Lucilles 1913 Community Kitchen

Redefining Philanthropy

aka Lucille's 1913 Conscious Community Collective   |   Houston, TX   |  www.lucilles1913.org

Mission

Lucille’s 1913 is building a vertically integrated ecosystem that will combat food insecurity and waste; creating training and employment opportunities in traditionally under-resourced neighborhoods; and empowering communities to discover a self sustainable livelihood through food.

Ruling year info

2020

Executive Director

Christopher E Williams

Main address

5512 La Branch Street

Houston, TX 77004 USA

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EIN

85-2070701

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.

Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Through our Collective, our recipients will benefit from the fresh products, while farms and vendors will benefit from a steady cash flow by working directly with us and minimizing waste. Our menus are custom built, born out of our partners’ needs which ensures our clients and food recipients receive fresh nutritious produce every day.

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?

Community Scratch Kitchen

 Community Kitchens: Will serve as culinary job-training programs that address hunger by providing economically disadvantaged adults with the job skills they need to achieve self-sufficiency. Community kitchen graduates leave these programs ready for a career in the food service industry; finding jobs in restaurants, school cafeterias, hospital kitchens, corporate cafeterias and much more. Beyond getting that first job, graduates will have the skills and knowledge to create well-balanced meals and assure a healthier future for their own families.

o Community kitchen students will create meals to feed people in the community.
o Community kitchens will also include a catering program, expanding the educational opportunities for students while raising revenue to support their training activities.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status

Our 2021 Goal is to create 5 new gardens in Houston in or around public housing developments, daycares, and senior centers.

We believe gardens create community, bringing together diverse groups of people through a shared space. Gardens can be incredible tools for developing holistic programming, real world connections, and supporting communities as they learn to empathize and collaborate, creating the next generation of responsive leaders.

Our Collective will ensure that these gardens are sustainable teaching resources in the long term, responsive to each individual community’s vision and needs, and transformative for learning in the community, kitchen, cafeteria, classroom, and beyond.

Population(s) Served
Social and economic status
Farmers
Age groups

Lucille's 1913 seeks to implement more effective ways to keep materials out of polluting landfills and incinerators. Composting and Fermentation not only helps reduce the need for landfills by recycling organic discards, it also brings new business opportunities for local, family-run and community-oriented companies.

As experienced gardeners, we know that there is no substitute for organic compost. Soil nourished with microbes and nutrients makes plants healthier and causes them to grow bigger and sequester more carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. Compost also retains moisture in the soil, which conserves huge amounts of water in drought-prone areas and at the same time absorb excess water during catastrophic floods.

Fermentation further allows exploration of the power to build flavor, preserve food, and enhance health, along with improving ways on how to document and promote these benefits to the public. It will allow
producers, retailers, chefs, scientist, authors, suppliers, and regulators share knowledge, experience and strategies for growth.

Composting, fermentation, and organic gardening create educational opportunities that teach where real food comes from, and to learn how to grow your own food.

Population(s) Served
Age groups
Social and economic status
Farmers
Age groups
Social and economic status
Farmers

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 farmer members of the Coop or suppliers of the SME/Enterprise that are producing crops/products and selling them to the SMEs/Coop/Enterprise

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

No target populations selected

Related Program

Community Gardens

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success

Increasing

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.

Lucille’s 1913 is building a vertically integrated ecosystem that will combat food insecurity and waste; create training and employment opportunities in traditionally under-resourced neighborhoods; and empower communities to discover a self sustainable livelihood through food.

* Use Community Kitchens as a training and empowering tool
* Build gardens to combat food insecurity
* Create Full Circle Farming Models that take projects from seed to harvest, to plate, to fermentations, and composting.
* create training and employment opportunities;
* empower communities to discover a self-sustainable livelihood through the medium of food.

Our Executive Director has an extensive History in the Restaurant industry and our Director of Development has over 25 years of experience in the philanthropy and nonprofit industry.

Since April, we have feed over 200k seniors and economically disadvantages individuals and have successfully started two garden projects.

Our goal is to create at least 5 new gardens yearly.

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 demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
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), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • 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,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We increased the number of meals served, based on recorded need.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners,

  • 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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Lucilles 1913 Community Kitchen

Board of directors
as of 1/28/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Darryl Thomas

Strategic Franchise Consulting

Jennifer Williams

TrustMark

C. Williams

Step Africa

Reginald Browne

Retired: Exxon

Khang Hoang

Lucille's Houston

Teeba Rose

University of Houston

Antoinette Jackson

Banks Law Firm

Benjamin Williams

The Highway Distillery

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 ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 01/20/2021

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
Black/African American/African
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

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