Public, Society Benefit

PARTNERSHIP FOR FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION INC

  • Arlington, VA
  • www.fightbac.org

Mission Statement

The mission of the Partnership for Food Safety Education is to end illness and death from foodborne infection in the United States. The Partnership develops and promotes effective education programs to reduce foodborne illness risk for consumers.

Main Programs

  1. Ending Foodborne Illness with Fight BAC
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Partnership for Food Safety Education's science-based and easy to understand resources reach an estimated 7.5 million consumers each year through a network of more than 13,000 health educator partners. PFSE reduces the incidence of foodborne illness, improves population health and saves lives through education.

ruling year

2003

Executive Director since 2003

Self-reported

Shelley Feist

Keywords

Self-reported

food safety education, health education, consumer

Sign in or create an account to view Form(s) 990 for 2014, 2013 and 2012.
Register now

Also Known As

PFSE

EIN

75-2977151

 Number

8174483122

Physical Address

2345 Crystal Drive Suite 800

Arlington, 22202

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Consumer Protection and Safety (W90)

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

Public Health Program (E70)

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?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

According to the CDC, this year, foodborne infections will cause 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations, and 3,000 deaths. Young children are the population most vulnerable to serious foodborne illness; they account for 56% of hospitalizations from two of the most common foodborne infections - salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis.

PFSE addresses the public health challenge of foodborne illness through our ongoing development of evidence-based and effective materials offered free to consumers and to a network of 13,000 health educators nationwide.

Programs

Self-reported by organization

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

Program 1

Ending Foodborne Illness with Fight BAC

According to the CDC foodborne infections will cause 48 million illnesses, 128,000 hospitalizations and 3,000 deaths this year.  We know that very young children are the most vulnerable population when it comes to serious foodborne illness that leads to hospitalization.  Children under 9 account for 56% of hospitalizations from two common foodborne infections - salmonellosis and campylobacteriosis.
 
The Partnership for Food Safety Education delivers trusted, science-based behavioral health messaging and a network of resources that support consumers in their efforts to reduce risk of foodborne illness.  
 
Nationally, more than 14,000 public health educators, food industry members, cooperative extensions, teachers, dietitians, and consumers use Fight BAC!® materials to teach others about the importance of safe food handling to good health-reaching an estimated 7.5 million consumers each year.

Category

Early Intervention & Prevention

Population(s) Served

None

None

None

Budget

Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    According to the CDC, 1 in 6 Americans gets food poisoning each year. Those affected may continue to have chronic health issues over many years, especially immunocompromised populations.
    We believe education plays a critical role in preventing foodborne illness. The Partnership provides free, evidence-based materials so that safe food handling practices - clean, separate, cook and chill - become common knowledge for all Americans, including children. We work with food safety and health educators to ensure our efforts are effective, collaborative, measurable and visible. Our 25 partner organizations represent the country's leading food industry associations, commodity groups, and professional associations in food sciences, health, and nutrition and, together, with Federal agencies (USDA, FDA, and CDC), we develop and endorse new approaches for positive health outcomes.
    The Partnership is the leader in food safety education and developing ways to measure outcomes against these Healthy People 2020 goals: Reduce infections caused by key pathogens transmitted commonly through food (FS-1), Increase the proportion of consumers who follow key food safety practices (FS-5).
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    1. The Partnership convenes and supports practitioner communities inside and outside the government to work together to improve outcomes in food safety education. Some examples include organizing the annual Consumer Food Safety Education Conference and supporting national consumer education campaigns promoting safe poultry handling, food safe holidays, and more.

    2. The Partnership amplifies the collective efforts of thousands of partners/educators by bringing attention to the impact of their work on the health of people in their communities.

    3. The Partnership leads efforts to evaluate the impact of consumer food safety education.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    PFSE will be able to realize our goal of ending illness and death from foodborne infections in the United States through prevention because of the strength of our education resources, our growing and vital network, and our reputation as a leader in the field.

    Education at Hand: Since 1997, PFSE has developed science-based food safety resources for educators and consumer-friendly tips for home use. PFSE materials and Fight BAC!® kits have been distributed in the tens of thousands through PFSE's partners and downloaded from PFSE online channels. The PFSE website engages 20,000 unique visitors each month, 50% of whom are visiting because of their knowledge of the Fight BAC!® program.

    A Growing and Vital Network: Our education materials reach consumers through our partner organizations, our BAC! Fighters and Federal agencies. The Partnership's 27 partner organizations represent more than 30,000 companies and agencies, including leading food, health and nutrition industry associations. In communities across the country, our 14,000 BAC! Fighters represent state and local governments (39%); cooperative extension/university (20%); nonprofits (20%); private sector (17%) and federal government (4%). Additionally, the US Department of Agriculture, US Food and Drug Administration, and Center for Disease Control and Prevention are active liaisons to the Partnership.

