Cultivate Food Rescue

Renewing Hope One Meal at a Time

aka Cultivate Culinary School and Catering Inc.   |   South Bend, IN   |  https://cultivateculinary.com/

Mission

Cultivate Food Rescue is dedicated to organizing our community resources to fight hunger through food rescue.

Ruling year info

2016

Board President and Co-Founder

Jim Conklin

Chief of Operations/ Executive Chef and Co-Founder

Randy Z

Main address

1403 Prairie Avenue

South Bend, IN 46613 USA

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EIN

81-3306113

NTEE code info

Employment Training (J22)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Cultivate Food Rescue is addressing the need to reduce food waste in our community and is simultaneously utilizing the resources gained by rescuing food to address the need to reduce food insecurity amongst the most vulnerable members of our community. Millions of pounds of food are wasted every year and end up in landfills in the United States. Throwing away this much food is terrible for the environment. Meanwhile, families, children, and seniors are going hungry every day in our communities. It may be said that this is a redistribution problem, and we would agree.

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?

Weekend Meals Backpack Program

The Backpack Program provides weekend meals to students in local public schools in three counties in northern Indiana. For a child who struggles with food insecurity, sometimes the best meals they eat all week happen at school. While at home the pantry is empty and the fridge is bare, they can count on a good meal, or sometimes two, during the school day. While local schools do an excellent job at helping these kids during the school week, what happens when they go home for the weekends and come back on Monday?
Cultivate Food Rescue rescues food that has been prepared but not yet served from local dining halls, catering companies, and other businesses, including some of the cafeterias of the schools whose students are participating in the backpack program. This rescued food is picked up by our truck drivers in refrigerated vehicles and brought to our facility, where our talented chef and dedicated volunteers create the frozen meals we send home with children in need each weekend. These meals nourish the children's bodies and provide them with balanced nutrition. This not only helps combat obesity but also sharpens their minds and energizes them so they are able to be physically and mentally present at school. The collective impact of this project will result in better attendance especially Fridays and Mondays.

Population(s) Served

Cultivate rescues food on a large scale. Much of the food we recover cannot be utilized in our frozen meals, such as bread, milk, and vending machine products. We rescue and redistribute thousands of pounds of food to pantries in our area on a weekly basis and have become a generous resource for this network of pantries and community service organizations. We are working to expand not only our reach by increasing the number of partner food donors and food pantries we collaborate with, but also by working to develop relationships that will allow us to purchase at wholesale prices the perishable food items that are in high need amongst the network of food pantries. Often pantry managers must solicit funds for these perishable items such as cheese, milk, fruit, vegetables, and meats and then go out and purchase these items at retail prices to distribute to their clients. As Cultivate works to fill this gap, it will allow us to gain a combined buying power that can be utilized for the benefit of the pantries and for Cultivate.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Children and youth
At-risk youth
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

No target populations selected

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
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

We rescue prepared but never served food from universities, schools, caterers, restaurants, and other retail food businesses. We also rescue food from bulk distributors and grocery stores.

Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

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

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Our fiscal year is July to June so the 2020 number is an estimate for the value of the food we will distribute by 6/30/21. 2019 number is the actual value of the food distributed 7/1/19 to 6/30/20.

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.

Key Goals for 2021:

Deliver 1,000 backpacks of meals to schoolchildren every week

Pilot and expand support network to tri-county food pantries

Train local high school students for promising culinary careers

To reach our goal of distributing backpack program meals to 1000 students a week, we are recruiting additional school districts in St. Joseph, Elkhart, and Marshall counties in northern Indiana.
We have hired a food procurement specialist in order to streamline our rescue and redistribution process and to build solid relationships with community food donors, food pantry administrators, and potential wholesale distributors which we may utilize to purchase perishable food items in bulk for distribution to the pantry network.
We are in the midst of having a custom software system developed which will allow us to quickly list our available products, for the pantry administrators to place orders, and streamline the redistribution process, resulting in a more efficient and timely turn around process.
We are always recruiting new food donors, be that institutions of higher education. caterers, restaurants, grocery store, food retailers, and food distributors in order to increase the pounds of food that we can rescue and reduce the food waste that takes place in our three-county area.

Cultivate Food Rescue has grown exponentially in 2020. The food resources available to us and the community members' need for food increased tremendously with the start of the pandemic. We have been growing and expanding our reach so much that we moved into a much bigger, new building in January of 2020 and had to double the size of our freezer space by July. We have two refrigerated vehicles, a box truck, and a sprinter van that are used for food donation rescue and distribution to the schools and food pantries that we partner within our community. In 2020 we have added 3 new staff members to meet our organization's needs and the potential for further growth is continuing to be seen. We have the financial support of the Community Foundations and United Ways in all three counties where our programs are being implemented and our corporate, organizational, and individual donor base is growing as well.
We could not do what we do without the hundreds of volunteers who give of their time, talent and treasure to make sure our mission is successful. We have over 100 volunteers a week in our facility, prepping food, cooking, packaging meals, and preparing the meals and bulk food for distribution. We are proud to call all of the volunteers who give selflessly to our mission part of the Cultivate Food Rescue Family!

We are currently distributing 850 backpacks weekly in 26 schools. That is 5100 meals a week.
In 2020 alone we rescued over 818,000 pounds of food, distributed over 178,000 frozen meals to students, veterans, seniors, community centers, and food pantries. Our bulk food redistribution to food pantries and community service organizations totaled over 722,000 pounds.
In January of 2021, we reached a milestone, one million pounds of food recovered since our inception.
As we become a foundation of environmental sustainability in the community and as the numbers of our beneficiaries grow every week, our potential to grow as a strong nonprofit that addresses food waste and food insecurity in northern Indiana grows as well. We are looking forward to 2021 and the transformations we can be instrumental in bringing about by reducing food waste and increasing food security in our community.

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 collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Case management notes,

  • 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 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • 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 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 act on the feedback we receive, 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 the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, The people we serve tell us they find data collection burdensome,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Cultivate Food Rescue

Board of directors
as of 2/19/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Jim Conklin

Cultivate Food Rescue

Term: 2017 - 2025

Tom Edgerton

Edgerton Travel

Troy Holland

RSM

Hugh Johnson

J2 Marketing

Lin Burns

Quality Dining

Danielle LaFleur

South Bend Empowerment Zone

Jessica Brookshire

University of Notre Dame Public Affairs

Steve Hunter

Quality Dining

Anna Wasierski

Healthsteps, Inc.

Rachel Rawls

Purdue Extension St. Joseph County

Joan McClendon

University of Notre Dame Mendoza Business College

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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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 ? No
  • 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? No
  • 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

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 02/09/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data