Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana

Alexandria, LA   |  http://www.fbcenla.org

Mission

The Food Bank's mission is to alleviate hunger in Central Louisiana.

Ruling year info

1990

Principal Officer

Jayne Wright-Velez

Main address

3223 Baldwin Ave

Alexandria, LA 71301 USA

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EIN

72-1154072

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Across the Food Bank of Central Louisiana's 11-parish service area, 67,960 people are food insecure. Nearly 25% of children in our community live in food insecure households. The Food Bank of Central Louisiana, through all of its programs, serves more than 22,400 people each month, but we know there is more work to be done.
The vast majority served by the Food Bank earn at or below the federal poverty line which is income per year of $15,678 per individual.

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?

Partner Agency Program

The Food Bank distributes more than 6.9 million pounds of donated food and grocery products annually through a network of 104 member agenices in eleven parishes. This serves more than 22,400 impoverished people each month.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

The BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations. The backpacks are filled with food that children take home from school on Friday afternoons to provide food for the weekend. The food is child-friendly, nonperishable, and easily consumed. The Food Bank currently serves more than 1,260 students across 30 schools. The cost to sponsor a student for a year is $150 per year.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
K-12 (5-19 years)
Budget
$189,000

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana’s Adopt-A-Senior program provides impoverished senior citizens with 50 pounds of food every month for 12 months. The cost to sponsor a senior is $150 a year. The Food Bank’s Adopt-A-Senior program currently serves more than 2,200 seniors in the Central Louisiana area.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
Aging, elderly, senior citizens
Budget
$300,000

The Good Food Project teaches sustainable gardening practices in the demonstration garden at the Food Bank. All of the fresh, organic produce grown here is distributed to Food Bank clients. Additionally, the Good Food Project supports more than 50 satellite, youth, and community gardens in the parishes served by the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
General/Unspecified
Budget
$200,000

The Nutrition on Wheels Mobile Pantry Program allows the Food Bank to provide a forum for education programs emphasizing healthy eating during mobile pantry distributions. The Mobile Pantry Program meets the unique needs of the Food Bank’s rural and underserved communities by offering services in their area and providing client access to fresh fruits and vegetables. The
Nutrition on Wheels Program combines traditional nutrition education classes and food distribution.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

The Kids Café is one of the nation's largest meal service programs, providing free and prepared food and nutrition education to hungry children in safe and nurturing environments. This after school program provides nutritious hot meals and heavy snacks to youth that might not otherwise receive evening meals. In addition to providing hot meals to hungry children, Kids Cafe offers nutrition education, character enrichment, tutoring, and individual attention kids need with their schoolwork. The Food Bank of Central Louisiana currently offers a Kids Cafe program in Natchitoches and Pineville.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
K-12 (5-19 years)

The School Pantry Program will play a crucial role in providing children and their families with access to food for preparation at home when other resources such as free and reduced price school meals are not available. This project is funded through a Healthy Behaviors Program Grant from The Rapides Foundation.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people
K-12 (5-19 years)

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Feeding America

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
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of food rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of weekend meals served to low income students

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Related Program

BackPack Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana's mission is to alleviate hunger in central Louisiana. In order to fulfill our mission, the organization is working to meet these strategic goals: Distribute more food, build member agency capacity, expand funding, strengthen food bank operations, and develop a strong team.

Distribute more food - increase cold storage capacity, increase mobile pantry distribution, expand retail donation program, establish food drive with faith-based community, expand school food pantry program. Build member agency capacity - evaluate member agency strengths and capacity and assess annually, create plan of action for agency growth and succession, and determine agencies storage capacity and seek funding to support agency capacity building. Engage the community - develop marketing and communications plan, access and adjust plan annually, develop key messages to tell the Food Bank story, successfully conclude the capital campaign, expand grant funds to expand programming and food distribution, can increase the number of volunteers and donors. Strengthen operations - conduct assessment of equipment, determine technology recourses and operational/administrative processes, secure an expert resource to assist in streamlining workflow, and maintain policies, processes and training required to meet all food safety certification standards. Develop a strong team - evaluate staffing structure and update as needed to support our growth, continue to implement best practices for board engagement and development, and identify volunteer roles needed in new facility and recruit volunteers to fill those needs.

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana has a 28 year track record of operation. During the past 28 years, the Food Bank has created and modified programs in order to meet the needs of the clients and the organization. The Food Bank staff works to accept, process, warehouse, and distribute food throughout our 11-parish service on a daily basis. This is done so through many different programs and procedures, using staff members with a wide range of expertise and experience. The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is able to distribute more than 6 million pounds of food annually with the coordinated efforts of the 10 full-time and 10 part-time staff.

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana's staff and board members meet often to monitor and track our progress of achieving the objectives and goals of our strategic plan. Our organization sets specific planning period outcomes for each objective in our strategic plan.

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana recently completed our 3 year strategic plan, so many of our goals and objectives were just established. Our organization recently completed our $3.5 million capital campaign to increase our capacity to store and distribute more food throughout our service area. We are in our final year of the construction phase of the project, and plan to have the project completed by year end.

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 the organization collecting feedback?

    We regularly collect feedback through: paper surveys.

  • How is the organization using feedback?

    We use feedback to: to make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    We share feedback with: our staff, our board, our funders.

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to: 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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The Food Bank of Central Louisiana

Board of directors
as of 3/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Joe Williams

Pill Box Pharmacy

Term: 2015 - 2020


Board co-chair

Kent Lachney

LSUA

Term: 2019 - 2021

Eric Fletcher

Cleco

Joe Williams

Pill Box Pharmacy

Amani Augustine

Rapides Parish District Attorney's office

Christine Meshell

JCM Greenhouses

Kent Lachney

LSUA

Joe Gardner

Lottie Bash

Patrick Braquet

Wiletha Brown

Jill Kelone

Cleco

Cornelia Sutton

Kelli West

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

Keywords

food, foodbank, hunger, needy