Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida Inc

Nourishing Our Future

Gainesville, FL   |

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Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida Inc

EIN: 45-2966938


Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida identifies chronically hungry children throughout the community and provides them with food and vital resources on a regular basis.

Ruling year info


Executive Director

Margot DeConna

Main address

7257 NW 4th Blvd Ste 31

Gainesville, FL 32607 USA

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Subject area info

Food security

Food aid

Child welfare

Agriculture, fishing and forestry

Population served info

Children and youth


Non-adult children

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

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


Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Thousands of area students depend upon free lunch programs for the majority of their meals. On weekends and holidays when school isn’t in session, these kids often go hungry – and they return to class too undernourished to focus on learning. Food4Kids sends these students home with food to help them bridge that gap, be it a standard weekend or longer breaks. We identify chronically hungry children in our community and provide them with food and vital resources on a regular basis.

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?

Weekend Backpacks

Food4Kids Backpack Program provides hungry children with basic nutrition when they need it most. Each week, our volunteers pack bags of food to distribute to local children who have been identified as food insecure by their schools. Since 2010, Food4Kids has grown to serve over 900 children each week across three North Florida counties: Alachua, Levy and Dixie. Our mission is to identify chronically hungry children throughout the community and provide them with food and vital resources on a regular basis. Our vision is a community where no child goes to bed hungry. We won’t stop until that vision is a reality.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Non-adult children
Economically disadvantaged 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.

Number of children served

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

Children and youth

Related Program

Weekend Backpacks

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success


Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida's goals include:

* Establish a central foundation for North Florida to identify and acquire resources, gather volunteers from communities and schools, and coordinate distribution of food.

* Partner with food banks, faith networks and local businesses to create a sustainable support network.

* Achieve full participation of all schools across Alachua County.

* Develop county networks and engage county coordinators throughout North Florida.

Food4Kids Backpack Program helps students show up for school on Monday fed and ready to learn. Food backpacks filled with life-saving and healthy meal options prepare students for the school week just as pens and pencils do in the classroom.

Large warehouse.
Dedicated volunteer base.
Great relationships with other nonprofit organizations in the hunger space.
Incredible community support.
Sustainable funding and fund development plan.
Collaborative relationships with food vendors and distributors.

Since 2010, we have grown from one school serving 8 children to serving nearly 1,000 children each week at 30 schools across three counties in North Florida. We also have plans to expand to an additional 6 schools in a fourth county during the 23-24 school year.

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 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 act on the feedback we receive

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback


Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida Inc
Fiscal year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida Inc

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida Inc

Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Oct 01 - Sep 30

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

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Executive Director

Margot DeConna

Margot DeConna is the executive director of the Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida, Inc. in Gainesville, FL. Margot received her Bachelor of Science and Master of Business Administration degrees from the University of Florida. In 2018, Margot earned her Certified Fund Raising Executive designation from CFRE International. A voluntary credential recognized worldwide, the CFRE signifies a confident, ethical fundraising professional. Prior to her work at Food4Kids, Margot served as Director of Advancement at the Humane Society of North Central Florida and Director of Development for Child Advocacy Center, Inc. Specializing in strategic planning, communications, fundraising, events, non-profit best practices and grant writing, Margot is a dedicated nonprofit professional. Outside of work, Margot enjoys spending time with her husband and two young children.

Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida Inc

Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Food4Kids Backpack Program of North Florida Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/13/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Jennifer Moore

Todd Morrone

Kelley Kostamo

Toni Griffin

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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • 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? Not applicable
  • 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 7/13/2023

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
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity


Sexual orientation

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 07/13/2023

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

  • 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 help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.