Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

Groceries for Seniors

Fighting Hunger One Grocery Bag at a Time

San Francisco, CA   |  www.groceriesforseniors.org

Mission

To provide consistent weekly delivery of well balanced, wholesome free bags of groceries to well over over 1000 low-income senior citizen households throughout the city of San Francisco, allowing those individuals to use what financial resources they have to stay healthy, live independently and remain active in the community.

Notes from the nonprofit

We are celebrating our 20th year in service and are proud to say "we have not missed a single scheduled delivery of groceries in all 20 years or service."

Ruling year info

1999

President

Mr. David Philpott

Main address

660 California St

San Francisco, CA 94108 USA

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EIN

94-3329611

Cause area (NTEE code) info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

Human Service Organizations (P20)

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

The need that our organization addresses is to provide senior citizens residing in San Francisco low-income apartments with a free weekly bag of groceries delivered to the lobby of their apartment buildings. By so doing, we are not only getting much needed food to residents in need, but are also addressing the issue of "food insecurity". To get food for one day is a good thing - but to not know where your next meals are coming from is beyond distressing. So, by providing weekly delivery of free groceries to the individuals we serve, we not only address they're needs for a given day - they know we will be back the following week - and the week after that, and so on.

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?

Groceries for Seniors - free delivery

We provide home delivery of over 1000 bags of wholesome groceries to low-income seniors residing in apartment buildings in San Francisco, CA

Population(s) Served
Aging, elderly, senior citizens

Where we work

Charting impact

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

What is the organization aiming to accomplish?

Our organization is aiming to (and does) provide over 1000 free bags of groceries weekly to seniors living in low-income apartments throughout San Francisco, CA on an ongoing basis (and as we have for 20 years) week after week. We are hoping to, at the very least, relive those we serve from suffering from food insecurity and allow them to spend what little money they have in staying healthy and engaged in their communities.

Our strategies for making this happen include: Maintaining our relationship with the providers of our work space - which is at Old Saint Mary's Cathedral in San Francisco's vibrant Chinatown. While we are a non-denominational organization, we are the beneficiaries of having Old Saint Mary's Cathedral's auditorium space in the church basement in which to receive bulk food and break it down into individual grocery bags. We do this by being great stewards of the space we use and have provided kitchen cleaning and floor maintenance assistance as needed as thanks for use of the space we are granted. Maintaining our long-standing and great association with the San Francisco-Marin Food Bank. We get the bulk of our food from the SF-Marin Food Bank and they are incredible partners in our efforts, Maintaining and BUILDING our relationships with individual and Foundation donors in order to keep our hard cost overhead (delivery van, 2 part time salaries, supplies, etc.) covered.

We have met our goals for the last nineteen years and I am confident we can do so moving forward. We have the support structures in place to continue our mission into our 20th year (in 2019) and beyond. When our sole delivery van was rendered un-drivable by a hit and run driver in 2016, we rented a van that morning and made our deliveries - we found a way. When our workspace was rendered unusable due to required renovations, we moved to another church who let us use their space for a time - we found a way. Recently, when one of the refrigerators we use to maintain the food we distribute correctly went out, we were able to find a location to preserve the food until the $1,400.00 repair was made - we found a way. At the end of our day, it is truly the support of the donors who understand what we do and help us by providing the funds we need for things as mundane as the daily supplies, keep gas in the delivery van - or fixing the refrigerator. And we have been fortunate to have that!

We have one program and we will know whether or not we are a success by how well we execute our mission statement - which is: To provide home delivery of free bags of wholesome groceries to low-income seniors residing in apartments throughout San Francisco, CA so that they can use what little money they have to stay healthy and engaged in their communities. Although our reach is limited due to the part time nature of what we do - we know if we are making progress if we continue to deliver over 1000 bags of groceries to our recipients week in and week out. In my four years of involvement with our organization as Program Director - we have never missed a scheduled delivery. If we continue to do that - I would consider it progress!

Our organization was built by our late founder, John Meehan. A gentleman who underwent a difficult childhood which included periods of food deprivation based on financial constraints. He moved to San Francisco in the late 1960's and got on the wrong side of the law in a petty theft situation. In jail for a short period of time, he vowed that when he got out he would do something good - and he did. He graduated from SF State and in 1983 he founder the precursor to Groceries for Seniors - "the Haight Ashbury Soup Kitchen". That organization morphed into the home delivery model of Groceries for Seniors in 1999. John, most unfortunately, died in 2013 and the organization staggered for a bit, but our current program director came on board in 2014 and we have been meeting our goals throughout those challenges What's next for us, after achieving our 20th year of service in 2019 - - with your support, 20 more years!

Financials

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Operations

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Groceries for Seniors

Board of directors
as of 10/19/2019
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

David Philpott

David Phillpott

Shawn Calhoun

Lynwood Russell

Kevin Leong

Sean Brooks

Todd Sayres

Carl Gayden

Michael Morgan

Patrick Daly

Cindy Short

Molly Conklin

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 ? 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

Keywords

Seniors, Hunger, Low-ncome