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Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc.

 PO Box 8638
 Lowell, MA 01853
[P] (978) 4547272
[F] --
Amy Pessia
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LAST UPDATED: 08/20/2015
Organization DBA MVFB
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No



Mission StatementMORE »

The mission of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank (MVFB) is to help meet a person's most profound need for adequate nutrition and freedom from hunger. Through our partnerships and collaboration with poverty and anti-hunger non-profit organizations, MVFB addresses issues related to the root causes of hunger; encourages the community to participate; and works to bring about economic change by providing low-income individuals and families with resources to improve their economic situation. Only through cooperative efforts can society initiate change, develop strategies to alleviate hunger and work toward improving the quality of life for all people.

Mission Statement

The mission of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank (MVFB) is to help meet a person's most profound need for adequate nutrition and freedom from hunger. Through our partnerships and collaboration with poverty and anti-hunger non-profit organizations, MVFB addresses issues related to the root causes of hunger; encourages the community to participate; and works to bring about economic change by providing low-income individuals and families with resources to improve their economic situation. Only through cooperative efforts can society initiate change, develop strategies to alleviate hunger and work toward improving the quality of life for all people.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $3,784,668.00
Projected Expense $3,739,501.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Food Distribution
  • Mobile Pantry
  • Operation Nourish

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank (MVFB) is to help meet a person's most profound need for adequate nutrition and freedom from hunger. Through our partnerships and collaboration with poverty and anti-hunger non-profit organizations, MVFB addresses issues related to the root causes of hunger; encourages the community to participate; and works to bring about economic change by providing low-income individuals and families with resources to improve their economic situation. Only through cooperative efforts can society initiate change, develop strategies to alleviate hunger and work toward improving the quality of life for all people.

Background Statement


In 1991 the Middlesex Shelter (now called the Lowell Transitional Living Center) began the first food bank serving Lowell. Two years later the Merrimack Valley Food Bank (MVFB) was formed and incorporated as a separate organization with its own by-laws and board of directors. Initially the MVFB operated from an old mill warehouse building and utilized a rental U-Haul truck to pick up food donations that supplied a few agencies inLowell and surrounding towns. The operation moved to its current location in 1995. Over the years the 19,000 square foot warehouse has been renovated to accommodate food storage and office space.

In 20 years MVFB has grown from six to 32 communities and has distributed more than 36 million pounds of food. We partner with more than 100 member agency programs (pantries and meal programs) in Massachusetts and New Hampshire that obtain food at our food distribution center. These agencies make the food available to individuals and families that are struggling to afford food.

MVFB operates eight food programs that benefit low-income individuals and families who lack the financial resources to purchase sufficient quantities of nutritious foods while struggling to pay other household expenses. Our programs include: Food Distribution, Food Rescue, Mobile Pantry, Summer Lunch, Operation Nourish, Community Market,USDA The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP). In addition we require our agencies to take aNutrition and Safe Food Handling Education Program every two years which provides valuable information regarding safe transportation, storage, and handling of food.

The food MVFB distributes is obtained from the USDA and Massachusetts emergency food assistance programs, donations from local and national food retailers, manufacturers, and distributors, as well as foods collected from neighborhood and corporate food drives, and fresh produce and fruits from local farms during the growing season.

MVFB employs seven full-time and five part-time staff to operate its nine programs from the food distribution center inLowell. The 25 member Board of Directors reviews the status of programs, budget concerns, and provides guidance on fundraising and campaign events. MVFB relies on hundreds of volunteers to assist fundraising events and food drives, sort donated cans in our warehouse, and perform routine maintenance.

Impact Statement

FY 2014 Accomplishments:

  • The number of people visiting our member agencies for supplemental food remained above the 2008 recession level. Our member agency pantries and meal programs served an average of 62,566 individuals monthly. In July 2013 the number of individuals receiving food reached 69,841, exceeding the previous high of 69,783 of August 2012.

  • Increased our service level by adding seven new food pantries to our membership to distribute food. Ten agencies that were eligible to shop for only donated foods qualified to receive food from the federal and state emergency food programs.

  • Distributed 2,801,020 pounds of food, slightly less than our goal in part due to the timing of receiving USDA foods.

  • We ended the fiscal year ahead of budget with revenues exceeding projections by 25%.

