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LOAVES & FISHES FOOD PANTRY INC

Your Healthy Food Pantry

aka Loaves & Fishes   |   Charlottesville, VA   |  www.cvilleloaves.org
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LOAVES & FISHES FOOD PANTRY INC

EIN: 45-1498743


Mission

THE MISSION OF LOAVES & FISHES IS TO GIVE FOOD WITH KINDNESS AND COMPASSION TO THOSE SEEKING ASSISTANCE WHILE PROVIDING AN OPPORTUNITY FOR VOLUNTEERS TO SERVE THEIR NEIGHBORS IN CHARLOTTESVILLE AND SURROUNDING COMMUNITIES.

Ruling year info

2011

Executive Director

Ms. Jane Colony Mills

Main address

2050 Lambs Rd

Charlottesville, VA 229018978 USA

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EIN

45-1498743

Subject area info

Food banks

Population served info

Children and youth

Adults

LGBTQ people

Heterosexuals

Women and girls

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NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

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

Communication

Blog

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Loaves & Fishes' mission is to give food with kindness and compassion to those seeking assistance while providing an opportunity for volunteers to help their neighbors. We give at least 100 lbs. of healthy food per household to anyone who comes to the pantry, customized for their dietary, health, and cultural preferences. In 2023, Loaves & Fishes gave 2.4M lbs. of food (64% fresh produce, dairy, bread or frozen meat) to 18,938 unique individuals in 27,212 visits. Because we believe the respectful response to people needing food is to provide the equivalent of about a week’s worth of groceries - milk, eggs, meat, fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, and shelf-stable items, similar to what they would purchase in a grocery store - we have bought milk and eggs since 2018. With increasing need, we now need to purchase fresh produce and meat to supplement what we rescue from nine local groceries and order from the food bank.

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?

Distribute Free Groceries to Low-Income Families

Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry distributes free groceries to under-resourced families in Charlottesville and all surrounding counties. We rescue food from nine local grocery stores each week, inspect, sort, and combine it with food donated by and purchased from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and donations from the community, and purchase foods not available by donation to distribute 7 days worth of food per person, per visit to people to anyone who visits the pantry. In 2023 Loaves & Fishes gave out 2.4 million pounds of food, 64% of which was fresh produce, dairy, bread, and frozen meat, to 100,235 individuals, a 33% increase from 2022.

Staff who speak English, Spanish, and/or Farsi/Pashto/Arabic review specific dietary needs and a brief menu of available food with each visiting household so they receive a customized grocery cart containing a minimum of 100 pounds of food, including a variety of fresh fruits, vegetables, milk, eggs, and bakery items, frozen meat, and shelf-stable food.

Population(s) Served
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities
Economically disadvantaged people

Loaves & Fishes uses 125 volunteers each week to inspect and sort donated food, pre-bag food for distributions and deliveries, register pantry visitors, answer phones, direct traffic during distributions, and load and push grocery carts to pantry visitors.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Retired people
Students
People with disabilities

Loaves & Fishes' full-time registered dietitian nutritionist (RDN) focuses on providing healthy food to pantry visitors by determining daily which foods provide the best nutritional content; giving cooking classes, food samples, and recipes to pantry visitors and discussing with them dietary restrictions or health concerns; publishing a monthly Nutrition to Go newsletter in English and Spanish that includes recipes, food preparation and storage tips, and information about current foods available at the pantry.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Low-income people
Immigrants and migrants

Loaves & Fishes partners with other agencies serving under-resourced community members to ensure that people know where to access adequate healthy food and other services they may need. Region 10, Piedmont Housing Alliance, Salvation Army, The Haven, The Crossings, Alliance for Interfaith Ministries, International Neighbors, the IRC, and other food pantries including Emergency Food Network regularly pick up food from Loaves & Fishes for their clients. In 2023, Loaves & Fishes distributed 44,000 pounds of food through these partnerships. UVA and Sentara Martha Jefferson Hospitals, area Departments of Social Service, Abundant Life, Love INC, and many others refer those in need of food to Loaves & Fishes for help, and in turn, Loaves & Fishes refers pantry visitors to resources for housing and rent support, employment assistance, transportation, and health care.

Population(s) Served

Since June 2020, Loaves & Fishes has partnered with Book Baskets, whose volunteers go car-to-car in the parking lot during Loaves & Fishes food distributions, giving gender- and age-specific books to children whose families are picking up food.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Awards

Sustainability Leadership Award 2023

University of Virginia Dept. of Sustainability

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Pounds of produce distributed

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

Distribute Free Groceries to Low-Income Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Increased donations from local groceries, farms, and produce distributors allows Loaves & Fishes to offer healthier options to those seeking assistance that may improve their health.

