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The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 03/15/2014: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: THE FOOD BANK OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS INC

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AKA  The Food Bank
Hatfield, MA
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The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Inc. Organization Name provided in the GuideStar Exchange* as of 03/15/2014: The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Inc.

Organization Name as listed in the IRS Business Master File as of 06/09/2014: THE FOOD BANK OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS INC

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Also Known As: The Food Bank
Physical Address: Hatfield, MA 01038 
EIN: 04-2751023
Web URL: www.foodbankwma.org 
Blog URL: www.foodbankwma.org/category/blog/ 
NTEE Category: K Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
K31 Food Banks, Food Pantries
K Agriculture, Food, Nutrition
K40 Nutrition Programs
P Human Services
P99 Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C.
Ruling Year: 1982 
How This Organization Is Funded: Donations - $2,036,047
Grants - $633,105
Member Agencies (Association fees, delivery fees, shared maintenace fees, and food buying) - $799,266


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Mission Statement

The mission of The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is to feed our neighbors in need and lead the community to end hunger.

Legitimacy Information

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Fiscal Year Starting: October 1, 2012
Fiscal Year Ending: September 30, 2013

Total Revenue $13,173,416
Total Expenses $13,056,632

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Fiscal Year Ending: September 30, 2013

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Mr. Andrew Morehouse

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Andrew Morehouse is responsible for the overall management of The Food Bank. He also engages in public education and advocacy, carries out fundraising and "friendraising," and serves on several non-profit boards of directors. Morehouse has served as the Executive Director since 2005 and has devoted the past twenty-eight years to the non-profit sector and, specifically, to social and economic justice issues. Prior to The Food Bank, he was the founding director for ten years of a community-based community development corporation devoted to asset-building strategies of, for, and by low-income residents in Holyoke, Massachusetts. Morehouse has also worked in Washington, DC in community-based programs in the Salvadoran refugee community and in public policy think tanks on U.S. foreign policy in Latin America. Morehouse has a B.A. in Anthropology from Bates College, a M.A. in Economics from the University of Massachusetts, and a M.B.A. from the Isenberg School of Management, University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Morehouse has traveled extensively in Latin America, and is bilingual and bicultural.

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Programs

Program: Food Distribution (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$827,129
Category:
Food Distribution
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
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Program Description:

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts is the umbrella organization for the emergency food network in our region, bringing nutritious food to hundreds of local front-line food assistance providers that serve people in need. We now distribute more than 8 million pounds of food each year – enough for about 6.7 million meals that help nourish families, children, elders, and adults who are experiencing severe hunger or food insecurity. Our Food Distribution & Delivery services bring healthy food both to Food Bank member agencies like meal sites, shelters, and food pantries, and to neighborhoods with high rates of child hunger through our Mobile Food Bank. These programs help approximately 200,000 people in western Massachusetts who are going through hard times, giving them access to the most basic human need: food. Our work includes: • Food distribution to approximately 300 local food assistance programs, such as meal sites, food pantries, shelters, childcare and senior centers, rehabilitation facilities, and residential and transitional programs • Direct door-to-door food delivery service to 125 emergency assistance agencies that cannot afford to come to The Food Bank warehouse • Direct monthly delivery to four Mobile Food Bank locations in collaboration with community partners (and plans to increase to 10 sites in 2014) While we are constantly seeking innovative, long-term ways to address hunger and food insecurity, we also recognize that the foundation of The Food Bank’s work is to alleviate immediate need for food among our most vulnerable neighbors. With the economy forcing more and more people to seek assistance, we are working to make sure that Food Distribution services – the essential programs that bring food to those in need – are strong.

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Program: Brown Bag: Food for Elders (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$142,864
Category:
Food Distribution
Population Served:
Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens
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Since 1983, Brown Bag: Food for Elders has been one of The Food Bank’s core programs. It is the largest direct-to-client hunger relief service in western Massachusetts, made possible by the work of nearly 700 volunteers, most of them elders themselves. About 5,000 elders with lower incomes across western Massachusetts’ four counties participate in the program, receiving a free bag of healthy groceries once a month. Brown Bag supplies nutritious groceries that enable elders to make easy meals and eat a balanced diet, which is especially important in helping them fight nutrition-related diseases such as diabetes and hypertension.