FY 2015 Accomplishments:

  • Reached a new annual high in the number of people visiting our member agencies to 71,666. Each month, we distribute food to an average of 61,875 individuals.

  • We welcomed eight new food pantries to our agency membership, causing our service area to increase to now distributing food within 34 communities in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

  • We are currently on track to reach our goal of distributing more than 3 million pounds of food, to date we have distributed more than 2.5 million.

  • Team members have been encouraged to increase their knowledge and experience in their job responsibilities and enabled our Assistant Director/CFO to receive a certificate in Essentials of Human Resource Management, and our Program Coordinator a certification for ServSafe food handling practices.

  • Corporate Sponsorship has increased with the formation of 22 new partnerships.

FY 2016 Goals:

  • Distribute more than 3 million pounds

  • Add 6 more agencies to our membership

  • Expand service area into 2 more communities

  • Partner with 6 new food companies for food donations

  • Increase corporate sponsors by 5 business to provide a mutually beneficial climate involving volunteer, food donation, and fundraising activities for employees and managers of businesses in our community.


Needs Statement


Need: Funding to purchase food to be distributed toLowellPublic Schoolstudents participating in Operation Nourish. Operation Nourish provides students in with a bag of food twice a month. We had budgeted to serve 475 students in six schools during the 2013-14 school year and are currently serving 506 students.

Need: Funding for food and to manage the program. Mobile Pantry delivers groceries to 440 homebound elderly and disabled clients in Greater Lowell. The types of food are selected for each client based on their individual health and medical requirements.

Need: Funding to safely store and distribute food. Food Distribution is the primary source of food for all our programs and for the agencies that distribute to the public in need. Funding sources are needed to operate the program which maintains a safe warehouse environment for storing and distributing food. The distribution center (warehouse) houses a large walk-in refrigerator and two walk-in freezers. Other expenses associated with keeping food safe are our three trucks (including one refrigerator truck) used to transport food.


CEO Statement


Board Chair Statement


Geographic Area Served

In a specific U.S. city, cities, state(s) and/or region.


Our service area includes 31 towns in Massachusettsand 3 in New Hampshire, primarily extending along Interstate 495 from Littleton, MA to the New Hampshire border but also includes part of the North Shore and a few towns in the Greater Boston area. The communities served by our member agencies in Massachusetts include:

Lowell, Dracut, Chelmsford, Westford, Littleton, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro, Billerica, Bedford, North Andover, Methuen, Lawrence, Haverhill, Bradford, Amesbury, Merrimack, Salisbury, Newburyport, Salem, North Reading, Stoneham, Medford, Lynn, Beverly, Everett, Saugus, Boston, Watertown, Ayer, Pepperell, Still River and Woburn. In New Hampshire we have member agencies that provide food to families in Salem, Nashua, and Windham.

Organization Categories

  1. Human Services - Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
  2. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Food Banks, Food Pantries
  3. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Food Programs

Independent research has been conducted on this organization's theory of change or on the effectiveness of this organization's program(s)



Food Distribution

The Food Distribution Program, the largest of eight food programs, stores, manages, and distributes food from thestate and federal emergency food assistance programs,foods donated by the community, and purchased with grants. These food sources are distributed to our member agency programs (pantries and meal programs) in 29 Massachusetts and three New Hampshire towns that in turn distribute the food to individuals and families who are struggling to afford food. It also serves as the primary source of food for MVFB’s other programs.


Food is distributed to pantries and meal programs based on the number of people they serve. The distribution center is open three days a week for agencies to shop. Each agency is assigned a designated day to pick up food from our distribution center.Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program(MEFAP) and USDAThe Emergency Food Assistance Program(TEFAP) foods are free to eligible agencies. Agencies are routinely notified of availability of foods in stock. Our warehouse staff receives deliveries or picks up donations daily throughout the state and in New Hampshire.


New organizations interested in acquiring food from MVFB’s Food Distribution Program submit a written application along with proof of non-profit status, board of health compliance, and must confirm that the food will be distributed to those in need at no charge regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, or disability. We conduct a site visit to ensure that the applicant’s facility satisfies all criteria. Once accepted, an agency will be permitted to shop at MVFB’s distribution center for donated foods which are available for a shared maintenance fee of $0.16 per pound (to help offset transport and storage costs). After an introductory period of one year, members in good standing are eligible to receive USDA and MEFAP food free of charge and may continue to purchase the donated foods. All agencies may purchase the donated foods based on availability and rationing.

