every week, clients receive up to 18 healthy meals, frozen entrees, and a bag of up to 5 servings of fresh fruit and produce.

Medical Nutritional Therapy
Our staff dietitians counsel clients to ensure that they are receiving food that best addresses their unique medical needs by creating individualized nutrition plans. Through home visits and phone follow-up they set realistic goals and discuss lifestyle changes that will improve clients’ eating habits and health long term. Our dietitians also educate clients in the use of appropriate foods to prevent medication interaction, complement treatments, reduce symptoms, and mitigate side effects.

Medical Transportation
Moveable Feast offers free door to door transportation to medical appointments for low-income Baltimore City clients living with HIV/AIDS. Medical Transportation is provided using two (2) wheelchair accessible vans.

Population(s) Served
People with diseases and illnesses
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Accreditations


Since 2008

Awards

Excellence in Executive Leadership Award 2010

Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

External assessments

Evaluated via the Impact Genome Project (2019)

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 clients served

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

People with diseases and illnesses, People with HIV/AIDS

Related Program

Moveable Feast Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These are the number of unduplicated clients we served under our Home Delivered Meals Program.

Number of clients recieving medical transportation

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

People with diseases and illnesses

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

These are the number of Baltimore area residents we transported to medical appointments and support group meetings, which allowed them to stay involved in their health care decisions.

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.

The goals of our Home Delivered Meals Program and Medical Nutrition Therapy service is to provide the proper nutrition to clients, give them the knowledge they need to cope with their nutritional needs, and mitigate symptoms and side-effects to decrease hospital visits and improve quality of life. As a result of our services, we also aim to decrease the amount of financial strain and anxiety around providing and preparing healthy meals that a client experiences.

Since our meals are created by our Registered Dietitians and Chefs, the meals are designed to work with the medications and treatments a client is receiving in order to optimize medication adherence. The meals provide the nutrition clients need to build their strength and are colorful to be more appealing for those who may be experiencing nausea or a lack of appetite. The meals we offer include: regular (heart-healthy), renal, soft, diabetic, no red meat, no dairy, and no seafood. These are recognized diets that are appropriate for the conditions our clients are living with, and our staff ensure that each client receives the diet that is right for them.

Moveable Feast is unique as it is the only nonprofit in its service region that provides medically tailored meals to people living with critical illnesses at no cost to the client. Serving the rural Eastern Shore region also gives our organization a distinction, as there are very few services that reach clients at their homes in rural areas.

Each of our programs utilizes collaboration with our referral agencies across the state to connect our organization with those who are eligible for our services. Major partnerships include Peninsular Regional Medical Center, Coastal Hospice, and the Health Departments of each county we serve. Our partnership with healthcare institutions such as The Johns Hopkins Hospital, University of Maryland Medical System, Greater Baltimore Medical Center, MedStar Health and more have led to extended services to more Marylanders and a study done by Johns Hopkins showing the impact of nutrition on those we serve.

Our organization is also a member of the national Food is Medicine Coalition, which includes organizations focused on how healthy food strengthens and heals people. Through our work with the Coalition, we share research and best practices, as well as stay up to date on public policy changes that will affect our clients

Moveable Feast fosters strong long-term partnerships with our referral agencies across the state to connect our organization with those who are eligible for our services. Major partnerships include Johns Hopkins, Peninsular Regional Medical Center, Coastal Hospice, and the Health Departments of each county we serve. We are constantly working to strengthen and create new partnerships, and this year, we have focused on developing new connections with referral sources on the Eastern Shore and with referral sources within different departments of the County Health Departments. These connections will mean more eligible clients will get access to our Home Delivered Meals service for years to come.

Our philosophy is that Food Is Medicine, and we have seen the strong evidence that our services help hospitals and insurers save money. We currently partner with healthcare institutions and insurers to provide services to their patients and participants to help them stay healthy and out of the hospital. These partnerships are a critical part of our future sustainability and growth. We also participate in local and national partnerships. We are in the final stages of completing a study with Johns Hopkins University to show how our services improve quality of life, and results will be published. Through our work with the Food Is Medicine Coalition, we share research and best practices, as well as stay up to date on public policy changes that will affect our clients.

In 2020, we had 1,011 individual volunteers donate 8,897 hours of their time to help us, which equates to $278,381! Our dedicated volunteers are truly the backbone of Moveable Feast, and we couldn't do our amazing work without them – which is why we plan to expand Volunteer Services as our capacity grows. Moveable Feast also has two main fundraising events each year, which in total raise over $900,000 per year while connecting a larger audience into our mission.

In 2020 Moveable Feast served 453,815 meals to 2,111 clients in need throughout the State of Maryland. We plan to continue to grow our reach and the numbers of clients we are able to serve.

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

    Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes, Community meetings/Town halls, Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees,

  • 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 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    Menu redevelopment on client feedback.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, 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?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Moveable Feast, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 06/30/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Joseph Palumbo

Palumbo Financial & Tax Services


Board co-chair

James Seidl

McCormick & Company

Tom Burns

Joe Palumbo

Michele Hurley

Catherine Broderick

Dr. Geetanjali Chander

Keisha Clarke-English

Wanda Lessner

Andrew McCarty

James Seidl

Leonard Sowah

John Benefield

Sandra Boucher

Natalie Haney

Jess Leopold

Manuel Miyar

Tim Nadler

Omone Odogbo

Amy Petkovsek

Katie Phillips

Lauren Shanks

Tiffany Smith

Terry Wallace

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 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 10/22/2020

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, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 10/22/2020

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.