RESTORATION BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL INC

Serving Love

Lake Worth, FL   |  www.restorationbridge.com

Mission

Restoration Bridge International, Inc.’s mission is to honor and celebrate everyone by providing a hand up, improving quality of life with nutritional food. We believe no one should go without food.

Notes from the nonprofit

Restoration Bridge International, Inc. (RBI) began with the knowledge that there is enough food to go around; "rescuing food" and creating food access for the poor, homeless and marginalized to receive food is our top priority. RBI currently serves love, hope and kindness by providing monthly over 520,00 pounds of nutritional food to over 60,000 individuals and children in Palm Beach County, Florida. Collaborating with local resources, 150 volunteers, our staff, and Board of Directors; RBI is fulfilling the mission of no one should go without food. Overall, for 2022 we are seeking additional ways to distribute food in hard-to-reach areas, expanding our reach throughout Palm Beach County. We welcome anyone that would like to join us in decimating hunger.

Ruling year info

2005

Founder/Executive Director

Mr Daniel Lee West

Main address

7965 Lantana Road

Lake Worth, FL 33467 USA

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EIN

55-0808840

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

RBI’s mission addresses stopping hunger & food insecurity. Food is a basic human need & food insecurity is a social deterrent of health. Medical research shows “an association between food insecurity & delayed development in young children; risk of chronic illness like asthma & anemia; & behavioral problems like hyperactivity, anxiety & aggression in school-age children. Hungry children ages 0-3 years cannot learn as much because chronic undernutrition harms their cognitive development during this critical period of rapid brain growth, actually changing the fundamental neurological architecture of the brain & central nervous system.” Inadequate nutrition can “increase the negative effects of disabilities & chronic health conditions in the elderly. In seniors it can lead to depression, asthma, congestive heart failure, & high blood pressure to name a few of the health problems.” The magnitude of food insecurity in Palm Beach County, FL is affecting over 212,000 households.

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?

Saturday Pantry & Food Distribution

Our Saturday Pantry and Food Distribution program operates every Saturday from 9AM to noon as a drive through food pick up service open to all Palm Beach County residents in the parking lot of Church by the Glades Lake Worth campus (127 South M Street, Lake Worth, FL 33460). Everyone receiving food is verified as homeless, poor, or very low-income all attendees receive both perishable and nonperishable nutritional food provisions for themselves and/or their families.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Single parents
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Adults

Since 2005; Monday through Friday we are scheduling incoming in-kind food deliveries and in-kind food to be distributed at our facility. The collaborations we engage with do not have the means necessary to pick up food from local food banks or the means to store said food, however they have a location available and are willing to host food distributions with the food we provide them. This program creates more access points in Palm Beach County for the economically disadvantaged people we serve that may live or reside in hard-to-reach areas. Some collaborations pickups from us and some we deliver to on a weekly schedule.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Adults
Single parents
Multiracial people

In 2019, as PBC Sheriff deputies were responding to emergency calls, they discovered that some families had no food in their households. Knowing RBI could help with this significant distress call, RBI allows Sheriff’s deputies 24 hours a day, 7 days a week ACCESS to our facility. At any time, deputies can sign out emergency food boxes to deliver them to anyone in Palm Beach County suffering from hunger. These are “Families in Crisis”. This program expanded in 2020 to now include the deputy’s distributing food to the elderly and their caregivers in section 8 housing, formerly homeless veterans in a housing facility, “at risk” youth, hard to reach food insecure individuals and families on a weekly basis and at PBSO District 6 Office a food pantry has been established.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
At-risk youth
Victims and oppressed people
Veterans
Seniors

Program launched in 2005, collaborating with people that have a heart for the homeless community we provide food for their ongoing projects with the homeless community.