Budget  $325,933.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated
Program Short-Term Success 

We anticipate distributing 3 million pounds of food in FY 2014. Approximately 50,000 individuals will receive food monthly from 110 member agencies.

Program Long-Term Success 

MVFB’s ultimate goal is to reduce hunger and food insecurity in the communities it serves. To accomplish this we must engage the community, forming partnerships with individuals and the business community to invest in the community by providing in-kind and monetary support. Collaboration is essential to sustain the level of program support necessary to meet the demand for supplemental food in our region, ultimatelybringing about economic change for low-income individuals and their families.

Program Success Monitored By 

The success of our programs is measured by the number of people receiving food and the pounds of food distributed. Program evaluation is based on:

·        Amount of food distributed to each member agency

·        Member agency census of people receiving food

·        Agency annual review


All food is weighed as it arrives in the warehouse and agency food orders are weighed before departing the warehouse. Agencies are required to record the quantity of food distributed to people shopping at their facility. This information enables us to adjust our food level accordingly as well as alter the types of food each agency needs for their clients.

In order for our agencies to shop and remain in good standing, they must submit monthly and annual reports on people served including: demographics, gender, age, race, and ethnicity and the number of bags of food distributed. The annual agency review examines the level of food and service satisfaction and gathers nutritional and food preference information from each agency.

Examples of Program Success 

The success of our Food Distribution Program is measured by the pounds of food distributed and the number of people served. FY 2013 concluded with distributing nearly 3 million pounds of food to 110 member agencies (pantries and meal programs), reaching of approximately nore than 57,000 individuals monthly. We added seven new member agencies (food pantries and meal programs) in six towns that did not previously have an emergency food program. The increase in pounds of food can be attributed to additional unrestricted funds available that we used to purchase food, and we received considerable more food  from the USDA and state emergency food assistant programs than FY 2012.

Mobile Pantry

The Mobile Pantry addresses the critical need of maintaining good health of the homebound low income elderly and disabled in Greater Lowell. Volunteers deliver nutritious supplemental foods and health information monthly to help clients develop healthy eating habits, reduce and or prevent food insecurity to maintain a better quality of life.


The program rose out of the desire of M/A-COM employees in Lowell, MA to help homebound elderly and disabled individuals at risk of food insecurity and unable to take part in other food programs due to their physical limitations. M/A-COM employees delivered groceries and visited each client monthly until 2004 when the program merged with MVFB.

The program is managed by a full-time director, two part-time staff, and more than 60 volunteers who package and deliver food to each client’s home based on individual health requirements. In FY 2013 440 enrolled clients were served along with emergency delivers to residents in Lowell, Chelmsford, Billerica, Dracut, Tewksbury, and Tyngsboro. As the Mobile Pantry is the only program in the Greater Lowell area that assists homebound elderly and disabled residents, it fills the service gap by ensuring that these individuals who are unable to take part in other food programs due to physical limitations have the food they need to remain healthy.

The Mobile Pantry is not a shopping service, but a means by which recipients can stretch their food dollars.We strive to provide the freshest and healthiest foods possible. Clients receive low-sodium and sugar-free products; fresh produce, dairy products, beverages, frozen meats, and canned goods as specified by their individual dietary requests. Clients receive approximately 35 pounds of food with which they can create up to 30 meals. Recipes, social services, health and nutritional information are put in the bags to help clients learn about proper eating and health related topics. Additional bags are delivered for seasonal holidays.

Budget  100,026
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens People/Families with of People with Disabilities
Program Short-Term Success 

Our short term success is measured by achieving our fiscal year objectives.

·        Service 450 clients (including emergency deliveries)

·        Deliver 85,500 poundsof nutritious food to clients

·        Encourage client’s social interaction

·        Increase number of volunteers

·        Fund raising expectations $12,900

·        Food drives: collect 21,300 pounds of food

·        Increase number of corporate partners for financial support and volunteers

Program Long-Term Success 

MVFB’s vision for the Mobile Pantry is to continue to serve eligible homebound elderly and disabled individuals in Greater Lowell. Through speaking engagements and attending local business events, the Program Director seeks community involvement to promote public awareness of food insecurity among the elderly population. We will continue to develop our partnership with Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and Greater Boston Food Bank to provide food packages to elderly people living in Lowell Housing Authority properties.