Total pounds of food rescued

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

Distribute Free Groceries to Low-Income Families

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Pounds of fresh produce distributed per year

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

Distribute Free Groceries to Low-Income Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of food donation partners

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

Distribute Free Groceries to Low-Income Families

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of people within the organization's service area accessing food aid

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

Distribute Free Groceries to Low-Income Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of children served

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

Distribute Free Groceries to Low-Income Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of clients served

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

Distribute Free Groceries to Low-Income Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Number of families served

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

Distribute Free Groceries to Low-Income Families

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Total dollar value of produce distributed

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

Distribute Free Groceries to Low-Income Families

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Total dollars received in contributions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Loaves & Fishes’ primary program is providing at least 100 lbs. per household of a variety of healthy food to
anyone who comes to the pantry. The food we give out comes from three primary sources: food we rescue from
nine local grocery stores, USDA shelf-stable and frozen foods and other large-quantity food donations we order
from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, and milk and eggs that we purchase bi-weekly. Each day, our registered
dietitian nutritionist and warehouse staff select from available rescued, donated, and purchased food to provide a
balanced, healthy 7 days' worth of food for everyone in each visiting household: at least 20 lbs. of fresh produce,
~10 lbs. of meats or alternate proteins, milk, eggs, and shelf-stable foods. The dietitian educates our visitors on
healthy eating by giving out food samples and recipes, offering cooking classes, and consulting with pantry visitors to ensure that the food they receive is something they will eat, is culturally appropriate, and supports health conditions (i.e., diabetes, high cholesterol).

The people who get food at Loaves & Fishes share one commonality: all do not have enough money to buy enough
healthy, nutritious food to get themselves and their household members through a month. In 2023, 37% of the
households visiting Loaves & Fishes for groceries were new but food insecurity in the greater Charlottesville area is not, with 23% of Charlottesville residents living in poverty. Loaves & Fishes provides food to anyone who comes
seeking assistance, but pantry visitors automatically qualify to receive all of the food we offer, including USDA food that we order from the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank, if they receive SNAP (food stamp) benefits, Temporary
Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or Medicaid. Twenty-seven percent of
those who got food at Loaves in 2023 self-identified as receiving SNAP, 2% received TANF, 11% received SSI, and
39%, Medicaid. Visiting households can receive USDA food once a week; however, because the number of people
seeking our assistance is so high, we do limit households to getting all of our groceries, including purchased milk
and eggs and produce, to two times a month.

Loaves & Fishes provides free groceries to children, adults, and seniors of all ethnicities and abilities; people who
qualify for federal benefits like SNAP, Medicaid, and WIC and undocumented people who don’t; residents of
Charlottesville, Albemarle, and all surrounding counties; the "working poor" who struggle with the expenses of
living in our area. These are our neighbors who need Loaves & Fishes’ help to access enough healthy food, including vital proteins and fresh produce, each month. People in our community want and deserve fresh food, but because it is so expensive (particularly in the past year), they might instead eat lower-cost, processed, and fast-food, which increases the risk of tooth loss and of developing chronic diseases like hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, and high cholesterol.

In a January 2024 pantry visitor survey, we learned that the majority are very satisfied with the food they receive - the quantity, variety, and healthiness - but 25% throw out food they receive at Loaves & Fishes because it spoils before they can eat it or because they believe that food dates indicate it is no longer safe to eat. The reality is that much of the food available to the charitable food world is close to its “Sell By/Best By” date, particularly the food we rescue from area grocery stores, and while we invest time and labor into sorting and giving food we wouldn’t eat ourselves to pig farmers, some of what our visitors receive, like bagged salads, berries, and cut fruit, must be consumed quickly. Food dating also confuses many, particularly those who are new to the US food manufacturing system, with Best By, Sell By, Use By, and Freeze By dates giving many consumers the impression that the food is spoiled after those dates. We are increasing our efforts to educate our visitors on the safety of the food they receive, how to preserve or use up foods that don’t last long, and are seeking new food sources that will allow us to provide more "1st quality" food that lasts longer.

Loaves & Fishes offers healthier fresh foods and the tools to teach our visitors how to prepare and enjoy them with the hope that, by improving the food our visitors consume, we will improve health outcomes. We started cooking classes where we are teaching participants knife and cooking skills and how to make meals from whatever you have in your kitchen, and are sending them home with a knife set and cutting board and food for the week. UVA Stroke Clinic, the UVA Cancer Center, UVA’s Latino Health Initiative, and InnovAge to speak with pantry visitors about their programs while they wait in the parking lot to pick up food. Loaves & Fishes volunteers also are doing SNAP (food stamp) benefit education to help pantry visitors learn if they are eligible and help them enroll.

Loaves & Fishes is committed to helping anyone seeking assistance toward more positive health outcomes through consistent access to healthy food, participatory nutrition education, and health awareness

Loaves & Fishes rescues food from local grocers, combines it with food ordered from the food bank, community donations, and purchased food not available through donation, and distributes 7 days’ of food per visit to community members whose monthly expenses limit their access to healthy food. Our registered dietitian nutritionist determines which foods to give out at each distribution based on nutritional content and equips visitors with the knowledge and skills to prepare and cook nutritious meals. Loaves & Fishes strives to always offer healthy fresh foods and the tools to teach our visitors how to prepare and enjoy them.

