Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

God's Love We Deliver, Inc.

New York, NY

Mission

The mission of God's Love We Deliver is to improve the health and well-being of men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS, cancer and other life-altering illnesses by alleviating hunger and malnutrition. We prepare and deliver nutritious, high-quality meals to people who, because of their illness, are unable to provide or prepare meals for themselves. We also provide illness-specific nutrition education and counseling to our clients and families, care providers and other service organizations. All of our services are provided free of charge without regard to income.

Ruling Year

1987

President & CEO

Ms. Karen Pearl

Main Address

166 Avenue of the Americas

New York, NY 10013 USA

Keywords

meals, HIV/AIDS, nutrition, New York City, cancer, delivery, food, God's Love We Deliver, gods love we deliver

EIN

13-3366846

 Number

8093114194

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Meals on Wheels (K36)

Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs (K30)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

People affected by serious illness are often vulnerable to malnutrition, hunger, and isolation. Many of our clients subsisted on a low income before becoming sick. For others, their illness has devastated their personal finances and the ability to hold a job. Economic barriers, social isolation, and physical limitations prevent them from accessing food, and increase their risk for hunger and malnutrition. Our clients are overwhelmingly poor, with the vast majority living at or below the poverty level.

Our programs

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

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The Home-Delivered Meal Program

Where we workNew!

Our Results

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Number of meals served or provided

TOTALS BY YEAR
Population(s) served

People with diseases and illnesses

Related program

The Home-Delivered Meal Program

Charting Impact

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Current research has confirmed what we have championed for decades—that nutritiously tailored diets help prevent disease, alleviate symptoms and treatment side-effects, and restore health. God's Love We Deliver is the only food program in New York City that delivers individualized nutrition to vulnerable populations free of charge. We are dramatically different from a typical food bank or meal program, and uniquely suited to help improve the health of New York's most vulnerable and underserved residents. For example, physical disability and mobility are issues for many of our clients, so we deliver meals to clients' homes. Many clients suffer from diet-related disease complications due to diabetes, kidney disease, chemotherapy, and other diseases or treatment complications. Our team of registered dietitians provides counseling, and works with our chefs to prepare individualized nutrition plans. All of our services are individually tailored to meet the medical needs of people who are too sick to shop or cook for themselves.

We employ a range of strategies to improve the nutritional health of vulnerable populations throughout the New York City area:
• Home-Delivered Meals: Medically tailored meals are prepared in our fully-equipped commercial kitchen by a team of chefs, food service professionals and volunteers. Clients typically receive ten meals per week via one or more home deliveries by paid staff drivers. Our fleet of refrigerated vans ensures food safety during delivery.
• Nutrition Assessment and Counseling: Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) assess all new clients to determine specific nutritional needs. Reassessments occur every 6 months. With this information, our RDNs work with our chefs to design a tailored meal plan for clients and offer ongoing nutrition counseling. RDNs also write and distribute multilingual nutrition education materials to clients, service providers, and the general public. RDNs also collaborate with community partners to conduct nutrition trainings and cooking classes for patients, care providers, and marginalized populations.
• Grocery Bag Program: Clients who transition off our meal program may receive a weekly delivery of healthy foods and recipes. Our partnership with a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program provides fresh local vegetables for inclusion in the grocery bags during the growing season.
• Family Support: Our RDNs offer their comprehensive nutrition services to both clients and their children and senior caregivers.

Our individualized nutrition services play a unique and vital role in New York City's health care continuum. More and more care providers in our community are referring their patients to God's Love. Our work is life-affirming and life-saving, helping vulnerable people to live independent lives while reducing the risk of new or repeat hospitalizations. Our services include:
• Client Services: Our Client Services Specialists conduct comprehensive client interviews to confirm eligibility and enroll clients into our programs. Specialists also provide referrals to other community resources as needed.
• Home-Delivered Meals: Medically tailored meals are prepared in our fully-equipped commercial kitchen by a team of chefs, food service professionals and volunteers. Clients typically receive ten meals per week via one or more home deliveries by paid staff drivers or volunteers.
• Nutrition Assessment and Counseling: Our Registered Dietitian Nutritionists (RDNs) assess all new clients to determine specific nutritional needs. Reassessments occur every 6 months. With this information, our RDNs work with our chefs to design a tailored meal plan for clients and offer ongoing nutrition counseling. RDNs also write and distribute multilingual nutrition education materials to clients, service providers, and the general public. RDNs also collaborate with community partners to conduct nutrition trainings and cooking classes for patients, care providers, and marginalized populations.
• Grocery Bag Program: Clients who transition off our meal program may receive a weekly delivery of healthy foods and recipes. Our partnership with a local Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program provides fresh local vegetables for inclusion in the grocery bags during the growing season.
• Family Support: Our RDNs offer their comprehensive nutrition services to both clients and their children and senior caregivers.

We use a client survey to confirm our services make a real difference in clients' health and wellbeing. At least 75% of clients will report that our services help them adhere to their treatment regimens, eat more nutritiously, and live more independently. In doing so, this program ensures that underserved New York City residents will have access to an important community resource that helps them to be as healthy as possible for as long as possible.

Our most recent annual client survey confirmed that our services provide substantial improvements to our clients' health and well-being:
• 90% reported increased ability to live independently.
• 86% of clients report that our meals help them adhere to their treatment regimens.
• 88% of clients report that the food that we provide helps them to eat more nutritiously than they would otherwise eat.

Recent accomplishments include the following:
• Our Nutrition and Kitchen staff recently expanded our menu with new soft diet options to enhance our services for people who, due to illness, have difficulty chewing and swallowing. Minced and pureed options are also available.
• On September 28, 2017 we marked the achievement of our 20 millionth meal delivered.
• Our Policy & Planning team leads an annual Advocacy Capacity Building Project National Symposium in Washington, DC to build grassroots support for food and nutrition services in communities across the country.

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Financials

God's Love We Deliver, Inc.

Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30

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Operations

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Board Leadership Practices

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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?

Yes