Program Success Monitored By 

The Mobile Pantry Program is evaluated based on client feedback, the number of clients served yearly, and the total pounds of food distributed to our clients. Each client has an opportunity to offer feedback on the program’s food and service through an annual questionnaire. Client’s medical and dietary requirements are reviewed annually to make adjustments to food selections. Volunteers who deliver the groceries each month check on the status of their clients and are able to report problems. We pass the information to the appropriate person to address any concerns.

The annual client survey provides us an update on each person’s medical information, dietary requirements, and food preferences (likes and dislikes). Demographic statistics, including ethnicity, gender, and ages are collected on clients served monthly which is used by our grant writer and to inform our sponsors and constituents of how their investments are supporting the program.

Examples of Program Success 

During the 2011 fall semester we collaborated with a group of U Mass Lowell, School of Health and Environment students to survey the Mobile Pantry’s clients. The Mobile Pantry Director worked with a group of undergraduate students to write the survey that was distributed to all clients. The students analyzed the results thatreinforces the value of the program and its contribution to the elderly and disabled individuals enrolled in the program: 

·        69% would eat fewer fruits and vegetables without the Mobile Pantry’s monthly grocery delivery

·        66% would spend less money on other necessities such as medicine or utility bills in order to pay for food

·        64% would skip meals more often 

When asked how much of the food they received month do they used:

·        56% used all of the food provided

·        39% used most of the food

·        4% used some of the food

Operation Nourish

Operation Nourish addresses hunger of Lowell Public School children who are at risk of food insecurity on weekends and during school vacations. The focus is on schools with the highest percentage of students eligible for free or reduced USDA meals, as high as 92.5%. It is tailored to each school’s needs. Twice a month elementary students receive a bag of healthy snacks, non-perishable beverages, and ingredients for a family meal: canned tuna or chicken, rice or pasta, vegetables and fresh fruit when available.In the middle and high school the program delivers healthy snacks and beverages to the school nurse and social worker to offer students with hunger related complaints during the school day.The food is intended to supplement other sources a family has and offers the children who frequently go to school without breakfast and who may not eat regular meals outside of school the resources and food to give them strength to remain attentive to learn and develop healthy lifestyles.
In FY 2013 we added two additional schools; more than 600 students benefited from receiving either a bag of food twice a month or enjoyed a healthy snack or beverage at school. 506 students in six schools are participating.  As the year progresses, we will add more as funding is available.
Budget  $28,140
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

While Operation Nourish is a relatively new program, its impact is evident by the rapid expansion (doubling in size after only a few months), which indicates the need for such a program and its success in our community. The program began with 155 elementary students at one school in September 2011, and within a month two other schools were added, serving 50 at each school. We have received positive feedback from parents, students, and teachers who have generally been pleased with the supplemental food provided and the distribution process.The children express excitement on distribution day and look forward to receiving a bag of food.

Program Long-Term Success 

Ultimately Operation Nourish strives to decrease the number of students at risk of food insecurity on weekends and school vacations toimprove health and academic achievement. National research shows that children who eat regular healthy meals have a longer attention span, exhibit higher test scores, and have fewer mental and physical health problems. Many students depend on food programs that run exclusively through their school. We would like to see fewer complaints of hunger from students; this includes reduce the number of cases of extreme hunger on Monday mornings, fewer absences and/or tardiness’, and help the student’s ability to concentrate in classes. Educating and introducing students to nutritious food choices will encourage students and their parents to make healthy food choices on their own. The long-term change and improvement will be apparent in the student’s increased energy level to learn and play in school because they are not hungry.

Program Success Monitored By 

The program’s success is measured primarily by the feedback received from participants: students, parents, school administration, and teachers. Surveys will be conducted three times a year: an initial count and demographic assessment of participants will be conducted in September, followed by a mid-year assessment in January at the start of the second semester, and an end of the year assessment in June. We also provide an incentive for parents to return the survey.

Examples of Program Success 

The school administration routinely received positive feedback from the teachers and students. To further emphasize the importance ofOperation Nourishand the necessity to provide nutritious food toLowell’s school children, we’d like to share with you a story. When school administrators were shopping for Christmas gifts for their students, they noticed a family included “FOOD”on their Christmas wish list. "Thank goodness we haveOperation Nourishto help provide nutritious snacks and personal care items to so many of our families, but particularly this family at this point in time," exclaimed the Lincoln School Vice-Principal.

