Human Services

GEMMAS ANGELS LIMITED

CHANGING THE WAY WE FEED THE HUNGRY

Hershey, PA

Mission

OUR VISION WE WANT TO CHANGE THE WAY WE FEED THE HUNGRY. OUR MISSION Provide fresh fruits and vegetables to homeless shelters, soup kitchens and food banks in Dauphin and Lebanon Counties, and Encourage at-risk children and families to engage in healthy lifestyles including consuming fresh fruits and vegetables and to become educated in sustainable living. HOW WE ADDRESS IMMEDIATE NEEDS We purchase produce from local sources and collect fresh produce from local donor gardeners. We distribute the produce free of charge to soup kitchens, shelters and food banks. We also operate an All-Kids Mobile Farmer's Market where school-age children can pick and choose their own produce to take home to supplement weekend feeding programs with an added educational component.

Ruling Year

2014

President

Michael Macchioni

Main Address

15 E Main Street, No. 25

Hershey, PA 17033 USA

Keywords

hunger alleviation, fresh produce,

EIN

47-2155826

 Number

7816194499

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Homeless Services/Centers (P85)

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

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve New!

Our mission to increase the amount of fresh produce available to clients of food banks, homeless shelters and soup kitchens in our two-county region of Lebanon and Dauphin counties. We further wish to increase the knowledge of at-risk children and families in the food deserts in our service area in the areas of sustainability and the benefits of eating local, fresh food.

Our programs

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Donate-a-Tomato

Mobile Farmer's Market

Farmer Andy Project

All-Kids Farmer's Mobile Market

Operation Santa

Farmer Andy & Andrea

Where we workNew!

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What have and haven't they accomplished so far?

We buy fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers--or local gardeners--and distribute that produce free to soup kitchens, shelters and food banks using our new Mobile Farmer's Market.

Using the Mobile Farmer's Market vehicle, we operate an All-Kids Mobile Farmer's Market where school-age children can pick and choose their own produce to take home to supplement weekend feeding programs and we add an educational component about nutrition.

We operate a Reverse Food Truck which appears at local public events and collects food (produce) vs. selling food.

We also own a Truck Farm Trailer which is a traveling, edible garden-on-wheels that teaches young children the job of growing food. It gives them a hands-on look at the source of the food that fuels their growing bodies and minds.

Gemma's Angels Truck Farm Trailer currently appears at local community events. We plan to have the Truck Farm Trailer visit youth groups, camps, schools, etc. to deliver interactive and educational lessons about the benefits of nutritious produce. It's all designed to engage young people in healthy eating and to teach sustainability.

First and foremost, we require adequate numbers of volunteers and funds to conduct there operations. Through the use of VolunteerMatch, we have recruited over 250 volunteers over the Fall and Winter who have indicated their willingness to help.

We are now devising fundraising strategies to ensure that we have adequate funding to purchase enough produce for at least two distributions per week. We will need vehicle fuel and associated supplies to accomplish this mission. In order to do this, we need sustaining donors. With this in mind, we have begun a "$10 For Good" Campaign asking donors to give at least $10 per month to fund our operation.

In addition, we plan three major fundraisers to gather local citizens to inform them of our work and to further encourage sustaining donors. To fund our current goals, we require 100 donors to give $10 each month. With a population of 75,000 in our metropolitan area, we should have adequate numbers to sustain that growth.

To further accomplish this, we need four or five large donors giving $500 to $1000 each to fund our initial efforts.

Our recruited base of volunteers will provide us for a start as to having a capacity to accomplish these goals.

On the administrative end, we also purchased DonorTools and Volgistics software to professionally manage our donors and volunteers. Now, we will be able to automatically and immediately provide a letter or email of thanks to our donors, however small. In addition, we will have a good tool to manager our volunteers and manager the number of hours they work, schedule them appropriately, etc.

Our social media effort is also becoming more sophisticated. We are taking on two volunteers who perform social media work for their employers. This will increase our public footprint in an area where there is quite a bit of competition for fewer and fewer contribution dollars.

We will know we are making programs by two very simple ways: first, by having adequate funds to make purchases of produce and to pay for our expenses and second, by having an adequate number of volunteers respond to our calls for service.

We have accomplished the following:

- We have secured funding for our All-Kids Mobile Farmer's Market to conduct a once-a-week program in the City of Harrisburg Schools. Funding is provided by UPMC Harrisburg Hospital.

- The Truck Farm Trailer project is now on the road and fully operational. The cost of construction is fully-funded.

- We only have adequate funding to pay for one distribution per week and our goal is a minimum of TWO per week.

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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?

No

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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No

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

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Yes

Organizational Demographics

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Gemma's Angels, Ltd. will not discriminate on any basis, including without limitation: gender, race, national origin, ethnicity, religious beliefs, age, sexual orientation, disability, medical condition, pregnancy, political affiliation, marital status, veteran status and ancestry.