Agriculture, Food, Nutrition

FAIRBANKS COMMUNITY FOOD BANK SERVICE INC

  • Fairbanks, AK
  • www.fairbanksfoodbank.org

Mission Statement

The primary purpose of the Fairbanks Community Food Bank Service, Inc. is to provide food for hungry people and to distribute surplus food that would ordinarily be discarded. All locally collected food is to be distributed without charge.

Main Programs

  1. Program 1
  2. Fairbanks Community Food Bank Warehouse
  3. USDA CSFP TEFAP
  4. BONEBUILDERS
Service Areas

Self-reported

Alaska

Interior and Northern Alaska

ruling year

1983

CEO since 2016

Self-reported

Mrs. Anne Weaver

Keywords

Self-reported

food, nutrition, volunteer, seniors, children, students, hunger, poverty, Alaska

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Also Known As

Food Bank

EIN

92-0088266

 Number

7919084814

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

Nutrition Programs (K40)

Philanthropy / Charity / Voluntarism Promotion (General) (T50)

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

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In 2016 we served 260,028 meals in Interior Alaska, and almost 1/2 of them were local children.  Doing this work took 19,000 volunteer hours, 2,000,000 pounds of locally donated food, and financial contributions from 4,000 different donors each year. We have been meeting the need in Interior Alaska since 1982. We were started in a recession, and here we are in another fiscal crisis in Alaska, and it is our plan to remain sustainable, stable, resilient, and adaptable, as we have been for the past 34 years.

Programs

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

Program 1

Last year we provided food boxes, through approximately 100 distribution sites, to over 33,000 different people in Interior Alaska. 50% of those people are local children. We also distribute two USDA programs; TEFAP and CSFP. Both are federal income guidelines programs.

Category

Population(s) Served

Budget

Program 2

Fairbanks Community Food Bank Warehouse

We collect local surplus food and distribute it, through 100+ agencies, to the members of the community that need it.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$852,847.00

Program 3

USDA CSFP TEFAP

Two USDA programs serve Interior and Northern Alaska. CSFP serves elders over 60 years old who are income qualified and TEFAP serves those who are federally income qualified.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Aging/Elderly/Senior Citizens

Poor/Economically Disadvantaged, Indigent, General

Budget

$40,000

Program 4

BONEBUILDERS

During the summer we know many of our children do not have sufficient food in their households, because school is out. The Fairbanks Community Food Bank requests certain types of food (kid-friendly) from our community and stores that food for groups in our community who volunteer to pack sacks which fit into backpacks. Once a week, in five locations, the food is distributed by volunteers to those children who enroll in the program. Last year we served over 300 children once a week with this supplemental food.

Category

Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Budget

$0

Results

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How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one. These quantitative program results are self-reported by the organization, illustrating their committment to transparency, learning, and interest in helping the whole sector learn and grow.

1. Number of meals served or provided

Target Population
General/Unspecified, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Fairbanks Community Food Bank Warehouse
TOTALS BY YEAR
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2. Number of pounds of food collected per year

Target Population
General/Unspecified, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Fairbanks Community Food Bank Warehouse
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

3. Number of pounds of food distributed in food boxes each year

Target Population
General/Unspecified, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Fairbanks Community Food Bank Warehouse
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
On average, about 2/3rds of all food collected each year goes into our daily food boxes.

4. Number of pounds of food distributed to other agencies in Interior and Northern Alaska each year

Target Population
General/Unspecified, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Fairbanks Community Food Bank Warehouse
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric
On average, about 1/3 of food collected each year goes into the pantries of other 501C3 organizations

5. Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization

Target Population
General/Unspecified, Economically disadvantaged, low-income, and poor people

Connected to a Program?
Fairbanks Community Food Bank Warehouse
TOTALS BY YEAR
Context notes for this metric

Charting Impact

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

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    REDUCE food waste by recycling local surplus food in this community and in our landfills by at least 1,500,000 pounds annually

    MAINTAIN and sustain the food requests for individuals and families in need by providing at least 200,000 requested meals

