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MANNA CONEJO VALLEY FOOD BANK

To Feed Hungry People in the Conejo Valley

aka Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank/ Manna Conejo Valley Food Pantry/ Manna   |   Thousand Oaks, CA   |  www.mannaconejo.org

Mission

"To feed hungry people in the Conejo Valley"

Ruling year info

1979

Executive Director

Leanne Portzel

Main address

Po Box 1114

Thousand Oaks, CA 91358 USA

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EIN

95-3413415

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Manna Conejo Valley Food Bank works daily to serve our neighbors facing food insecurity. Given the high cost of living in the Conejo Valley, many struggle to keep their pantries and refrigerators stocked. Those affected include some of our most vulnerable neighbors--seniors living on fixed incomes, those living with disabilities, and the underemployed. Manna helps our clients by providing fresh food and pantry staples that they can choose for free, allowing them to use income for housing, medication or other needs.

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 Food Pantry

A choice-model pantry that allows clients to choose from a wide variety of pantry items rather than receive a pre-packaged bag or box. This method promotes not only a strong sense of dignity among clients, but is an effective distribution method because clients choose food items they know and like. Manna clients can visit the pantry twice a month and leave with an average of 120 lbs of food.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people
People with disabilities
Adults

Basic needs food bags filled with easy open, non-perishable food items are pre-bagged and made ready for quick distribution in emergency situations.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people
Adults
People with disabilities

Where we work

Affiliations & memberships

Better Business Bureau

United Way Member Agency

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

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

Adults, Children and youth, Ethnic and racial groups, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Community Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total pounds of food rescued

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

Adults, Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Community Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Manna works with several local grocery stores to receive food that would otherwise be thrown away. We average 7000lbs a month in recovered food.

Number of food donation partners

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

Adults, Children and youth, At-risk youth, Economically disadvantaged people, Immigrants and migrants

Related Program

Community Food Pantry

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

In 2022, we benefitted from than 100 food drives, picked up food from grocery stores 4 days a week, and had an average of 5 individual donations per day.

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.

Manna's plans to distribute more than 300,000 pounds of food in 2023. We are working with our community to improve food distribution and food recovery. We continue to work to engage the community through outreach and education, maintain organizational and financial stability, and encourage innovation to create a stronger food insecurity safety net.

To accomplish this goal, Manna moved into a new facility. This larger facility has allowed us to receive, process, and distribute an increased amount of food.

Additionally, Manna is committed to increasing the quantity of nutritionally rich foods to enhance the health of our seniors and more vulnerable clients, through partnerships with senior programs and outreach to youth programs that focus on low-income children.

Our goal is to create vibrant partnerships to efficiently move food into the hands, and onto the tables, of vulnerable families so that they can put a hearty meal on the table instead of going without.

Manna's strategy fulfill its goal is to increase collaborations with all six cities in our service area and to successfully complete its capital campaign to boost the collection and distribution of food to those who need it most. We will do this by:

Creating & Strengthening Food Rescue Partnerships: Manna collects food via a network of retail rescue programs, farmer's markets, community gardens and home gardens, collecting an average of 10,000 pounds of food each month that would otherwise go to waste. Local food drives are conducted to collect non-perishable foods for our pantry. Manna has built cooperative relationships with local meat suppliers in order to purchase quality protein, at reduced prices, to augment what we receive from rescue programs.

Sort & Inventory Food: All food donations come to our facility and are weighed, sorted, inspected and put into inventory rotation. Our new facility allows us to maximize the efficiency of food processing and warehousing with a larger facility.

Food Distribution: Manna consistently serves more than 225 families per month, often they visit twice a month, so that total number of individuals served monthly is over 900. We currently partner with local senior programs to meet the needs of home bound seniors through a mobile food distribution program. We also partner with a local veterans agency to coordinate their visits to our pantry. As needed we also work with local medical and homeless outreach programs to provide food, thereby serving more food to more people in need in our community. An ongoing partnership with a local foster families and foster youth nonprofit allows us to stock their small food pantry and distribute 15-20 prepacked bags of food to families in need.

Our new facility that we are still raising fund for has allowed us to:

Increase the quantity of food that we are able to store and distribute (eg, we can now purchase 1000lbs of chicken at a time instead of 200lbs, providing us with a greater discounted price)

•Reduce stress and support client dignity with shorter wait times in an environment that is sensitive to their emotional as well as basic needs.

•Reach out to those who are unable to access the food pantry. We have increased the number of our volunteers that provide food delivery to those homebound seniors who cannot come to the pantry.

•Attract more volunteers and partners like philanthropic groups and retailers who have food donations programs. We have already added one additional grocery store and are working on the second.

Operating since 1971, Manna has become the Conejo Valley's oldest and most respected hunger relief organization. We have built a strong relationship with community partners, businesses and corporations, schools, service and faith-based organizations, and volunteers, who donate food, work the pantry, sort and organize food, and pick-up rescued food six-days a week.

Through community partnerships, 97% of all distributed food is donated or rescued by the community, with protein being the only purchased item. Overhead costs run 7% of budget so that more money goes directly to programs and services, thereby helping more people in need more often.

Manna is unique in the realm food panties. We do not just distribute food to families on scheduled pantry days, but we actively solicit, pick-up, process and inventory thousands of pounds of food each week, making us a hybrid between a food bank and a food pantry. For more than five decades our community has wholeheartedly supported this model, which has made us the largest pantry in the area. At the completion of our capital campaign we will have a larger pantry, receiving and processing area, and more warehouse space, firmly positioning ourselves to serve the community for the next 50 years.

In 2022, we added 246 new client families, so our work in outreach and education is paying off as we are reaching. more people in need of food. We also increased the amount of perishable food rescued by establishing a new relationship with a local grocery store. With our larger facility, we continue to talk with local nonprofits as well as city officials to determine how we can best support our community in the food recovery and food distribution areas.

The focus of our expansion will continue to be acquiring foods rich in nutrition, fresh produce and quality dairy and meat items. The role Manna can play in improving health through better nutrition is becoming more and more important as our community ages. We have the ability to have a positive impact on people's lives through senior programs, medical and dental outreach programs, and quality of life programs.

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 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 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, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is hard to come up with good questions to ask people, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback

Financials

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Operations

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

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MANNA CONEJO VALLEY FOOD BANK

Board of directors
as of 06/28/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Darin Arrasmith

Jane Rosner

Doctor of Audiology/Owner of West Valley Hearing Center

Veronica Ellias

Laritech, Inc

Karen Ingram

Director, Community Services, Lanterman Regional Center

Aaron Podell

VP Banking Services Manager

Russell Smith

Business Consultant

Cameron Parton

Director, Food Services, La Reina High School

Kyle Lundberg

Financial Advisor, Edward Jones

David Masci

Attorney

Leanne Portzel

Exec Director, Manna

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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/18/2023

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
Female
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/18/2023

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 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.