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2017 ANNUAL REPORT Celebrating 10 Years of Nourishing Toledo


“IT’S LESS ABOUT THE FOOD, IT’S MORE ABOUT THE THOUGHT.” Food For Thought is a Toledo-based and Toledo-focused organization dedicated to feeding and nourishing our community. For 10 years we have taken our grassroots program directly into neighborhoods and the street, meeting and bringing food to people where they live. We build meaningful relationships with the people we serve, and we feed our neighbors with dignity and respect. One in four families in Toledo experiences hunger. Food For Thought programs and partnerships strive to create a community where the hunger for food, respect, and belonging is met for all people.

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Moves the food to the people.

Our Mobile Food Pantries visit 12 different schools, community centers, churches, and partner agencies every month. We take food to the people, assist them in selecting fresh produce and pantry staples.

Serves all people and never turns anyone away.

Families in need are asked only to present ID to receive 3-4 grocery bags of food every visit and can shop with us as often as needed, even without ID. We also serve those who don’t qualify for state aid.

Is Reliable.

Every Saturday morning we hit the streets with PB&J lunches. In 10 years we have never missed a Saturday morning. Through blizzards and heat waves, the people we serve know they can count on us to be there.

Provides a Community for those in need.

Hunger is only one of many things people in poverty experience. Isolation and loneliness can be just as crippling. Our innovative program includes relationship building with those we serve. We stop for introductions and conversations with anyone who wants to connect.

Serves everyone in our community with respect and strives to preserve the dignity of every person we encounter. We don’t just feed people, we nourish them. We listen to and get to know our Saturday morning PB&J lunch patrons. And we listen and act on feedback from those we serve, our volunteers, and donors.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE SOMETIMES YOU HIT A BAD MONTH AND IT’S NICE TO KNOW THERE IS ASSISTANCE AND HELP OUT THERE. I’M APPRECIATIVE TO KNOW THAT THE HELP IS HERE. IT MEANS EVERYTHING TO ME TO MAKE SURE MY KIDS ARE TAKEN CARE OF. 3

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LETTER FROM THE DIRECTOR

Dear Friends, It’s my privilege to have been at the helm of Food For Thought during our 10 year anniversary milestone. While 2017 was a strong year in-and-of itself, I couldn’t help but reflect on Food For Thought’s amazing evolution over the past decade. From our humble beginnings, with a small group of people who started packing PB&J lunches to share and extend welcome to others, we have become an impactful and influential food assistance organization in the Toledo community. I take pride in the fact that through our periods of growth and refining, we’ve stayed true to our roots: serving others thoughtfully, acknowledging humanity and dignity in everyone we encounter, and creating access & entry points for people to both be served and join us in service & volunteering. 2017 was a year of solidifying our organizational foundation and reconnecting with our mission and passion. • Our staff and board assessed Food For Thought’s strengths while analyzing service gaps that exist in our community. We reviewed internally collected data and data from other local agencies. These results are guiding our path forward to teach others how to increase food access while treating people with respect and dignity. • We have refined our mobile pantry system to make it approachable, effective, and efficient. Through all the lessons we’ve learned over the past 10 years, we’ve been able to smooth our operating system, opening the door for more volunteers and more host sites to join us in distributing much needed groceries and fresh produce to families in need. • We revamped our branding, creating a visual presence that captures the spirit of our work while showcasing our organizational advancement. • Our community partnerships with Pathway, Mercy Health, Neighborhood Health Association, mobile pantry host sites and the Toledo Farmers Market, were stronger than ever this year in donations collected, number of individuals served, and quality of programming. It is so evident that our work is more impactful for the families we serve when we work collaboratively. In 10 years we have built a strong foundation from which to serve our neighbors in need, not only providing the most basic fundamental need of food, but also of relationship, of welcome, and of dignity. As we see it, meeting those needs is just as critical to provide true nourishment. But lest we forget, “Food For Thought” is comprised of an incredible network of volunteers, donors, supporters, advocates, and friends like you. I want to thank you for taking part in nourishing our community. We’re looking forward to another 10 years of service in Toledo and hopeful that you will continue with us on our journey to nourish our neighbors in the place we call home. Thoughtfully,

Jill Bunge Executive Director

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2017 SPECIAL EVENTS

Toledo SOUP Award

In May, Food For Thought competed with 3 other local groups to win a Toledo SOUP mini-grant. Our collaborative project with Social Services for the Arab Community provided 75 culturally appropriate food boxes for 25 immigrant and refugee families resettling in Toledo.