    A Leader in the Field: Helmed by an active board and a recognized expert in the field, Executive Director Shelley Feist, PFSE, and our Fight BAC!® Program have a reputation as a leader in food safety. Feist has appeared in the New York Times and Fitness Magazine and on NBC's Today Show to discuss the food safety tips. Ms. Feist is the recipient of the 2015 Woman of Influence in the Food Industry.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    The Partnership developed a multi-year plan to measure the impact of their consumer food safety education efforts against the Healthy People 2020 goals. Board and staff develop and perform against established goals and benchmarks for success. We regularly review progress against the tactics and activities and gather various quantitative measures on a quarterly basis.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Our goal of preventing foodborne illness starts with education and spreading the word to affect behavior change. A major accomplishment toward realizing our goal is the growth of contributing partner organizations from 18 to 26 and BAC! Fighters from 9,000 to 13,000 over the past two years who will take our message further.
    PFSE is committed to three core focus areas to improve outcomes - supporting educators, amplifying success stories of our partners, and evaluating impact. Specific accomplishments include:

    1. Convening BAC! Fighters through a series of consumer educational webinars.
    Initiating the Food Safe Families Action Pledge as a participatory tool to encourage field educators to utilize the Food Safe Families toolkit.
    2. Launching the annual Consumer Food Safety Education Conference.
    3. Regularly publishing the Field Educator Report blog.
    4. Refining program approaches to align best with intended results.

    The goal of prevention means all consumers are informed about food safety, to that end we're planning new content for use with young people. In 2016, “The Story of Your Dinner" campaign will launch in the Southeast U.S., and in 2017, the national campaign, “Don't Wing It!" will commence.
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

The Partnership for Food Safety Education's science-based and easy to understand resources reach an estimated 7.5 million consumers each year through a network of more than 13,000 health educator partners. PFSE reduces the incidence of foodborne illness, improves population health and saves lives through education.

Social Media

Blog

External Reviews

Source: greatnonprofits.org

The review section is powered by Great Nonprofits

Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

PARTNERSHIP FOR FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Board Chair, Board Co-Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Get all this now for free
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Operations

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

PARTNERSHIP FOR FOOD SAFETY EDUCATION INC

Leadership

NEED MORE INFO ON THIS NONPROFIT?

Free: Gain immediate access to the following:
  • Address, phone, website and contact information
  • Forms 990 for 2014, 2013 and 2012
  • Board Chair, Board Co-Chair and Board Members
  • Access to the GuideStar Community
Need the ability to download nonprofit data and more advanced search options? Consider a Premium or Pro Search subscription.

Executive Director

Shelley Feist

BIO

At the Partnership, Ms. Feist has focused on bringing public attention to the Fight BAC!® consumer safe food handling message and on organizational development and effectiveness. She has guided the formation of the Partnership's Corporate Advisory Committee; launched the successful “Be Food Safe" retail platform; developed and coordinated multiple consumer campaigns (ProducePro, Go40orBelow, Fight BAC! and others); and has led the organization to overall revenue increases of 60% since 2012.

Ms. Feist is an expert in her field, appearing in the New York Times and Fitness Magazine and on NBC's Today Show to discuss the food safety practice of clean, separate, cook and chill. She is also the recipient of the 2015 Woman of Influence in the Food Industry.

Before joining PFSE, Ms. Feist was with the Pew Charitable Trusts, a private philanthropic foundation based in Philadelphia, PA where her work included an effort to assess and strengthen the policy development capacity of state-based organizations.

Ms. Feist has worked for two U.S. Senators focusing on appropriations and domestic policy. She served as Director of Government Liaison for the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts under Chairman James D. Wolfensohn.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

""The Partnership for Food Safety Education is the only public-private collaborative that focuses exclusively on the prevention of foodborne illness at the point of consumer handling and preparation in the home.

We deliver accessible, science-based behavioral health resources to reduce the risk of foodborne illness for individuals and their families. We believe all Americans, including kids, should know our Fight BAC!® campaign's basic preventive practices of clean, separate, cook and chill. Educating consumers about food safety will NOT eliminate illness entirely, but it is a critical aspect of prevention that we cannot ignore.""

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Hillary Shallo Thesmar

Food Marketing Institute

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

GuideStar worked with BoardSource, the national leader in nonprofit board leadership and governance, to create this section, which enables organizations and donors to transparently share information about essential board leadership practices. Self-reported by organization

Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & 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?

Yes

ETHICS & 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?