Farm Share, Inc.

No Person Goes Hungry & No Food Goes To Waste

aka Farm Share   |   Homestead, FL   |  https://www.farmshare.org/

Mission

No Person Goes Hungry & No Food Goes to Waste!

Notes from the nonprofit

In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. To file a program discrimination complaint, a complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, which can be obtained online at www.usda.gov/sites/default/files/documents/usda-programdiscrimination-complaint-form.pdf, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation.

Ruling year info

1993

CEO

Mr. Stephen Robert Shelley

Main address

14125 SW 320th Street

Homestead, FL 33033 USA

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Formerly known as

Farm Share

EIN

65-0342192

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS filing requirement

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Communication

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Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

We are working to address the food insecurity issue in Florida as Florida's largest food bank. In 2021 we are facing huge levels of inflation in Florida. Pricing for everything including food, gas and housing has not been this high in decades and we are yet not recovered from economic issues from 2020. Floridians are struggling and Farm Share is facing 3.9 million Floridians that are going hungry and do not know where to get their next meal. 1 million children are included in the 3.9 million figure so we MUST work harder than ever to reach those families. Farm Share strategy has a lot to do with being able to reach as many children and families as possible in order to get the right food to the right communities. With the help of donors, volunteers and community partners we feel we can lower the level of food insecurity in Florida. If prices continue to go up we will face a huge need for food assistance in Florida. We need to feed teachers, nurses, first responders & college students.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Farm Share Operations

Founded in 1991, Farm Share as a food bank has set out to make sure no one in Florida goes hungry while simultaneously not allowing good food go to waste. This double mission is accomplished by receiving donations from Florida farmers and other food companies in order to redistribute them to the right places and feed those in need…free of cost!

Farm Share operates in the state of Florida as a food bank and is focused on empowering food distributions and food agencies that are feeding those under food insecurity. We now administer 40% of the TEFAP program by the USDA in Florida in select counties. During 2021, Farm Share distributed 118 million pounds of food. Over %30 of those pounds were fresh fruits and vegetables from Florida farmers. The reason Farm Share focuses on providing healthy nutritious meals is because we know that the recipients of the food will be Florida’s families including 1 million children from the over 3.9 million Floridians under food insecurity.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people

Farm Share will be administering the TEFAP program to food pantries/agencies currently serving in Alachua, Baker, Bradford, Gilchrist, Levy, Union, Flagler, St. Johns, Putnam, Volusia, Citrus, Hernando, Lake, Marion, Sumter, Palm Beach, Broward & Miami-Dade counties. The TEFAP program is the Federal Emergency Food Assistance Program and it allows us to receive food from the USDA/FDACS in order to redistribute the food to those in need in the above counties. This program allows for the distribution of proteins, dry goods and produce. This is a statewide program and takes our entire logistics team to run and administer the program well. Farm Share has a great track record of administering the TEFAP program and so we have gained more counties this year (2021).

Population(s) Served
Work status and occupations
Social and economic status
Health
Family relationships
Victims of disaster
Work status and occupations
Social and economic status
Health
Family relationships
Victims of disaster

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Estimated dollar value of food donations distributed to community feedings programs

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status

Related Program

Farm Share Operations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Total costs---includes in-kind value of distributed food and other in-kind (non-monetary)

Total pounds of food rescued

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Social and economic status

Related Program

Farm Share Operations

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

$1.75 per pound (monetary costs per pound of food)

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

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

To feed as many Floridians as possible and to not allow good food go to waste.

We are aiming to feed 1 million children under food insecurity!
We want to feed those Floridians who are struggling to feed their families and have at times 2 jobs in order to do so!

Ultimately, we want to eliminate hunger in Florida and at the very least, lower the number of people from going hungry!

Farm Share strategic plan includes a 3-point plan of attack to ameliorate food insecurity in Florida in 2021-2022. We are focused on working with more food agencies in order to reach those neighborhoods and communities that are identified as food insecure. This means that they do not know where their next meal is coming from. This issue is affecting 3.9 million Floridians and 1 million children are included in that figure. Our next plan is to work with schools to identify programs and communities in order to reach as many children as possible. We are focused on feeding as many children as possible and making sure that Florida’s children are not being affected by malnutrition and psychological trauma due to going hungry. Our third focus will be on helping family units get back on their feet. Cost of living has skyrocketed in Florida and we MUST do something about helping struggling parents feed their families. Lastly, we plan to bring awareness to the food insecurity issue in Florida!

We have a vast team of passionate individuals throughout the state of Florida. Our warehouses combined make the largest food bank in Florida. We have a truck fleet with semi trucks and box trucks that are all refrigerated. We have 8 warehouses and are growing this year as we expand our programs throughout the state of Florida. Our logistics team and marketing department will be able to give us the strength to fight hunger in Florida in 2022.

As a food bank, we have warehouses and trucks that are always ready to go in order to mobilize food and goods to any past of the state of Florida. This means that while most groups focus on canned and processed food donations, our mission remains focused on re-packing fresh, nutritious fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be thrown away. It costs more to handle this kind of food, but fresh produce is simply more nutritious than canned, and there is a nearly unlimited supply of it being thrown out every year.

Farm Share was established in 1991 as a nonprofit organization based on the idea to distribute fresh food -Free of Charge- to families throughout Florida an organization that gathers, stores and distributes food to indigents at no charge or at a low cost. This simple but innovative idea has now grown into a food bank that feeds millions of people. Since 1991 Farm Share has distributed 827,252,129 pounds of food with an estimated value of over 1.9 billion dollars. Farm Share is Florida’s homegrown food bank. Founded for and by Floridians, Farm Share has been serving those under food insecurity since 1991 with the simple but innovative idea to recover crops from Florida farmers in order to distribute fresh and nutritious food to Floridians in need. 30 years after our inception we have feed millions and are now Florida's largest independent food bank!

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Economically affected individuals and food agencies.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person),

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    WE had to start making deliveries to food agencies who did not have transportation with refrigerated trucks.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    It has vastly improved it. We have great communication through digital and traditional means.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We aim to collect feedback from as many people we serve as possible, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We act on the feedback we receive, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don't have any major challenges to collecting feedback,

Financials

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Operations

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

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Farm Share, Inc.

Board of directors
as of 02/22/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Charles Hartz

Farm Share

Term: 1993 -

Charles Hartz

1993

Charles Porter

2020

Anthony DiMare

2021

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and 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? Not applicable
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and 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? Not applicable

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 1/27/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Gender identity
Male

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/09/2021

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Data
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We have a promotion process that anticipates and mitigates implicit and explicit biases about people of color serving in leadership positions.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.