Northwest Louisiana Food Bank

Together We Can Solve Hunger

aka Food Bank of Nortwest Louisiana   |   Shreveport, LA   |  www.foodbanknla.org

Mission

Our mission is to serve as the primary resource for fighting hunger in Northwest Louisiana. Our vision is to ultimately end hunger in Northwest Louisiana by ensuring a consolidated network of effective food collection and distribution which will provide universal access to free food for the needy in our communities.

Ruling year info

1996

Executive Director

Martha Marak

Main address

2307 Texas Avenue

Shreveport, LA 71103 USA

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EIN

72-1328890

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Hunger is a serious issue in Northwest Louisiana. I in 5 of our neighbors are food insecure. Approximately 25,000 children struggle with hunger. The mission of the Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana is to alleviate hunger.

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?

Emergency Food

The Emergency Food Program provides food to individuals though partnerships with homeless shelters, soup kitchens, church pantries, schools, after school programs and others.

Population(s) Served

Children are provided a 7-10 pound bag of food for the weekend.

Population(s) Served

The Summer Feeding Program provides free meals for children in summer programs at participating non-profit organizations and churches

Population(s) Served

The Kids Cafe Program provides free meals to students participating After School Programs in Caddo, Bossier and Desoto Parishes.

Population(s) Served

The Senior Box Program provides a monthly box of food to home bound seniors.

Population(s) Served

The Food Bank's Community Garden provides an array of vegetables grown seasonally at the Food Bank. The Food Bank is also the home of northwest Louisiana's only hydroponic growing station for lettuce.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Torch Award 2013

Better Business Bureau (BBB)

Hidden Treasure Award - Back Pack Program 2012

United Way

Affiliations & memberships

Association of Fundraising Professionals - Member 2011

Better Business Bureau 2011

Chamber of Commerce 2008

Feeding America 2006

Louisiana Association of Nonprofit Organizations 2008

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
Related Program

Emergency Food

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Unduplicated individuals receiving food assistance. Average household receives food 8 times a year.

Number of products distributed

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

Emergency Food

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2018 we distributed 11,700,000 pounds of food with a value of $18,628,000 to the Children, Women and Men living in poverty or homeless in northwest Louisiana.

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.

GOAL I Develop and execute a comprehensive marketing plan that creates awareness of the Food Bank as the primary resource for fighting hunger in Northwest Louisiana, communicates the needs of this market, and calls for action.

GOAL II Strengthen financial resources.

GOAL III Close the gap of the food insecure population in Northwest Louisiana through ongoing identification and implementation of operational and board best practices.

Deliver the Food Bank brand through consistent, broad community awareness and advocacy for our leadership role in the fight against hunger in Northwest Louisiana.

Expand and improve the financial resources needed to fight hunger in Northwest Louisiana.

Improve access to food for underserved parishes. Meet Feeding America's Per Parish Distribution (PPIP report) targets to ensure equitable distribution of food resources.

Expand and develop procurement of core nutritious foods for the food insecure population.

Advocate to influence policies that affect the food insecure population. Strengthen the anti-hunger movement to have a positive impact on major public policy decisions and programs.

Quality
Quality comes first in everything we do. We strive to do it right the first time, on time, every time, meeting specifications and customer's needs. We are here to serve our partners and will strive to always improve upon our services.

Recognition
By recognizing our agencies' needs and values, we will anticipate, meet, and exceed their expectations.

Performance
We will be accountable for meeting our commitments and delivering results. Each of us individually bears a responsibility- to ourselves, to each other, and to our organization- to keep our promises and achieve our objectives.

Innovation
We will break down barriers to creativity and risk-taking, encourage compulsive curiosity, and foster innovative approaches to meeting our agency needs.

Action
A bias for action will drive everything we do. We will be impelled by individual initiative and a sense of urgency and continuously improve our ability to act swiftly and decisively.

Contribution to Society
We Work to improve the quality of life by alleviating hunger in our community and in turn it gives greater meaning to our jobs. We are committed to make a difference in our world.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Northwest Louisiana Food Bank

Board of directors
as of 10/23/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Marc Price

Lamar Pugh

Margaret Shehee

Don Razinsky

Jaf Fielder

John McNeil

Marc Price

Trey Smith

Traci Washington

Julie Blewer

Greg Robinson

James Stegall

RaShad Bristo

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 10/23/2020,

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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

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data