Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry Inc

BASTROP, TX   |  www.bastropfoodpantry.org

Mission

The mission of the Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry & Support Center is to serve Bastrop County residents going through periods of transition by providing emergency food assistance, education and support.

Ruling year info

1989

Executive Director

Tresha Silva

Main address

PO BOX 953

BASTROP, TX 78602 USA

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EIN

74-2485884

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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

The Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry and Support Center strives to eliminate food insecurity in Bastrop County where 10,535 people endure hunger daily (Map the Meal Gap, Feeding America 2016). Low-income Bastrop residents experience a 22% gap between what they can afford and what they need. The gap is due in part to the fact that 23% of those eligible for assistance like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, don’t apply (ACS 2015 5 YR Estimates, Poverty Status in the Past 12 months). Another barrier these individuals face is a lack of access to healthy food. The majority of residents' only shopping options are convenience stores which carry little to no produce. The financial gap and lack of resources leads to hunger; poor nutrition; increased risk of chronic disease like diabetes; poorer mental health; and behavioral and academic barriers in children (Feeding Texas Hunger Atlas 2014).

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 Assistance Program

Natural disaster, loss of home, loss of a family member, loss of employment, major health set-back… all put immense pressure on all of us. Sustaining ourselves through such a crisis and restoring equilibrium and self-sufficiency takes time and a support network. The Food Pantry assists in the recovery of individuals and families experiencing hunger…with a program that encompasses as needed emergency food, counseling and referrals and assistance in applying for benefits under the Texas Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (“SNAP”). Program recipients can also access fresh produce and grains on a first-come, first-served basis to anyone who arrives between 9 and 10 am on the third Friday of each month.
An applicant must be a Bastrop County resident at least 18 years of age, a head of household and in need of food because an emergency:
• The household is 185% below the federal poverty guideline or a household that has a crisis situation
• Lost, stolen or delayed income check or SNAP benefits
• Natural disaster, such as fire and flood
• Illness, loss of income or disability
• No other support services are presently available to address food needs
• Homeless
Intake Process at the Food Pantry office is required at each visit. Eligible Households may receive repeat emergency food assistance after 30 days.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry and Support Center endeavors to bring an end to food insecurity—hunger—in Bastrop County. The Food Pantry helps low-income Bastrop County residents regardless of age or race, through periods of transition by providing necessary assistance: nutritional food, toiletry items, emergency rental, and utility assistance, and nutrition and financial education. The Food Pantry works with the Central Texas Food Bank to supply the community several times a week with access to fresh grains, fruits, and vegetables at no cost to the client. They also provide specialized programs for seniors, individuals with disabilities, and school-aged children to ensure that the most vulnerable members of the community receive the care and support they need to thrive.

The Food Pantry’s ultimate goal with all of their clients is to go beyond just providing emergency food assistance by instead assisting individuals and families in taking steps toward healthy change. The Food Pantry does this by working individually with each client to increase their self-sufficiency through various support services: application assistance (Food Stamps, Medicaid, etc), financial assistance (rent/utilities), financial education classes, and information and referrals (legal aid, MHMR).

The Food Pantry endeavors to be a model for food pantry operations and to achieve financial independence. This long-term goal includes improving technology, marketing, and community/business support as well as ensure that they will be financially supported to provide these necessary services to the community. This will in turn allow the Food Pantry to create lasting and meaningful change in the community as families learn to become more self-sufficient and increase their knowledge about nutrition.

In 2019 the Pantry served 3,574 people and distributed over 334,774 pounds of food (including fresh produce).

The Food Pantry increased their social media presence and created a style guide to ensure a cohesive message and style relating to their brand. By cementing their branding and improving their visibility they are attracting more individual donors and support, which increases their financial stability. They also market their programs and services to the community and perspective clients through traditional means of flyers as well as on-line through their website and social media. Furthermore, the Food Pantry is undergoing a capacity building initiative to increase long term sustainability in order to continue to achieve agency goals and objectives for the foreseeable future. Through this process they seek to answer three questions: Where are we, how do we get to where we want to go, and what do we need to achieve our organizational goal of sustainability. The Food Pantry adjusted their policies and procedures due to the COVID-19 Pandemic to increase the level of safety for their clients, staff, and volunteers, without disrupting the distribution of food into the community when it needs it the most.

The Food Pantry has been providing services to the community since 1987. Their dedicated staff and volunteers believe in the mission and work to provide compassionate and quality services to the community that they serve. They’ve made strides in diversifying their funding streams, which continues to strengthen their financial stability. It is the goal of the Food Pantry to further diversify their funding streams in order to continue to provide services without fear that loss of one funding source would inhibit their ability to serve the community. Another asset is the addition of a new building, which has improved donation drop off and service delivery. Furthermore, the Food Pantry has created strong, lasting relationships and collaborative partnerships with other local nonprofits (AARP, Home Health Care, Catholic Charities, Area of Aging, AGE, Advocacy Outreach, Family Crisis Center, ect.) in order to receive referrals and to ensure that clients receive a wraparound service of care that meets all of their unique needs.

The Food Pantry is working to increase visibility on-line to increase individual campaigns, which is a first step in diversifying their funding. They also are working to grow their school-age program by doing a campaign for the community to adopt students/schools to support the NIBBLES program long-term. They are also working on putting together a homeless initiative pilot to serve the unique needs of their homeless clients. They put together an on-line workshop to teach nutrition and healthy eating on a budget during the Pandemic to increase nutritional awareness to the community. Finally, they are contracting with an outside evaluator to start a capacity building evaluation.

Financials

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Operations

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

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Bastrop County Emergency Food Pantry Inc

Board of directors
as of 6/23/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Steve Dunn

Aqua Water

Rene Flores

Tonda Owen

Stephanie Woods

Roy Blanco

Barbara Adkins

Deflora Thornes

Lestant Flake

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/30/2020

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Female

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

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Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 12/01/2020

Policies and practices developed in partnership with Equity in the Center, a project that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems within the social sector to increase racial equity. Learn more

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.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • 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 disaggregate data by demographics, including race, in every policy and program measured.
  • 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 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.