    INCREASE the capacity of other agencies in Interior Alaska who serve the at risk population by adding at least 500,000 pounds of food freely given to local those 501C3 agencies

    MAINTAIN volunteers as the primary labor source for this organization by at least 13,200 donated hours each year

    MAINTAIN community financial support of this agency. Our goal is to have at least 70% for the Fairbanks Community Food Bank income from individual and corporate donors (including United Way support).
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    At the Fairbanks Community Food Bank there is a balance of FOOD IN and FOOD OUT, but we are well positioned to respond to an area emergency or other change in the community's food assurance needs. In FY 2016 the demand for Food Bank services exceeded our capacity, but we met those demands. Employees and volunteers served 136% more meals than our goal and took in 158% more food than our baseline. Consistent with our vision and proven track record, when called upon the Food Bank will surpass FY 2017 goals as required to effectively meet community needs.

    There are no plans to expand the Food Bank operation, or make substantial program changes. We will focus on and effectively serve our target population, primarily using volunteer labor and donated food. This is a crucial strategy as Alaska is suffering through a statewide fiscal crisis, and we know we will be serving more people with food needs, but those same people are our donors, too, so we expect loss of revenue.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have "developed" our communities to understand that we CAN share and take care of one another, as the needs arise. We believe our huge volunteer and donor base will be essential in keeping community eyes on the problems Alaska's economy is causing. We have been strategic in working with corporations and local business, so that when people want to "give back" we have a good reputation as an efficient and team building project. We have used good business practices to remain sustainable. Reputation, reputation, reputation is our sustainability plan.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    This Food Bank has a "dashboard" of our strategies which is presented at each board of directors meeting. It measures all the assets we need in order to keep our doors open. Our board of directors is exemplary in that their attendance at board meetings is excellent and they are narrowly focused on "success" of this food bank. We also have a contract with Foraker Shared Services to do our CFO work and they act as independent non-profit management advisors, in case we overlook an indicator.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    When we began 34 years ago we had nothing but an idea. We are now operating nearly 50,000 sq ft of warehouse and office space which provides food assistance to Interior and Northern Alaska. We receive free food and give it away free, so that is an accomplish. The various building projects are donated, built to our specifications, so we are mortgage free. We have 17% of our income, in our warehouse facility, as earned income (rental space). Three-fourths of all that we need to operate this food bank is donated, in-kind, volunteer labor. One-fourth of what we need is cash to keep our doors open and is provided primarily by individual donors and fundraisers.

    One project that we are still working on is increasing our freezer space in order to accommodate incidental caught (by catch) fish. Example, last year there was a fishery in Dutch Harbor, salmon which was "incidentally" caught in that fishery was sent to Seattle for processing and then returned to Alaska. We were able to obtain 2-40 ft van loads of fish sticks and salmon patties to use in our program. Now that the politics of salmon caught in the wrong season has some solutions, we are able to salvage much of that highly desirable protein to use in our food box program. Now we need to build more freezer space to accommodate this gift.
Service Areas

Self-reported

Alaska

Interior and Northern Alaska

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Funding Needs

We are funded this way: 78% Fundraising, corporate and individual donations 17% Earned Income (rental income) 5%  Government grants

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Financials

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FAIRBANKS COMMUNITY FOOD BANK SERVICE INC
Fiscal year: Jul 01-Jun 30
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Operations

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Leadership

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CEO

Mrs. Anne Weaver

BIO

Anne Weaver has worked as Manager of Administration of this organization for over a decade. She replaced Samantha Kirstein who was the Executive Director for 26 years.

STATEMENT FROM THE CEO

"The Fairbanks Community makes a difference in the lives of neighbors by sharing resources. The people of Fairbanks truly live the lessons taught by the Stone Soup Legend –– Fairbanks Style.  Every person gives a little of what they have and the result helps a great number of people.  This is a great community because every year the people in this community meet the needs in this community.  That is pretty amazing! and it has been amazing since 1982. We receive free food and give it away free."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Ms. Karen Kiss

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Term: Oct 2016 - Oct 2017

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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