Population(s) Served
Homeless people
At-risk youth
Single parents
Multiracial people

Since inception, volunteer hours are NOT REQUIRED to receive food but are welcomed.
RBI IS GRATEFUL FOR our amazing volunteer base, they are going through difficult times; some are in recovery from addiction, on parole, out of work parents, all of them choosing to not discriminate but to come together to create a positive impact against food insecurity; knowing that food insecurity does not discriminate. We have been blessed to receive over 45,000 volunteer hours yearly from over 150 individuals! All our volunteers have given us their feedback and perspective on how to help stop food insecurity firsthand. Their insight and testimonies continue to increase our positive outcomes, resilience and strengthen our mission of helping to improve quality of life with nutritional food. At the end of their shift, volunteers that are in need are welcome to receive a food box.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people
Substance abusers
Ex-offenders
Multiracial people

Where we work

Awards

Marie Thorpe Above and Beyond Award 2021

Quantum Foundation

Affiliations & memberships

Feeding South Florida 2005

Farm Shares 2019

Palm Beach County Food Bank 2020

Palm Beach Sheriff's Office 2007

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 people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

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

Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth, Multiracial people, Single parents, Adults

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth, Single parents, Adults

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total pounds of food rescued

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

Ethnic and racial groups, Economically disadvantaged people, At-risk youth, Single parents, Adults

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Charting impact

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

RBI’s is aiming to stop hunger and food insecurity in the communities we serve. Our organizational goals are as follows:
• Reduce social deterrents of health by providing over 520,000 pounds of nutritional food to over 60,000 individuals and children that are suffering from food insecurity monthly.
• Reduce the “Hunger Gap” by being the bridge between nutritional food and economically disadvantaged individuals and families that are experiencing hunger, creating more food access points in hard-to-reach communities.
• Every individual or family that is suffering from food insecurity receives the following locally sourced perishable food donations of fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, variety of fresh meats, proteins, wheats, dairy products, cheeses and locally sourced donated nonperishable canned goods, cereals, nutritional snack bars, soups, crackers, cookies, pasta, beans, and rice weekly as available.

Restoration Bridge International is partnered with local food banks and 18 local grocery stores, to pick up/receive food donations and sort them at our in-kind warehouse facility throughout the year. On Saturdays we give out information of other local resources offering additional help to the people we serve; including but not limited to Palm Beach 211 Helpline. Our volunteer base contributes over 45,000 hours per year to help fulfill our mission, sorting food at our facility and preparing said food for pick up and/or delivery to our local collaborations and the people we serve. We continue to strive to meet people where they are, believing that no one should suffer from food insecurity when we can help by sharing what is available to those that are in need. We collaborate with local resources that share our vision of stopping food insecurity in Palm Beach County, Florida, however they do not have the means necessary to pick up from local food banks. They lack finances, refrigerated trucks and refrigerated storage space; RBI is able, willing, and grateful to provide all of these. All of us share the same belief; no one should go without food. It is through the collective of all parties working together that RBI can provide nutritional food access to help stop food insecurity and decimate the hunger gap in our communities, creating a healthy, stronger, positive impact in our communities and the families we serve. Our long-term strategies for our organization, include requesting food donations from more local grocery stores and national food corporations with local facilities, increasing the pounds of food we receive. Creating more direct food access points by expanding our direct service programs and collaborating with more local resources that are serving food insecure individuals and families. Funding for our organization has been sustained throughout the years from committed individual donors, corporate donors, churches, local businesses, and grant funds that have been secured from Foundations. It is our hope that more Foundations, businesses, and individuals will join our current financial supporters, food donors and volunteers in helping us build stronger communities by decimating food insecurity and strengthening families.