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments



CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amy Pessia
CEO Term Start Dec 2002
CEO Email
CEO Experience Amy Pessia was promoted to Executive Director of the Merrimack Valley Food in July 2005, after serving as Assistant Director for 2 years. Before joining the staff at the Food Bank, Amy served on the board of directors as recording secretary. Amy received her Associates Degree in Communications from Endicott College and her Bachelors in General Studies from Salem State College, with a concentration in Advertising and Public Relations. Prior to joining the Food Bank staff, Amy was employed as a Marketing Manager at Enterprise Rent A Car for 9 years. Her responsibilities at the Food Bank include: supervisory support for all departments and programs at the food bank, raising awareness of the issues of hunger and homelessness in the community, agency relations, nutritional support for agencies, organizing and conducting fundraising events, volunteer coordination and development, and acting as liaison between the community, the board of directors and the Food Bank.  Amy has served as both vice-chairperson and chairperson of the Lowell Hunger Homeless Commission, and serves on the Advisory Board of for the Greater Lowell Technical High School Community Service program, and the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and Community Service Committee.  She is a member of the Greater Lowell Health Alliance Healthy Weight Task Force, and the Food Security Coalition Subcommittee for the City of Lowell’s 10 Year Plan to End Homelessness.   
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start July 1999
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mrs. Irene Reagan Oct 1993 --

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
-- -- --


Award Awarding Organization Year
Celebration of Excellence Non Profit of the Year Nominee Enterprise Bank 2008


Affiliation Year
Chamber of Commerce 2012
-- --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
-- --


Our organization partners with individuals, families, community and philanthropic groups to accomplish our mission to distribute food to our neighbors. Local and national companies of all sizes join forces with us and one another to provide monetary, food and in kind donations to the MVFB.  Specific collaborators include, but are not limited to: CANstruction Boston (2011 - 2013); Macy's "Bags Hunger" and "Shop for a Cause" Campaigns; The Tsongas Ceneter at UMass Lowell Backyard Concert Series, and UMass Lowell's Chancellor, Athletic, and other clubs; Middlesex Community College; Rotary Clubs of Lowell, Dracut, Westford and Chelmsford, MA; Exchange Club of Salem NH, Lions Club of Lowell and their young club members, the Leos.  We also engage corporate employees and individuals to volunteer for activities and events to mutually benefit both organizations. Among our volunteers are developmentally challenged adults from structured day and residential programs including: Work Opportunities, Plus Group, American Training, and Alternative Support. Together with trained supervisory staff of their group programs, these challenged adults help pack food orders and deliver groceries weekly.  We engage over 100 volunteers twice annually for a neighborhood food drive that collects up to 20,000 pounds of food in one day.  We also partner with our member agencies to facilitate the distribution of food to individuals and families in need, as well as with our counterpart Food Banks in MA and NH to share resources. 

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

As the demand increases for emergency food assistance among children, seniors, veterans, disabled people and working families, the resources of the MVFB must also rise to meet the demand.  We operate within our means, relying upon diverse funding and in-kind sources of support to continue providing food to our neighbors in nearly 30 cities and towns in MA and NH. We continually seek new funding and food donation partners, and believe that people can learn, work or look for work and LIVE if they have basic necessities, including food.       

Foundation Comments


Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 9
Number of Part Time Staff 5
Number of Volunteers 600
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 12
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 11
Male: 3
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration Yes

Risk Management Provisions


Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? Yes
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Annually


Board Chair Mr. James Good
Board Chair Company Affiliation Lowell Regional Transit Authority
Board Chair Term Sept 2011 - Sept 2012
Board Co-Chair Mr. George Anastas
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Anastas Advertising Associates
Board Co-Chair Term Sept 2011 - Sept 2012

