Share My Meals Inc

Save a Meal - Feed a Family - Protect the Planet

aka Share My Meals   |   Princeton, NJ   |  https://sharemymeals.org

Mission

Share My Meals (SMM) is a Princeton, NJ-based nonprofit organization whose mission is to fight both food insecurity and the environmental impact of food waste by recovering and delivering healthy meals to local communities. We aspire to a world where everyone has access to healthy food and no food goes to waste.

Ruling year info

2020

President and Co-Founder

Isabelle Lambotte

Main address

252 Nassau St

Princeton, NJ 08542 USA

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EIN

84-4149439

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS filing requirement

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

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We aspire to a world where everyone has access to healthy food and no food goes to waste. Share My Meals provides a bridge between families needing food and food providers with excess to share. We are committed to fighting food insecurity while preventing food from being wasted, ensuring that excess meals are used to their highest and best potential: to feed people in need. In the past 2.5 years, we have developed an efficient food sourcing and delivery network of donors, volunteers and community partners capable of distributing over 5,000 meals per month in the Princeton area. We have experienced significant growth since our inception in January 2020, delivering more than 140,000 healthy meals to date: we delivered 39,000 meals in 2020, 70,000 meals in 2021, and expect to deliver over 90,000 meals in 2022 to 200 families enrolled in our program and over 1200 individuals through our community partners.

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?

The Meal Recovery Program

The Meal Recovery Program (MRP) is a sustainable food recovery process, approved by the local health department, that distributes surplus meals from the cafeterias of local corporations, schools, universities, and restaurants to food-insecure members of the community.
Our program addresses the intertwined issues of food insecurity and food waste with a unique, tech-enabled model that recovers healthy surplus meals from food providers, and delivers them directly to the homes of families in need instead of sending them to the landfill. No other program in our region recovers prepared meals that would otherwise go to waste and delivers them directly to families in need.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Adults
Families
Non-adult children
Economically disadvantaged people

With the lockdown under COVID-19, we had to adapt our operations and therefore launched the COVID-19 Program. While our original meal suppliers temporarily closed their doors, local restaurants generously agreed to prepare meals for us at cost of goods. Our volunteers picked up the meals from the resturants and delivered them to the home of food insecure families in Princeton and the surrounding area. It was a win-win solution since it allowed the restaurants to keep some staff members employed while also supporting the local community.

Population(s) Served
Families
Non-adult children
Parents
Widows and widowers
Economically disadvantaged people
Families
Non-adult children
Parents
Widows and widowers
Economically disadvantaged people

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.

Success means achieving our mission: feeding people in need by recovering meals. Our goal for 2022 is to deliver 90,000 meals, 70% of which will be recovered, to address the increasing demand from the community, while also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

We started as an all-volunteer operation in January 2020, but it became evident that a small staff was needed to keep operations running smoothly and meet the growing demand for our services. SMM now has a small staff of nine: a Program Director (f/t), a Development Director (p/t), a Volunteers Director (p/t), a Logistics Coordinator (p/t), an Operations Coordinator (p/t), Program Coordinator (p/t) and 3 drivers (p/t).

Programs:
Currently, SMM operates two main programs, the Meal Recovery Program (MRP) and the COVID-19 Program. We also have two complementary programs, a Gleaning Program as an add-on to the MRP, and an Inclusion Program to create jobs for members of the communities we serve.

Our key objectives include:

- Grow our MRP to recover 55,000+ donated meals by strengthening our collaboration with large food service providers and developing new partnerships with local corporations, universities, schools, hotels and other caterers.

- Increase our reach to serve over 250 families in our program and 1,500 individuals by strengthening and developing partnerships with other nonprofit organizations in the Princeton area and beyond.

- Prepare for replication of the model in surrounding communities.

In the past 2.5 years, we have developed an efficient food sourcing and delivery network of donors, volunteers and community partners capable of distributing over 5,000 meals per month in the Princeton area. We have experienced significant growth since our inception in January 2020, delivering more than 136,000 healthy meals to date: we delivered 39,000 meals in 2020, 70,000 meals in 2021, and an expected 90,000 meals in 2022, to 220 families enrolled in our program and over 1200 individuals through our community partners.

Financials

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Share My Meals Inc

Board of directors
as of 08/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Isabelle Lambotte

Karen Lemon

Rider University

Stephanie Didier

Johnson & Johnson

Elisabeth Calvarin

Els Pain

Princeton University

Dina Brewer

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Stan Berteloot

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Diana Pecina

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Helene Lanctuit

Sustainability Strategist

Canan Akyuz

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Uday Raval

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Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/8/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

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Sexual orientation

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