Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Inc.

Together We're Fighting Hunger!

Baton Rouge, LA   |  www.brfoodbank.org

Mission

The mission of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is to feed the hungry in Baton Rouge and the surrounding parishes by providing food and educational outreach through faith based and other community partners.

Ruling year info

1986

President and CEO

Mr. Michael G. Manning

Main address

PO Box 45830

Baton Rouge, LA 70895-4830 USA

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EIN

72-1065318

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank works to address the problem of food insecurity in the 11-parish great Baton Rouge area. Food insecurity is defined as the lack of access to enough food or consistent access to enough food for a healthy lifestyle. Many of the clients we serve do not know from where their next meal will come or even if a meal will come at all. Hunger and the lack of enough food impacts children, seniors, and individuals. The mission of the Food Bank is to provide food for our clients so that children can focus in school and seniors do not have to choose between buying food or paying for medications. In times of disaster, the Food Bank is there for everyone who needs help, even if just until they are back on their feet following the disaster.

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?

Senior Grocery Program

The Senior Grocery Program, which includes Adopt-A-Senior, provides a basic box of nonperishable food items to qualified seniors in the program once a month for a year. Additional items, such as produce, proteins, or paper products, are distributed as available. Seniors must be 65 years old, or 60 with a disability.  Facing many financial burdens each day, seniors often have to choose between food, prescription medications, and utiltities at home.  This program supplies the sponsored senior with a 40 lb. box of nourishing food items each month.  This helps alleviate their financial burden by allowing them to focus on their health and other pressing issues at hand.

Population(s) Served

The Food Bank occasionally has the opportunity to accept truckloads of food from out-of-state reclamation centers, national donors, and the Feeding America network.  Donations to Bucks for Trucks help cover transportation, packaging, and minimal cost per pound for a truckload of donated food from national and regional donors and Feeding America.  There is much good wholesome food in this country that is short-dated and non-marketable, so it is wasted every day. Food Banks procure, process, and distribute this good quality healthy food quickly to those most in need of food assistance, thus feeding many hungry people. This program provides a great return on investment for our many generous donors.

Population(s) Served

BackPack provides food to at-risk children enrolled in the program in East Baton Rouge Parish on the weekends and/or holidays when they are not in school to receive to receive their free or reduced lunch.  During the school year, the meal at school is the main source of nutrioun for these at-risk children.  When they are out of school, these children are at an even greater risk for experiencing hunger.  BackPack provides a backpack of nutritious food for the child when he or she is out of school on the weekend and holidays.  It is operated in collaboration with the Health Centers in Schools and the East Baton Rouge Parish school system.

Population(s) Served

Provides 20 pounds of a mix of fresh, healthy produce per family per week at their regular distribution in our member agencies, giving our clients access to healthy produce that may not otherwise be available to them. Farm Fresh will target 20 of our member agencies with a plan to expand throughout our network.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Accreditations

Charity Navigator 2004

Awards

Community Partner Award 2006

Capital Area United Way

Community Investment Award 2008

Capital Area United Way

Hunger Hope Award 2006

America's Second Harvest

Affiliations & memberships

America's Second Harvest - Affiliate 2001

Feeding America

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 mission of the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is simply to feed the hungry. We believe no one should go hungry. There are a myriad of reasons why someone needs the services of a Food Bank. Some are socioeconomic in nature, and there is a time to address those. But first, we feed our fellow man. We believe that we should provide basic necessities so that our clients can focus on more compelling issues, such as completing an education or getting job. Our long-term goal is to shorten our lines so that one day our clients become self-sufficient and no longer need the services of a Food Bank. We believe our work provides hope for the future, providing dignity to all those we serve.

Strategies to help our clients achieve self-sufficiency include our model of food distribution through member agencies rather than direct distribution through our main warehouse. The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank procures, processes, and distributes more than 13 million pounds of food through 115 member agencies, which distribute directly to the clients in need. This method of distribution allows our agencies to develop a rapport with our clients and deliver the educational outreach portion of our mission, which will ultimately enable them to become self-sufficient. A distribution center that handles 13 million pounds of food cannot have the one-on-one relationship needed with each client that is needed to turn a life around. A member agency seeing a fraction of clients for their monthly distribution has a captive audience to educate, empower, and thus enable our clients to become all that they can be. This strategy has worked well for us, with a biannual meeting of our agencies to "train the trainer" to keep everyone on track. Success stories abound. Former clients have become donors to help others as they were once helped in their time of need. Others have become the heads of some of our member agencies.

The Food Bank has trained staff in place in Agency Relations, Development, and all levels of Administration and is thoroughly committed to improving the lives of those we serve. We recently added a Program Coordinator to work with in Agency Relations and run our special programs. Our SNAP Coordinator also works with our member agencies in addition to her duties in the field helping clients with the SNAP program sign-up. This team approach has proven effective in working with our member agencies, which are staffed by both paid staff and volunteers. Many of our agencies have staff and volunteers with a long history with the organization they serve and are quite knowledgeable and passionate about their role in feeding the hungry. The Food Bank hosts biannual Agency Relations Training Meetings, which are mandatory for the agency to remain in good standing. These meetings give agency representatives a wealth of information on nutrition and many other topics that are invaluable to our clients. Together with our agencies and our many kind donors, we are giving our clients as many tools as possible to succeed, in addition to the life-sustaining food.

The Food Bank is happy to report that our Bulk Re-Packaging Room, which was fully operational for donated product before the flood, is being rebuilt and will once again be operational and in service this year. We are the only fully automated bulk repackaging facility used by a food bank. Manual repack is in use by many food banks, which is what our food bank was employing prior to our new facility. Thanks to the generosity of two very kind donors, we have been gifted the amazing automated repackaging equipment. With FDA approval, through DHH, we will be able to repackage non-donated product. This is possibly another source of acquiring food product for our Food Bank as well as a potential source of income if we repackage food for others to sell. Many companies have express interest in our packaging Room, including our local food incubators. We continue to move forward with expanding our programs to reach more hungry people, including expanding BackPack into out-lying parishes, launching our FarmFresh program, and improving our organization's operational efficiencies. Our goal is always getting more food to those truly in need in the quickest and most efficient manner. With the understanding that there are still many food deserts with little access to grocery stores or even our member agencies, the Food Bank has begun a pilot program of Mobile Distributions, whereby our trucks will take go out into the rural areas with limited access and bring food to clients in need. Access to healthy food is one of the barriers for many clients, and the Food Bank is working hard to address access issues of all types for our clients.

Financials

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Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 1/21/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jude Guerin

Apple Guerin Company

Term: 2019 - 2019

Kellen Mathews

Adams and ReeseLLP

Dane Babin

Investar Bank

Janet Feig

BancorpSouth

Patrick Henry

The Henry Firm, LLC

Peter Guarisco

Franciscan Missionaries of Our Lady Health System

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? No