Restoration Bridge International (RBI) has been blessed to operate at an in-kind warehouse facility located at 7965 Lantana Road, Lake Worth, FL 33467 which provides us with 10,000 square feet of dry goods storage space and industrial coolers that offer 11,000 cubic feet of perishable food storage. We have 3 refrigerated trucks each able to carry 15,000 pounds, 3 transport vans each able to carry 6,000 pounds and 1 transport van able to carry 2,000 pounds.
RBI’s staff consists of our 4 full time and 2 part time employees: Executive Director, Dock Manager, Volunteer Coordinator, Administrative Assistant and Grant Writer/Coordinator/Compliance Officer.
We operate on a 97% volunteer base volunteers for our everyday operations, team leaders, driver assistants as well as drivers with and without CDL licenses (truck driving experience is helpful however not required to serve). We ask volunteers to be 18 years of age and willing to commit to a minimum four-hour shift and perform tasks involving physical labor, sorting food, and carrying heavy boxes. It is mandatory for volunteers to wear closed toe shoes and gloves for food handling, partake in our civil rights training and sign that they have completed the civil rights training. Daily over 7 volunteers can be found working alongside RBI’s staff. On Saturday’s we are grateful to have over 20 volunteers serving with us. In 2021 we received over 45,000 volunteer hours!
RBI’s current Board of Directors consists of four extraordinary individuals, all of which give their time, their business knowledge, their financial support and their hearts to our mission and vision to see hunger and food insecurity decimated in our communities. In 2022 they are committed to recruiting new Board members and have been expanding our reach through our strategic plan. They have diligently brought in volunteers to serve on our Advisory team, to include legal counsel, fundraising and marketing, budgeting, and operational oversight. We are grateful for their service and dedication to our mission and vision.

In 2001 Restoration Bridge International, Inc. (RBI) began with one goal to love our neighbors as ourselves. With a Chevy Cargo Van, one-ton Ford truck, canned and nonperishable food items RBI started out of a church pantry the size of a closet; two days a week to provide food for those that lacked the finances to provide food for themselves and their families. In 2005 RBI received nonprofit status from the state of Florida. Since 2010 we have been picking up and delivering in-kind food donations six days a week through our partnership with 2 local food banks and over 18 grocery stores. In 2012 we relocated to an in-kind warehouse facility and began a Saturday Pantry and Food Distribution program. In 2019 through Pastor Daniel West’s (RBI’s Founder and Executive Director) relationship with the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office as their chaplain, was informed of a dire need in our community. As deputies were responding to emergency calls, they discovered that some families had no food in their households. Knowing RBI could help with this significant distress call, we launched a new program Palm Beach County Sheriff’s Office “Families in Crisis”. This program has expanded to now include the deputy’s distributing food to the elderly, veterans and “at risk” youth. From humble beginnings our goal has not changed; to continue to stand in the gap against hunger in our community. Since inception in 2005 we have been helping to stop hunger and food insecurity by serving 3,170,044 individuals and children cumulatively throughout our 17 years. Throughout all our programs in 2022 RBI will create food access to approximately 737,552 individuals and children that are suffering from hunger and food insecurity. Strengthening families and individuals that fall in the hunger gap with nutritional provisions. We strive to maintain the highest level of efficiency in our operations. Our operating costs are 3% of our budget while 97% of donations received go directly into our programs to stop hunger and food insecurity. Cultivating collaborations with local resources that want to end hunger with us; we are grateful to be providing a basic human need, nourishment, and food security. Anticipated outcome is we will continue to serve people nutritional food with respect, and love.

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?

    The people we serve includes homeless, very poor, poor, and very low-income individuals and families. We do not discriminate based on age, race, color, religion, gender, gender expression, national origin (ancestry), disability, pregnancy, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status if you are hungry, we feed you. Currently 40% of our clients are Latino, 50% are African American, 3% Caucasians and 7% identify as Multi-racial.

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

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

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

    Understanding how supplemental food we are providing is stopping hunger and providing meals for every household member, creating positive health outcomes in every individual and child. Asking for feedback from the people we serve has increased our resolve and strengthened our mission.

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

    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,

  • 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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RESTORATION BRIDGE INTERNATIONAL INC

Board of directors
as of 03/17/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr Gregory Wood

Cornerstone Jupiter, LLC

Term: 2019 - 2023

Paul Smyth

Smyth & Hauck PA CPA

Kristine Mecca

Mecca Farms, Inc.

Pamela Twiner

Walmart

William Whittaker

Business Consultant/Self Employed

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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/17/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/09/2022

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Data
  • 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 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • 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.