aka MEANS Database   |   Washington, DC   |

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EIN: 47-4262060

Mission is an online platform connecting organizations with extra food to communities in need, championing sustainability by diverting edible food away from landfills. All for free.

Notes from the nonprofit

Save Food. Feed People. Our vision is to put an end to food insecurity and food waste. and we believe YOU can help us do that!

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Sammie Paul

Main address

4410 Massachusetts Ave NW #397

Washington, DC 20016 USA

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Formerly known as

MEANS Database



Subject area info

Food security

Food aid

Population served info

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

Tax forms



What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Food insecurity and food waste are two issues our country is witnessing. And yet, one is the solution for the other. MEANS bridges the gap between the two by connecting excess food with communities in need, through a web-based platform and by providing transportation when need be.

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?

Reducing food waste and feeding communities in need

Too often grocery stores and restaurants find themselves throwing out food when there is great need in nearby communities. MEANS Database's core program is modernizing food recovery by connecting excess food to nearby nonprofits. Since 2015, MEANS has successfully recovered and rerouted more than 24 million pounds of food to those in need.
MEANS is an online platform where businesses with excess food are connected to nearby nonprofit emergency food providers, like soup kitchens, homeless shelters, and food banks. MEANS aims to make it easier to donate food than throw it in the dumpster at no cost for the recipient charities.
Charities create an online account with MEANS, registering their contact information, location, the kind(s) of foods they are searching for, and the distance they are willing or able to travel to pick up those goods. They are then notified by email or text when excess goods in their categories of interest are available in the area they indicated.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Homeless people

Where we work


L'Oreal Women of Worth 2015


Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Total pounds of food rescued

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

Reducing food waste and feeding communities in need

Type of Metric

Context - describing the issue we work on

Direction of Success


Context Notes

For 2023, we are at 15,548,463.0 lbs of recovered food already (July 2023).

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.

- Reduce Food Waste
- End Food Insecurity

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 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 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

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 10.65 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 6.3 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 7% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $71,223 $3,057,616 -$2,993,957 $344,651
As % of expenses 35.4% 180.8% -88.3% 51.6%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $71,223 $3,057,308 -$2,994,572 $344,036
As % of expenses 35.4% 180.8% -88.3% 51.4%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $272,229 $4,746,007 $395,546 $1,013,026
Total revenue, % change over prior year 0.0% 1643.4% -91.7% 156.1%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
All other grants and contributions 100.0% 99.8% 97.4% 100.0%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.2% 2.6% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $201,006 $1,691,107 $3,389,503 $668,375
Total expenses, % change over prior year 0.0% 741.3% 100.4% -80.3%
Personnel 61.7% 15.8% 10.5% 52.6%
Professional fees 27.5% 82.7% 88.2% 38.2%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.1% 0.4% 0.0%
All other expenses 10.8% 1.3% 0.9% 9.2%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $201,006 $1,691,415 $3,390,118 $668,990
One month of savings $16,751 $140,926 $282,459 $55,698
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $3,076 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $217,757 $1,835,417 $3,672,577 $724,688

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 5.5 22.9 0.7 9.0
Months of cash and investments 5.5 22.9 0.7 9.0
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 5.3 22.3 0.5 8.9
Balance sheet composition info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $91,957 $3,229,130 $197,785 $499,766
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $186 $12,601
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $0 $3,076 $3,076 $3,076
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 10.0% 30.0% 50.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.0% 2.6% 24.9% 4.5%
Unrestricted net assets $89,241 $3,146,549 $151,977 $496,013
Temporarily restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $2,716 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $91,957 $3,146,549 $151,977 $496,013

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No


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

Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Sammie Paul

Sammie has worked with MEANS for more than six years, starting as an Outreach Volunteer and wearing many hats as she continues to work with MEANS to grow and expand its impact nationally as Executive Director. She has a history of service with public health nonprofits both in the United States with SOS Children’s Villages and abroad with Lea Toto in Nairobi, Kenya. Sammie is currently located in NYC, and in her free time loves going to concerts and enjoying the restaurant scene.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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There are no highest paid employees recorded for this organization.

Board of directors
as of 02/15/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board of directors data
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Board chair

Maria Rose Belding

Maria Rose Belding

MEANS Database

Julia Shullman


Grant Nelson


Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section.

  • 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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/4/2023

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Multi-Racial/Multi-Ethnic (2+ races/ethnicities)
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation


Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/09/2024

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

  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • 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 use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • 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.