While there are multiple organizations in the greater Charlottesville area providing food sustenance, the quantity and quality of the groceries Loaves & Fishes gives per visit (~100 lbs, 60-65% of which is fresh) sets us apart. Providing culturally-preferred food, employing a full-time registered dietitian nutritionist, offering participatory nutrition education, customizing food to dietary needs, and prioritizing participant engagement draws people from as far as Culpeper, Richmond, Harrisonburg, and Lynchburg. We are the only local food pantry that employs outreach staff focused on community engagement and programs to encourage community members to help us shape the services they need into something they want. To support the expansion of our nutrition education program, our dietitian already has heard from volunteers offering to teach culturally-appropriate cooking (Afghan, American southern, vegan) so classes can meet our visitors where they are comfortable. As a partner program of the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank and as an active member of multiple local food justice coalitions and workgroups, Loaves & Fishes regularly collaborates and coordinates with other organizations that also serve community members experiencing food insecurity to make sure our community receives the best possible nutrition support for positive health outcomes.

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 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 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 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

LOAVES & FISHES FOOD PANTRY INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31
Financial documents
2022 Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry, Inc.
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
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

41.18

Average of 28.35 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

3.5

Average of 1.8 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

15%

Average of 12% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

LOAVES & FISHES FOOD PANTRY INC

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 LOAVES & FISHES FOOD PANTRY INC’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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Business model indicators

Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $107,094 $113,160 $1,146,288 $607,201 $547,256
As % of expenses 3.7% 3.9% 27.9% 14.3% 12.7%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $80,954 $76,199 $1,103,623 $551,964 $490,003
As % of expenses 2.7% 2.6% 26.6% 12.8% 11.2%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $3,047,407 $2,894,281 $5,577,729 $4,882,218 $4,783,848
Total revenue, % change over prior year -28.0% -5.0% 92.7% -12.5% -2.0%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.2%
Government grants 22.1% 24.1% 23.3% 24.0% 20.8%
All other grants and contributions 77.8% 75.6% 76.7% 75.0% 79.0%
Other revenue 0.1% 0.3% 0.0% 1.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $2,925,383 $2,868,190 $4,112,506 $4,248,737 $4,304,547
Total expenses, % change over prior year -28.4% -2.0% 43.4% 3.3% 1.3%
Personnel 8.7% 8.3% 7.3% 8.5% 9.6%
Professional fees 0.4% 0.6% 0.8% 0.9% 1.1%
Occupancy 1.6% 1.9% 0.9% 1.1% 1.1%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 86.8% 87.6% 89.1% 86.8% 86.4%
All other expenses 2.5% 1.6% 1.8% 2.7% 1.8%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $2,951,523 $2,905,151 $4,155,171 $4,303,974 $4,361,800
One month of savings $243,782 $239,016 $342,709 $354,061 $358,712
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $45,979 $0
Fixed asset additions $84,142 $71,694 $51,193 $371,839 $71,779
Total full costs (estimated) $3,279,447 $3,215,861 $4,549,073 $5,075,853 $4,792,291

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 1.0 1.3 3.2 4.5 3.5
Months of cash and investments 1.0 1.3 3.2 4.5 3.6
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.4 1.6 4.3 4.8 6.7
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $241,184 $309,201 $1,098,715 $1,577,215 $1,243,767
Investments $0 $0 $14,937 $18,049 $34,883
Receivables $55,000 $30,029 $269,862 $0 $62,951
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,434,427 $1,506,121 $1,555,156 $1,924,139 $1,982,459
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 8.5% 10.5% 12.8% 13.1% 14.9%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 0.6% 0.5% 1.7% 0.4% 0.7%
Unrestricted net assets $1,656,135 $1,732,334 $2,835,957 $3,387,921 $4,079,000
Temporarily restricted net assets $106,829 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $106,829 $19,760 $336,983 $363,263 $94,232
Total net assets $1,762,964 $1,752,094 $3,172,940 $3,751,184 $4,173,232

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

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

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

Executive Director

Ms. Jane Colony Mills

Nonprofit management professional with substantial fundraising, marketing and communications, governance, membership, and financial management background developed working for The Nature Conservancy, the Paramount Theater of Charlottesville, Kid Pan Alley, the Oratorio Society of Virginia, and Loaves & Fishes Food Pantry. Skills include marketing, promotion, fundraising, governance, contract negotiation, project management. Special interest in the arts, conservation, the protection of humanity, and collaborative partnerships.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

LOAVES & FISHES FOOD PANTRY INC

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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LOAVES & FISHES FOOD PANTRY INC

Board of directors
as of 05/22/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Ms. Amy O'Leary

Virginia Transportation Research Council (retired)

Term: 2024 - 2027

Jennifer Sulzberger

University of Virginia Law School Foundation

Jim Berlin

GE (retired)

J. Kermit Anderson

Cumberland Development Company, LLC

Lorna Gerome

County of Albemarle (retired)

Esmeralda Amos

Region 10

Tasha Durrett

Southern Environmental Law Center

Gerald Denney

Piedmont Wealth Management

John Griffin

University of Virginia Housing (retired)

Nate Hixson

University of Virginia

Stephanie Lyman

Bank of America Private Bank

William J. Schoelwer

University of Virginia

Susan Thomas

IBM Global Business Services (retired)

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 ? 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? 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 5/22/2024

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
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/02/2024

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 employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
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.