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FEED SPOKANE

Rescuing Food To Help Fight Hunger

Spokane, WA   |  http://feedspokane.org

Mission

Safely rescuing quality food to feed Spokane's hungry by nurturing sustainable community networks and charitable partnerships while eliminating food waste.

Ruling year info

2007

Executive Director

Chrystal Ortega

President

Tami Kennedy

Main address

1114 N Fancher Rd STE 109

Spokane, WA 99212 USA

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EIN

77-0669785

NTEE code info

Transportation (Free or Subsidized) (P52)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

Community Coalitions (S21)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Food Pantries and Charitable Meal Sites have historically been challenged in obtaining nutritious food in quantities high enough to meet the needs of their clients. Feed Spokane exists to safely solve the logistics challenges of rescuing nutritious food and distributing it to those partner agencies. Enough food is thrown away everyday in this nation to feed our food challenged families and seniors twice over. Feed Spokane works with food sources and food pantries to pick up excess prepared food from businesses that previously would throw it away, and the nonprofits that provide food to those in need. Our work provides a safe sustainable solution to the environment as well as the community by reducing hunger and waste. Feed Spokane refrigerated vans, make us the only local non-profit able to safely rescue prepared food, and maintain safe food temperatures to preserve the nutritional value for consumption. It is a win, win, win operation.

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?

Food Rescue & Distribution

We rescue prepared, fresh and dry food goods from local businesses that would otherwise throw it away, when it still good for human consumption. We have on average 143 commercial food industry related for profit companies that donate their excess food to Feed Spokane. We have two refrigerated vans that run regularly scheduled pick ups 7 days a week. This food is then taken to our distribution facility and packaged for distribution to roughly 40 non-profit coalition member pantries (food banks) and meal providers that feed those in need for free.

Population(s) Served
Religious groups
Families
Non-adult children
Parents
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

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 food donation partners

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Widows and widowers, Economically disadvantaged people, Retired people, Veterans

Related Program

Food Rescue & Distribution

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of food rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Families, Widows and widowers, Economically disadvantaged people, Retired people, Unemployed people

Related Program

Food Rescue & Distribution

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

2022 Our largest commercial food donor relationship grew from one location two days per week to two locations seven days per week. 2020 Pandemic Year donation's were chaotic.

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.

Feed Spokane seeks to eliminate hunger in our community through rescued food distribution, education, and building partnerships that drive the community to support sustainable practices to meet our citizens needs.

1. Rescue viable nutritious food from being thrown away in at for profit businesses.
2. Distribute rescued food to nonprofit agencies who provide food for free to those in need.
3. Educate potential donors on the Good Samaritan Act and the Food Rescue Act.
4. Educate nonprofit agencies on safe food handling, storage, and distribution to those in need.
5. Reduce Greenhouse emissions from food waste.
6. Strengthen community resilience for the benefit of the citizens in our community.
7. Provide Networking opportunities for nonprofit agencies that provide food to those in need through bi-monthly meetings with decision makers, leaders, and other community resources.

1. Persist in community awareness campaigns via social media, local media, outreach, and speaking opportunities in regional community and business associations.
2. Market our impact on the communities health and benefit via reporting pounds rescued and distributed weekly on our social media sites.
3. Maintain a committed team of volunteers for rescue and distribution activities.
4. Garner support from our local community via engaging fundraiser activities to help cover our expenses.
5. Maintain our refrigerated vans, distribution center, and tools to ensure that safe food is kept safe in a safe way for our volunteers.
6. Provide ample opportunities for our diverse board to engage the mission with their leadership, professional skills, and circle of influence.
7. Maintain a celebratory positive atmosphere amongst our donors, recipients, volunteers, board and limited staff.
8. Diligently seek grant opportunities that align with our mission without overburdening our administration, or compromising our ability to achieve the mission.

1.The diversity of Feed Spokane’s board members is intentional. It enables broad outreach into the community to educate, and garner support to the mission of Feed Spokane.

2. Feed Spokane owns two refrigerated vans operated by volunteer drivers who rescue food 7 days per week from 142 food donors. Insurance, gas and maintenance of these vans is a significant part of our operations expense.

3. We maintain a 1200 sqft. distribution center in a leased space complete with a walk in freezer and cooler as well as a few commercial reach in refrigerators and freezers, and high cube shelving for palletized dry food goods. We utilize roller carts, totes, a platform scale, and forklift to receive and distribute the food.

4. Spokane Regional Health Department provides input and over site for our operations to ensure food safety in all aspects of the work.

5. Feed Spokane currently operates with 25+ volunteers and two employees.

6. Feed Spokane distributes food to 43 nonprofit agencies who operate as pantries and free meal sites.

7. Gratitude is the name of the game. Feed Spokane is able to maintain our relationships through a culture of gratitude for all who are involved in the work in any way. Shout Outs on social/print media in addition to in person expressions thankfulness and appreciation for volunteers, donors, and all who devote time and energy to seeing hungry people get fed is the glue that has kept Feed Spokane operational and growing in our ability to make a bigger better impact for good in our community.

In 2007 we started with 3 food donors, a volunteer executive director, a minimal board of directors, and 5 partner agencies. We distributed 5000 lbs of rescued food in insulated food carriers via privately owned vehicles. The diligence of this small group of community minded professionals and those who joined the effort since then has increased those numbers significantly. In 2023 we have experienced 300% growth over 2022 in rescued and distributed food, providing over 1 million meals to the food insecure in our region. We have 142 different businesses that allow us to rescue their excess food. Through our reporting they are able to better manage their business economics and increase employee moral. 43 partner agencies are able to better serve the needs of their clients with nutritious food options that support healthy families, seniors, and the community.

The rapid rate of growth in 2023 along with the economic pressures of inflation has challenged Feed Spokane leadership to find financial resources to keep this mission operational. The entire organization is actively engaged in various initiatives to raise money to support our monthly expenses. At the close of 2022 we had a reserve of just over $40,000.00. We are currently operating month to month on private donations, small grants, and pop-up fundraisers in an effort to carry us through to our next large fundraiser in the Spring of 2024.

If our concentrated efforts are successful to carry us through, we will successfully renegotiate our lease in March of 2024 with the intent to begin work on a capital campaign for the purpose of obtaining a larger distribution center that will enable us to take advantage of larger volume food rescues and expand our list of partner agencies. We have been strategically building our board to enable this expansion with community minded leaders that believe in the mission and are willing to work toward this goal. We will continue to strengthen our operation by formalizing our processes and procedures in an operations manual that will provide guidance and instruction to future volunteers, leaders, and board members through 2024 in preparation for this future growth.

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 shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

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

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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FEED SPOKANE

Board of directors
as of 11/24/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board co-chair

Tami Kennedy


Board co-chair

Kirby Brown

Star Investments

Term: 2023 - 2026

Tami P. Kennedy

Bargreen Ellingson

Kirby Brown

Starr Investments

Jennifer Hillhouse

Atwood & Hillhouse CPAs

Sherry Lewis

Sherrydlewis.com

Allan Battle

Fikes

Dave McGann

Arby’s

Jerry Pederson

Arby’s

Ray Byrne

Spokane Regional Health Department

Andy Dentone

Dentone.net LLC

Meghan Gaia

Horizon Credit Union

Erin Buehler

G2 Civil Engineers

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