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Program: SNAP Outreach and Enrollment (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$197,917
Category:
Nutrition
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
None
None

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The Food Bank’s SNAP Outreach and Enrollment assists food insecure households to determine their eligibility and to apply for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (formerly known as food stamps). This 100% federal resource is underutilized in Massachusetts. Our nutrition education encourages participants to purchase healthy food with their SNAP benefits, which may only be used to purchase unprepared food items. Federal and state authorities closely monitor SNAP for fraud and abuse.

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Program: Network Capacity Building (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$332,233
Category:
Capacity Building
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
None
None

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The Food Bank works with front line feeding programs and other partners across each county to develop comprehensive services, strengthen partnerships, and build the capacity of local feeding programs to better serve the increasing number of people seeking food assistance.

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Program: Nutrition Education (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$81,033
Category:
Nutrition
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
None
None

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Hunger is not simply about the lack of food; it is also about the lack of nutritious food. Families that experience or are at risk of hunger are also likely to be malnourished due to lack of access to nutritious foods such as lean meats, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. A lack of adequate transportation and grocery stores within walking distance, combined with an abundance of fast food restaurants and processed foods, has been shown to create “food deserts” in low-income areas, with a measurable negative impact on health and nutrition. These characteristics are highly correlated with increased rates of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, premature death, and other health problems. The Food Bank’s Nutrition program offers participating agencies and our SNAP clients a variety of approaches to help people develop healthier eating and shopping habits. Taste tests and healthy recipes: Food Bank staff offer nutrition consultation during food distribution hours at at food pantries, meal sites, Brown Bag for Elders sites and our Mobile Food Bank. When clients visit these sites for meals or groceries, they can also access resources including basic nutrition tips and healthy meal planning suggestions; taste healthy recipes prepared with food pantry ingredients; and get recipes for how to combine these ingredients with more whole grains, lean proteins, vegetables, and spices. Nutrition Education: Free workshops are offered to Food Bank member agencies and at Brown Bag and Mobile Food Bank sites on basic nutrition and healthy eating. These workshops serve the staff of emergency food programs to guide them in offering better choices to their clients; help community members at emergency food sites provide more nutritious food to their families; and assist elders at our Brown Bag sites in fulfilling their unique dietary needs. ServSafe: The Food Bank periodically offers ServSafe certification training courses to member agencies at a significantly discounted rate, to insure that staff at food preparation sites have received the required food safety training. Nutrition Tips: “From the Food Bank Kitchen” articles are written bi-weekly and are included in the Food Bank’s NewsBites publication sent to all member agencies. These are also posted on our website and provide a great source for easy, healthy nutrition ideas and recipes.

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Program: Food Bank Farm (GuideStar Exchange,
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Nutrition
Population Served:
Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General
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The Food Bank Farm is a 60-acre parcel of land on the Connecticut River in Hadley. Since 1992, the land has been farmed without chemicals, pesticides, or herbicides, with the primary purpose of providing fresh, healthy produce to households in Western Massachusetts. Additionally, the farm’s 60 acres are protected from any development, preserving an important riverside ecosystem. The Food Bank Farm operates as a production farm in partnership with Mountain View Farm CSA, based in Easthampton. Mountain View Farm leases 32 tillable acres under rigorous crop rotation from The Food Bank. In exchange, the CSA provides 100,000 pounds of fresh, local, chemical-free produce to The Food Bank for distribution to front-line food assistance providers and people in need throughout our region.

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Program: Mobile Food Bank (GuideStar Exchange,
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Budget:
$348,637
Category:
Food Distribution
Population Served:
Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)
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The Mobile Food Bank is our newest program, which distributes fresh and highly nutritious perishable foods to areas with a high incidence of child hunger. We partner with a local community organization that provides an accessible outdoor site and volunteers to assist us with food distribution 1-2 per month to approximately 2,270 individuals monthly. We also provide SNAP outreach and enrollment, and nutrition education at the distributions. Currently, we have four sites and will expand to ten sites in 2014.

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Last fiscal year 2013 ending on Sept. 30, we distributed 8.1 million lbs. of food to 1 in 8 people in Western Massachusetts -- the equivalent of 6.7 million meals. This is the greatest annual distribution in our history and includes more than one million lbs. of produce for the first time. We also assisted just short of 1,000 individuals to apply for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) – formerly Food Stamps. Lastly, over the last two years, we awarded $100,000 in mini-grants of up to $5,000 to 34 local feeding sites – pantries and meal sites --- to purchase essential equipment such as freezers and coolers. This equipment enables these independent non-profit organizations or faith-based organizations to store increasing amounts of produce and perishables that we are distributing throughout our region’s emergency food network of 300 independent member agencies (hereafter referred to as the “Network ”).
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