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
George Anastas Anastas Advertising Associates Voting
Deborah Balanger Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau Voting
Peter Boyle Jeanne D’Arc Credit Union Voting
Dennis Carragher Community Volunteer NonVoting
Linda Dawson -- --
Tami Dristiliaris -- --
Wendi Giuliano Curtis 1000 Voting
James P. Good -- --
Jeff Hall Retired Navy, currently a Grad student Voting
Hank Houle Chelmsford Fire Department Voting
Vichtcha Kong Washington Savings Bank Voting
Raymond LaFerriere -- --
Meaghan Lally-McGurl Enterprise Bank Voting
Jackie Lussier Retired NonVoting
Steve Mallette -- --
Terry McCarthy Mill City Management Corp Voting
Danielle McFadden Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce Voting
Peter Mullin -- --
Laurie Nystrom Lowell Five Cent Savings Bank Voting
David Pelchat Community Volunteer Voting
Richard Rourke Tuto Benne Voting
Dave Shaughnessy Retired NonVoting
Luis Soares Eastern Bank Voting
Jack Tiffany -- --
Tony Wallace -- --

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 1
Caucasian: 22
Hispanic/Latino: 1
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 10
Male: 15
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 59%
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy No
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 11%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 96%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Building
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Executive
  • Nominating
  • Special Events (Golf Tournament, Walk / Run, Silent Auction, Dinner / Gala)

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

Our organization has grown since our inception in 1993, as a result of increasingly difficult economic crises being faced by our neighbors of all ages, cultures and socioeconomic backgrounds.  We are constantly evolving and adding programming to fill gaps in access to emergency food, while remaining fiscally conservative.  Our outreach efforts to all our constituents are personal, and we make an effort to connect our supporters with the individuals and families that they assist.   Our geographic reach is mot limited by our affiliations, and we welcome any emergency food provider to access food from the MVFB as long as they are in compliance with local, state and federal guidelines, as well as our organizational policies for membership.

Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2013 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2012 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2014 to June 30, 2015
Projected Income $3,784,668.00
Projected Expense $3,739,501.00
Form 990s

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2014 MVFB Audit

2013 MVFB Audit

2012 MVFB Audit

2011 MVFB Audit

2010 MVFB Audit

2009 MVFB Audit

IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Revenue $3,712,829 $3,528,355 $3,665,774
Total Expenses $3,739,328 $3,442,017 $3,658,338

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $506,354 $481,551 $569,716
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $1,718,503 $1,963,536 $1,776,965
Investment Income, Net of Losses $1,331 $784 $1,163
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $118,167 $110,956 $88,210
Revenue In-Kind $1,367,447 $970,996 $1,229,419
Other $1,027 $532 $301

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Program Expense $3,655,601 $3,335,786 $3,528,500
Administration Expense $83,727 $106,231 $129,838
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 0.99 1.03 1.00
Program Expense/Total Expenses 98% 97% 96%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Total Assets $1,461,663 $1,487,928 $1,418,642
Current Assets $655,450 $634,460 $576,930
Long-Term Liabilities $35,782 $46,445 $55,364
Current Liabilities $44,346 $33,449 $41,582
Total Net Assets $1,381,535 $1,408,034 $1,321,696

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --
3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
-- --
-- --

Financial Planning

Endowment Value $0.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line No
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 5.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose Major building expansion and renovations. At this time we have not determined a campaign goal.
Campaign Goal --
Capital Campaign Dates -
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount --
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 14.78 18.97 13.87

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2014 2013 2012
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 2% 3% 4%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

We ended the FY 2014 with a surplus of $42,254.

Revenues were 25% higher than projected or $187,729, 72% of which were from grants, 11% from fundraisers, 13% from donations, and 4% from other income. The extra grant revenue and donations allowed us to increase food purchases by 193% that in turn allowed us to expand programs and offer more nutritious food choices to supplement what we receive in food donations. We continued to see the benefits in fundraising and general donations due to our expanded marketing campaign that was implemented last year in response to the increasing demand for our services.

Expenses increased in conjunction with the growth in revenue. Food purchases as mentioned above increased $114,806. The additional revenue allowed us to upgrade to a new data management software system to better track donors, volunteers, and grants. We were also able to strengthen our marketing efforts by creating and implementing a formal community awareness campaign and producing an informational video. Our marketing plans are crucial to gathering and maintaining support for the Food Bank where we serve more than 60,000 individuals monthly through a network of 115 agency feeding programs. As a result of the expanded programs and augmented food purchases, expenses rose 21%. We maintain a cash reserve of approximately 5-6 months at any given time. At the end of the fiscal year (June), we had a cash balance on hand of $420,530.

Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above are per the organization's audited financials. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.


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