Photo: Toledo.com

Jam City

The 5th Annual Jam City Event drew 550 PB&J aficionados to the Huntington Center in downtown Toledo for imaginative and delicious creations inspired by our favorite lunchtime classic. For 5 years supporters, sponsors, and participants have shown how good food can do real good in the community. Durty Bird was dubbed the “Grand “Jam-pion” with their peanut butter & mole pulled pork nacho with bacon and date jam. First time competitors, the Toledo Museum Cafe walked away with Best Presentation for their Peanut Butter Braised Chicken Thigh with Cayenne Cherry Jam, and Mac n’ Melts was dubbed Most Creative for their Apple Fritter with caramelized onion jam, gouda cheese, crushed peanuts, and thick cut bacon. Proceeds will sponsor mobile pantry sites in 2018.

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2017 SPECIAL EVENTS

Eat in the Street

Food For Thought hosted our 2nd Eat in the Street event in September, bringing 100 guests together under a 100 foot tent in the center of Adams Street in Uptown Toledo’s entertainment district. Thirteen top Toledo chefs collaborated on a 5-course meal showcasing our abundant growing season with locally grown produce. Funds raised will purchase fresh fruits and vegetables during the winter months for patrons of our mobile food pantries.

Best of the Midwest

In partnership with Black Cloister Brewing Company and 4 amazing local restaurants, we battled the winter blues by hosting a special dinner featuring hearty Midwestern favorites: meat, potatoes, and beer. Deet’s BBQ smoked an entire pig, creating a dramatic (and delicious) centerpiece. Craft beers were paired with each side dish and guests enjoyed live music. Funds will be used to purchase PB&J lunch packing supplies.

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IT TAKES A VILLAGE Food For Thought distributed 35,000 pounds of locally grown food through our “Reverse Booth” program. Each year the Toledo Farmers Market generously donates a stall at the downtown market for us to use. From June-October local farmers, gardeners, and market shoppers donate produce directly to our mobile pantry initiatives. Monetary donations captured at the market are used to purchase produce at a reduced rate so we can offer our patrons fresh, nutritious, locally grown food all summer long.

Local businesses and agencies who share our vision and purpose with partnerships and volunteerism include: Trinity Episcopal Church, Leadership Toledo, Buckeye Broadband, Burkett Restaurant Equipment, Owens Corning, Stapleton Insurance, TKBW Foundation, Toledo Edison, Toledo Public Schools, Mercy Health, Neighborhood Health Association, Pathway, Mark Feldstein & Associates, Sam Okun Produce, Fallen Timbers Arbor #792 of Gleaner Life Insurance Society, BGSU Nutrition & Dietetics Department, and The University Church. A special thank you to all of our wonderful host site partners who lend their time and energy to help with pantry promotion and operation. We are so appreciative of your commitment to ensuring families in your neighborhood and across Toledo get the food they need with the dignity they deserve.

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Crossroads Community Church

Wayman-Palmer YMCA

St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

Robinson Elementary School

The Tabernacle

Pickett Academy

Nova Faith Church

Agape Community Center

Faith Community Church

Waite High School Fireside Church


“FOOD FOR THOUGHT IS A GOD-SEND RIGHT NOW. THE PEOPLE FOR FOOD FOR THOUGHT ARE SO VERY KIND AND HAVE TREATED ME LIKE A FAMILY MEMBER JUST COMING OVER TO RAID THE PANTRY. ” DEANNA

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MOVING FOOD TO PEOPLE What does it take for Food for Thought to get 315,000 pounds of food to people each year?

