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America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc.

Fighting Hunger. Feeding Hope.

aka Second Harvest Food Bank of the Big Bend   |   Tallahassee, FL   |  https://www.fightinghunger.org

Mission

Second Harvest of the Big Bend (SHBB) is a nonprofit charity started in 1982 to address the urgent problem of hunger in the community. The food bank’s mission is to meet the short-term nutritional needs of hungry, food insecure people and lead the community in the fight to end hunger. Because people often have to make difficult choices between feeding themselves and their families, and paying for other necessities, no-cost food assistance can lift a big weight from their shoulders. Thanks to Second Harvest, clients can utilize income to pay for other expenses, such as medicines, school expenses for children, rent and utilities. This helps them to save money, increase assets and strengthen resiliency.

Ruling year info

1989

CEO

Ms. Monique R. Ellsworth

Main address

4446 Entrepot Blvd.

Tallahassee, FL 32310 USA

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EIN

59-2610345

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Public, Society Benefit - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (W99)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hunger is not a problem we can easily see, perhaps because its stigma causes people to hide their need. Hunger is difficult to identify in a large population. While hunger and food insecurity are closely related, but distinct, food insecurity is the accepted method for measuring food deprivation. Food Insecurity is defined as the lack of access, to enough food for an active, healthy life for household members; limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. According to Feeding America's “Map the Meal Gap 2019” research study, 125,300 people, including 29,000 children in the Big Bend are food insecure. Of these, 38,800 (31%) are considered as "high-risk" for hunger. The unmet need "meal gap" in the Big Bend is about 21 million meals annually (meaning our 10.6 million meals is only filling about half the gap). Second Harvest delivers charitable food to seven of Florida's top 10 most food insecure counties, and 13 of the top 20.

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?

Fighting Hunger in Florida's Big Bend

SHBB gives food and other items to people in need through a collaborative network of 158 partner agencies and other organizations in 17 Florida counties - 11 counties in our Feeding America service area (Calhoun; Franklin; Gadsden; Gulf; Jackson; Jefferson; Leon; Liberty; Madison; Taylor; and Wakulla), plus 6 counties (Columbia; Dixie; Gilchrist; Hamilton; Lafayette; and Suwannee) under agreement with other North Florida food banks.

SHBB uses several strategies to meet the need for emergency food where it's needed most, including
distribution through partner agencies (emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters,
children's homes, homes for the mentally disabled and domestic violence shelters); School BackPack &
Pantry; Afterschool Meals; Summer Feeding; Food on the Move Bus; Senior Grocery; Mobile Pantry Program and direct food distribution.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Where we work

Accreditations

AIB 2018

Affiliations & memberships

Feeding America Network Member 2018

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
Related Program

Fighting Hunger in Florida's Big Bend

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

For the year ending December 31, 2022, Second Harvest delivered 13 million pounds of food, enough for about 10.8 million meals. (Calculated using the USDA standard of 1.2 pounds per meal).

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.

Our vision is of a hunger-free Big Bend. No one should be hungry in our community.

Food Bank Operations - The core program of Second Harvest is the food bank designed to provide large quantities of food to those in need. We act as food storage and distribution depots for smaller front-line agencies. Second Harvest's warehouse, trucks and tracking systems ensure that struggling families have access to a safe, nutritious supply of charitable food when they need it most. Our food distribution program in the Promise Zone is supplemented by initiatives targeting at-risk youth, seniors, and those unable to access food stores. Clients receive food for no charge.
Mobile Pantry - Mobile Pantries directly serve clients in areas of high need. Second Harvest's Mobile Pantry Program addresses the barrier by delivering nutritious food on-site, directly from refrigerated vehicles.
Backpack Program - Our Child Nutrition Programs are targeted at children who qualify for free or reduced lunches during the school year, but seldom have consistent meals when not in school. Children are given a 'backpack' of food each Friday to ensure their nutritional needs are met over the weekend.
Summer Food Service Program - By participating in the Florida Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program, Second Harvest provides nutritious meals at sponsored sites to children who might otherwise go hungry.
Senior Grocery Program - The Senior Hunger Program addresses the needs of fixed-income or impoverished seniors throughout the Big Bend. It helps at-risk seniors aged 60+ by providing them with food selected to accommodate the unique nutritional needs.
Second Harvest is part of a team of first responders in Florida. Our state partner, Feeding Florida, collaborates with Feeding America, Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD), FEMA and other disaster responders to prepare for catastrophic events.

Food intervention is a proven plan to mitigate the negative health effects of malnutrition and hunger. Every day, SHBB positively affects the lives of thousands of people in Florida’s Big Bend by ensuring that struggling families have access to a safe, nutritious supply of free charitable food when they need it.

Getting food to hungry people requires a dynamic infrastructure and sophisticated management. Our ability to acquire, inspect, store and deliver millions of pounds of food annually defines the unique role of a food bank. Seven shipping docks, refrigerated trucks and a 41,000 sq. ft. warehouse with 6,000 sq. ft. each of freezer and cooler space, and staff state-certified in safe food handling. During emergencies, Second Harvest can (and has) received and shipped 10 tractor trailers (400,000 pounds) of food and supplies in a day.

In four years, SHBB has double the amount of food distributed in the Big Bend.

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?

    Suggestion box/email,

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

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

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

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 01/04/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Daniel Petronio

Capital City Bank

Term: 2019 - 2022

Jowanna Oates

FL Legislature

Pam Ridley

Sentry Storage

Samantha Boge

Boge Arbitration

Michael German

E. W. Scripps Company/WTXL-TV

Velva Knapp

Program Administrator Florida Dept. of Revenue

Daniel Petrino

Capital City Bank

Jennifer Hinson

Rutledge Ecenia, P.A.

Nigel Allen

Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare Foundation

Alexandra Henry

Publix Super Markets

John Stafford

Moore, Ellison & McDuffie, CPAs

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 1/4/2023

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
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/04/2023

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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.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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 measure and then disaggregate job satisfaction and retention data by race, function, level, and/or team.
  • 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.