Jee Foods

Together, Let's Starve Out Hunger

HAMILTON, OH   |  jeefoods.org

Mission

JEE Foods will strive to end hunger and poverty in all forms everywhere through employment education and food rescue to create sustainable communities, empowered Individuals, and new opportunities in areas where poverty, and homelessness are most prevalent. We seek to help community organizations, the impoverished, and community members in order break the cycle of poverty by creating a cycle of improvement.

Ruling year info

2018

Chief Executive Officer

Mr. Michael Rivera

Butler County Coordinator

Mr. Levi Grimm

Main address

3371 HAMILTON CLEVES ROAD

HAMILTON, OH 45013 USA

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EIN

82-3983186

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990-PF.

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

In our area (Hamilton, Ohio), roughly 27.7% of people live in poverty. Almost 18.5% of families in our area are food insecure as well. But, in America, we waste approximately 133 billion pounds of food a year, costing the country about $161 billion. This is about 30-40% of our food supply that could have gone towards helping the almost 40 million people nationwide who struggle with 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?

Food Distribution

A means of distributing food to those who are in need.

Population(s) Served
Adults

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.

Total pounds of food rescued

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

Adults, Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

JEE Foods leverages the potential of food that would otherwise be discarded to feed those in-need. Food rescue describes the collection of food from these places. The food is then transformed.

Number of food donation partners

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

Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

JEE Foods relies of food rescue partners to donate excess food and inventory to JEE Foods. Each establishment provides a variety of goods that are combined into meals for those in-need.

Number of students enrolled

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

Other - describing something else

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

JEE Foods is student powered, meaning that students operate the day to day functions of the organization, on the front and back end. An increased number of students means that our staff is growing.

Number of clients served

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

Adults

Related Program

Food Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

JEE Foods distributes food to food insecure students and community members. The number of clients serves includes students on free and reduced lunch along with in-need community members.

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.

We aim to help solve both hunger and poverty. We saw through our research that not only is hunger a problem in our community, but also poverty. Poverty and hunger seem to go hand and hand, so we decided to not only end hunger, but try to end the long and harsh cycle of poverty and hunger.

Our organization takes food from restaurants and grocers to reprocess and then donate back into the community. This helps to maintain nutritional value while giving the food a longer shelf life. Recycled food is donated back into the community to those who are in poverty and hunger. We also take into account the fact that most people who are hungry are in poverty, so we open our doors to volunteers from the community who are in poverty. They help to reprocess the rescued food and earn food for the hours they work. Volunteers also receive food safety training. Working for JEE Foods not only gives volunteers the food they desperately need, but experience and training that they can take with them to future jobs. This makes them more self-sustainable and helps to end the intertwined cycles of hunger and poverty. Most food banks take donations from corporations or the public, which would have still been used. JEE Foods takes food that would have otherwise been wasted simply because of minor bruising or just past the expiration date. JEE is altering the way that people look at their food waste. Something that may not be up to the normal quality standards, due to expiration date or minor bruising, could still be reprocessed and donated. This not only feeds the hungry, but works to reduce the 40% of food wasted in the United States.

JEE Foods is built of the idea of a three prong approach; Jobs, Education, and Economy. JEE offers career opportunities to those in need (Jobs). JEE also broadens our volunteer’s knowledge by providing on the job food training, valuable skills that can be applied to employments elsewhere, and the chance to obtain a food safety certification (Education). With this, our volunteers earn the experience and resources to become financially independent and self sustaining (Economy). JEE Foods also takes a new approach towards ending poverty and hunger. JEE takes food donations from our partners, that would have otherwise been disposed of, and reprocess the donation into a sustainable and usable product.

Throughout JEE’s history, we have donated approximately 1,100 pounds of food back into our community. This has earned us a lot of recognition. JEE Foods has been honored as first place in the SAGE (Students for the Advancement of Global Entrepreneurship) Nationals. We also received first in the SAGE World competition in Durban, South Africa for meeting the Sustainable Development Goals we were assigned to. JEE Foods has also been asked to speak for the United Nations three times. Through our accomplishments, we have been able to partner with more organizations who share the same goals that we do. The next steps for JEE Foods include developing a mobile grocery store which will allow us to make fresh produce and other foodstuffs available to surrounding communities considered food deserts by the USDA.

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?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client 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,

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our community partners,

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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to get honest feedback from the people we serve,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Jee Foods

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Thomas O'Neill

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 3/23/2020

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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

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/23/2020

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Data
  • 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 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 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.