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Child Hunger Outreach Partners

#CHOPOutHunger®️

aka CHOP   |   TOWANDA, PA   |  https://www.chopouthunger.org/

Mission

The mission of Child Hunger Outreach Partners (CHOP) is to create an entire generation that doesn’t know hunger through innovative and collaborative outreach partnerships.

Notes from the nonprofit

We mean what we say when we state that our mission is to create a generation of children who do not know hunger. We are constantly seeking new partnerships and service areas. If you are interested in our innovative organization or have any questions, please reach out.

Ruling year info

2019

CEO/Founder

Danielle Ruhf

Main address

2 ELIZABETH STREET

TOWANDA, PA 18848 USA

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EIN

83-3319637

NTEE code info

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

The mission of Child Hunger Outreach Partners is to create an entire generation that doesn't know hunger through innovative and collaborative partnerships. The organization began when Dani Ruhf, Founder and CEO, found out from her daughter on the first day of middle school that if students did not have lunch money, they didn't eat. Dani went to work by creating a backpack program for students to take food home weekly to cover the meals they would typically miss over the weekend and in addition, also created an in-school pantry for one school in 2019. Since then, Child Hunger Outreach Partners has grown to serve over 25,000 students weekly in over thirteen counties in Pennsylvania. CHOP is expanding its services to more areas to assist with the increasing need.

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?

Backpack Program

The Backpack Program is most popular among lower grade levels.
Each Friday, students who are registered in the program are sent
home with two breakfasts and dinners, two fruits, and five-ten healthy
snacks. There are not any income guidelines, and the bags are placed
discreetly in students’ backpacks to ensure they are brought home.
The Backpack Program helps to combat the weekend meal gap for
students who might otherwise go hungry.

Population(s) Served

The In-School Pantry Program has helped close the gap for teens
experiencing food insecurity. Often times, there is stigma around
adolescents when it comes to hunger, which is why CHOP utilizes
the In-School Pantry to normalize pantry use. This self-serve model
is available daily and self-policed. It also teaches students to selfadvocate for their needs, as well as the needs of their siblings.

Population(s) Served

Pop Up Pantries allow us to come into a community with a box
truck full of food for direct distribution. Distribution boxes include
pantry staples and fresh produce, frozen meats, and dairy. Boxed
food is distributed to families using a drive-thru model, helping with
anonymity.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Children and youth
Children and youth

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 children served

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Backpack Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Weekly numbers

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.

Child Hunger Outreach Partners provides food access to food insecure school aged children. The backpack program sends food home on Fridays with two breakfasts and dinners, two fruits or vegetables, and five to ten healthy snacks. The bags are placed discreetly in the students backpacks so that they don't go hungry over the weekend. In-School Pantries assists teens and their siblings to close the gap for teens that are experiencing food insecurity. The daily In-School Pantry helps to reduce the stigma around hunger and normalizes the use of the pantry for students. It also teaches students to self-advocate for their needs. Summer Food Programs provide food insecure children access to food within the community, often during summer programs that are sponsored by libraries, community centers, and other locations.

By using our In School Pantry and Backpack programs, we quickly and efficiently close the meal gap in the counties we serve by ensuring our numbers of children served continue to rise until they meet Feeding America’s “Map the Meal” latest statistics for child food insecurity. Our innovative approach to base progress strictly off statistics is what sets us apart from other organizations and in the end, is what allows us to truly address the root cause of generational poverty, childhood hunger.

Child Hunger Outreach Partners has two branches in Pennsylvania. We added our second branch in Scranton Pennsylvania. That location allows us to be logistically set up to better address the root cause of generational poverty by addressing hunger in children from pre-school through college to more areas of Pennsylvania.

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 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 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 act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

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

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Child Hunger Outreach Partners

Board of directors
as of 02/06/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. J. Conrad Bosley

Realty Network

Micah Woodard

Farley Accounting

Sherri Cooney

Laura Wulff

Joseph Snyder

Deanna Watkins

Henry Dunn

J. Conrad Bosley

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/6/2024

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/28/2023

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Data
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • 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.