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Student LunchBox, Inc

Fighting Food Insecurity Among College Students

aka Student LunchBox   |   Los Angeles, CA   |  https://www.studentlunchbox.org/

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Mission

Student LunchBox (SLB) is a nonprofit charitable organization committed to fighting food insecurity among college students. We participate in efforts to rescue and recover food and other essentials for economically disadvantaged college students to reduce the hardships of hunger and foster academic success. By addressing the pivotal challenge of food and financial insecurity, Student LunchBox empowers students to achieve their academic goals, unlock their full potential, and successfully graduate from their academic journey.

Ruling year info

2020

Chief Executive Officer

Karlen Nurijanyan

Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer

Marco Gonzalez

Main address

10401 Venice Blvd Ste 462

Los Angeles, CA 90034 USA

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EIN

85-2482031

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Campus hunger is a growing crisis, with 66% of students reporting food insecurity in 2023, up from 39% in the 2018-2019 academic year. This insecurity disrupts students ability to concentrate, exacerbates mental health issues, and leads to physical fatigue. Economic pressures force students to choose between tuition, housing, or food, often leading to detrimental trade-offs like skipping meals or choosing low-quality food options. These hardships result in poor academic performance, decreased graduation rates, and a cycle of poverty. Many students, particularly those supporting families, find it increasingly difficult to sustain living expenses due to rising tuition and living costs. Student LunchBox (SLB) aims to alleviate these challenges through a comprehensive food assistance program, benefiting an average of 4,500 unduplicated students (10,000+ returning) per month. SLBs innovative model addresses these issues while respecting students preference for anonymity when receiving aid.

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?

Next Meal Network: Campus Collaboration for Food Security

The SLB program focuses on sourcing and recovering food from local businesses, food banks, community-based organizations, and community members to provide weekly access to healthy and nutritious food to low-income college students. To build a bridge between food recovery and campus hunger, SLB develops partnerships with colleges and universities to provide them with weekly food donations and organizes mobile markets to support thousands of students each month. Through our comprehensive food assistance program, SLB brings about profound positive changes in the lives of college students and our communities. With an average of 4,500 unduplicated college students benefiting from services monthly, SLB is poised to make a substantial impact by alleviating financial burdens, reducing stress and improving academic performance.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Students
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed 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.

Average number of service recipients per month

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

Next Meal Network: Campus Collaboration for Food Security

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

The metrics demonstrate a significant expansion in our college partnerships. As we broaden our services to encompass more institutions each year, we observe a substantial increase in students served.

Number of food donation partners

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

Next Meal Network: Campus Collaboration for Food Security

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Target population: College Students

Total pounds of food rescued

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

Next Meal Network: Campus Collaboration for Food Security

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Target population: College Students

Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

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

Next Meal Network: Campus Collaboration for Food Security

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Target population: College Students

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.

SLB's primary focus is to promote and enhance students' overall health and well-being while supporting and encouraging their academic achievements by expanding access to healthy food options for those experiencing financial insecurity, food insecurity, and homelessness. SLB recognizes the importance of addressing these basic needs to ensure students can thrive and succeed academically. The following are specific goals and objectives:

A. To reduce food insecurity among college students by providing them with nutritious and culturally appropriate food within Los Angeles County to reach all campuses that express need and demand for SLB services.

B. To build a sustainable model for addressing college hunger that can be replicated and scaled statewide and nationwide.

C. To promote student success and well-being by addressing food insecurity as a critical barrier to academic achievement and retention.

D. To advocate for policy changes that address the root causes of college hunger and food insecurity.

Student LunchBox (SLB) aims to alleviate financial stress and enhance the quality of life for college students by providing nutritious meals, saving them an average of $400 monthly. This support allows students to focus on their education, not hunger, leading to improved health, well-being, and academic performance. SLBs efforts also contribute to economic growth by preparing a well-nourished workforce, reducing the stigma around campus hunger, and breaking the cycle of poverty. With skyrocketing inflation, the challenge of campus hunger is escalating, making SLBs mission more crucial than ever.

To build a bridge between food recovery and campus hunger, SLB develops partnerships with colleges and universities that already have established campus food pantries with an infrastructure to conduct weekly distributions. Within such partnerships, SLB steps in with thousands of pounds of weekly food deliveries to support the ongoing fight against campus hunger.

Additionally, SLB builds partnerships with private, vocational, and other community colleges and universities that lack basic needs programs. By selecting suitable distribution sites and establishing on-campus pantries, these colleges become SLB's satellite pantries where students have access to nutritious food every week.

Lastly, SLB extends services to colleges without on-campus food pantries through distribution and event organization. The program involves delivering fresh produce and groceries directly to students by organizing mobile food markets on partner college campuses.

SLB has purposefully crafted this program in collaboration with partner colleges to enable college students to have access to food at any time without leaving the college premises. By doing so, valuable time and money are saved that can be allocated to other critical expenses such as tuition, books and other college expenses, housing, and other essential needs.

Student LunchBox (SLB) is adept at maximizing impact while maintaining low operating costs. In the initial phase of partnerships, SLB works closely with each institution, ensuring they designate a team to efficiently manage the distribution of goods. SLBs strategic approach includes a rigorous weekly meeting schedule with partner colleges to monitor the programs impact and ensure compliance. This enables SLB to serve thousands of students monthly and expand its service area without additional expenses. This successful and efficient model has proven effective in addressing college food insecurity in Los Angeles County, demonstrating SLBs capabilities in meeting its goals.

From the onset of 2020 through the culmination of 2023, Student LunchBox (SLB) has witnessed remarkable growth and an unwavering commitment to student nourishment and well-being. impacting an astounding 77,220 unique individuals. Among these were 23,592 new students who embraced the partner pantry programs, a testament to SLBs expanding reach. The total visits soared to 167,044, reflecting the trust and reliance placed in SLBs mission to combat food insecurity on campus. This remarkable engagement underscores the organizations vital role in supporting students well-being and academic success.

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 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 inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, 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 collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, 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 look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive

  • 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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Student LunchBox, Inc

Board of directors
as of 03/26/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Karlen Nurijanyan

Student LunchBox, Inc

Marco Gonzalez

Lincoln Avenue Communities

Janine Roberts

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Armine Badalyan

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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 ? Yes
  • 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? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/23/2024

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Hispanic/Latino/Latina/Latinx
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 03/21/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • 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 seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • 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.