Our truck and trailer pick up supplies from food banks and produce suppliers

Food is brought back to the warehouse to be unloaded, sorted, and inventoried

Drivers load 2,500 pounds of food onto rolling shelves for the pantry and prepare the cases for the volunteers

Packed shelves are loaded onto the trailer and driven to the host pantry site

In winter, pantry shelves are rolled inside the host site; in summer, we serve families right from the trailer

Leftovers are returned to the warehouse and shelves are re-stocked for the next pantry

2017 SERVICE STATS

5,078

HOUSEHOLDS SERVED

13,113 INDIVIDUALS SERVED

LUCAS COUNTY

9

6,876

WOOD COUNTY

261

4,032

2,614

25

79

CHILDREN SERVED

COUNTIES SERVED

SENIORS SERVED

ZIP CODES SERVED


VISIT FREQUENCY BY CLIENT

5.5% Three Visits

70% One Visit 13.3% Two Visits

11.2% Four or More Visits

2017 VOLUNTEER STATS

TOTAL VOLUNTEER HOURS FOR 2017

TOTAL VOLUNTEERS

1114

4358

PB&J LUNCH VOLUNTEERS

2609

Volunteer Hours

1264

Volunteers

WAREHOUSE, OFFICE & EVENT VOLUNTEERS

765

Volunteer Hours

96

Volunteers

MOBILE PANTRY VOLUNTEERS

643

Volunteer Hours

48

Volunteers

Volunteers are the heart and soul of Food For Thought. We are so appreciative of the time, energy, and love that our dedicated volunteers bring every day. You make it possible to accomplish so much year in and year out. Thank you!

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“I APPRECIATE WHAT FOOD FOR THOUGHT DOES FOR THE COMMUNITY. I BECAME A MOTHER AT 15 YEARS OLD AND THIS HAS BEEN A TREMENDOUS HELP.”

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CORDNEY


FINANCIALS

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Fee For Service 13% Individuals 33%

Federal Grants 22%

Foundations 10%

se n e Administrative 22%

Program 58% Corporate 19%

Church 1%

Fundraising 20%

Annual Operating Budget 2017: $175,593.29

NHA 3% PB&J Lunch Packing & Distribution 3%

Misc. 3%

Mercy 12%

Mobile Pantries 74%

C a te g o r y

Farmers Market 12%

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United Way <1%

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BOARD MEMBERS Dan Nathan, JD - Board Chair Clinical Professor of Law at University of Toledo Malcolm Cunningham - Secretary Zepf Center Prakash Karamchandani (PK) Co-Owner, Balance Pan-Asian Grille Jonathan Richards - Treasurer Senior Tax Associate CliftonLarsonAllen, LLP Scott Delaney FreshSpoke Saundra Irvine Radio Host, iHeart Radio Fox Sports Fat Cat Cooking Show Business Marketing, Salts of the 7 Seas Jessica Buhrow Software Implementation Specialist Solana Autumn Shock Owner-Operator, Emmet 23 Graphics Owner-Operator, Sodbuster Bar Scot Henshaw Central Managed Care HCR ManorCare Karl Strauss Regional Compliance Officer, ProMedica Don Schiewer Pastor Dust Covenant Church

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“FOOD FOR THOUGHT HELPS US OUT SO MUCH. I HATE THAT I HAVE TO BE HERE, SO I TRY TO HELP AS MUCH AS I CAN, WHOEVER I CAN, BECAUSE I GET THIS HELP.” MELISSA

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Thoughts on Hunger Did you know that 1 in 4 families in our community struggle with hunger each year? Childhood hunger is a major issue in Toledo. 80% of children in Toledo Public Schools and 60% of children in Washington Local Schools are eligible for free and reduced school meals? In Ohio, nearly 18% of older adults struggle with food insecurity. Nationally, there has been a 65% increase in senior hunger from 2007 to 2014, which is credited partially to the economic recession that started in 2007. 1 in 5 Lucas County residents lives in poverty. While struggling to afford basic living expenses, many have to choose between putting food on the table and covering the cost of rent, utilities, medication, education, and transportation. You can ensure that food is one less thing for our neighbors in need to worry about. Give or serve with Food For Thought today.

Give Online feedtoledo.org Checks by mail Food For Thought 316 Adams Street #2 Toledo, OH 43604 To learn more about our work and how you can get involved, visit us at feedtoledo.org E-mail us directly at info@feedtoledo.org Call us at 419.972.0022

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Food For Thought 2017 Annual Report  

An overview of our organization's 2017 accomplishments, milestones, and financials for review by donors, volunteers, and supporters.

Food For Thought 2017 Annual Report  

An overview of our organization's 2017 accomplishments, milestones, and financials for review by donors, volunteers, and supporters.

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