Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts, Inc.

  • Hatfield, MA
  • www.foodbankwma.org

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.

Main Programs

  1. Food Distribution
  2. Brown Bag: Food for Elders
  3. SNAP Outreach and Enrollment
  4. Network Capacity Building
  5. Nutrition Education
  6. Food Bank Farm
  7. Mobile Food Bank

service areas

Massachusetts

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Areas Served Narrative

Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties in Western Massachusetts

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ruling year

1982

Executive Director

Mr. Andrew Morehouse

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Keywords

hunger, food insecurity, food security, food, food hardship, poverty, community service learning, elders, food bank, low-income, Massachusetts

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EIN

04-2751023

Physical Address

97 N. Hatfield Rd

Hatfield, MA 01038

Also Known As

The Food Bank

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Human Services - Multipurpose and Other N.E.C. (P99)

IRS Filing Requirement

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

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Impact statement

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 ”).

Programs

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

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Program 1

Food Distribution

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.

Category

Food Distribution

Budget

$827,129.00

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Program 2

Brown Bag: Food for Elders

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.

Category

Food Distribution

Budget

$142,864.00

Population Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

None

None

Program 3

SNAP Outreach and Enrollment

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.

Category

Nutrition

Budget

$197,917.00

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Program 4

Network Capacity Building

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.

Category

Capacity Building

Budget

$332,233.00

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Program 5

Nutrition Education

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.

Category

Nutrition

Budget

$81,033.00

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Program 6

Food Bank Farm

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.

Category

Nutrition

Budget

Population Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

None

None

Program 7

Mobile Food Bank

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.

Category

Food Distribution

Budget

$348,637.00

Population Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

None

None

Charting Impact

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  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    1. By 2018, we distribute at least 8.6 million meals annually.
    2. By 2018, we distribute the same Pounds of food per Person in Poverty (PPIP) in all four counties, with measurable annual benchmarks.
    3. We increase the availability of nutritious food to our region’s Network.
    4. We lead the Network in advocacy and hunger education.
    5. Our Network is equipped to meet The Food Bank's “Feed” strategy (see below) and aligned with our mission and vision.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. FEED our neighbors in need by providing more meals to more people more equitably.
    2. LEAD and engage the community to end hunger
    3. STRENGTHEN The Food Bank and the Network to operate responsibly, effectively, safely and sustainably
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have :
    • A committed and professional staff and Board of Directors focused on our strategic plan
    • Established and effective relationship with Network member agencies and other community partners, including municipal, state and federal legislators.
    • Strong and growing support from public and private donors of food, funds and friends (volunteers at all levels)
    • Strong cash flow
    • Financial assets to support emergencies, existing capital replacement and improvements
    • Support from Feeding America – the nation’s association of food banks – and our peer food banks in New England
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    1. We reach our meals goal through emergency food distribution and SNAP outreach and enrollment.
    2. We distribute the same amount of Pounds per Person in Poverty (PPIP) to each of the four counties of Western Massachusetts.
    3. We increase “Foods to Encourage” as defined by Feeding America – the nation’s network of food bank – by at least 3% in year one and thereafter according to demand.
    4. Our 300 Network member agencies advocate successfully for their resource needs.
    5. Our 300 Network member agencies have the capacity to distribute more food to more people more equitably (specific indicators to be determined in 2014).
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We are in the first year of our 2014-2018 strategic plan. Currently, we are:
    • Targeting and tracking increases in our first two goals to achieve our 2018 goals.
    • Expanding our pilot Mobile Food Bank from four to ten local sites primarily in Hampden county, which has the greatest need for food assistance. Through the Mobile Food Bank, we distribute mainly fresh produce and other perishable foods to thousands of households with children living in neighborhoods with a high concentration of child hunger.
    • Investing resources in trainings for our staff, Board of Directors and member agencies, and mini-grants to our member agencies to achieve our annual strategic plan targets.

service areas

Massachusetts

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Areas Served Narrative

Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties in Western Massachusetts

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THE FOOD BANK OF WESTERN MASSACHUSETTS, INC.
Fiscal year: Oct 01-Sep 30
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Executive Director

Mr. Andrew Morehouse

BIO

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.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Dr. Frank Robinson

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