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Merrimack Valley Food Bank, Inc.

 PO Box 8638
 Lowell, MA 01853
[P] (978) 4547272
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[email protected]
Amy Pessia
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EIN 22-3241609

LAST UPDATED: 10/18/2017
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 barriers that prevent low to moderate income families and individuals from accessing healthy food; engages the community to join our mission; 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 barriers that prevent low to moderate income families and individuals from accessing healthy food; engages the community to join our mission; 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, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $992,145.00
Projected Expense $985,348.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Food Distribution
  • Mobile Pantry
  • Operation Nourish

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

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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 barriers that prevent low to moderate income families and individuals from accessing healthy food; engages the community to join our mission; 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 (NKA the Lowell Transitional Living Center) began the first food bank serving Lowell. In 1993 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 on Broadway Street in 1995. Over the years the 19,000 square foot warehouse has been renovated to accommodate food storage and office space.

The MVFB has grown exponentially, in the amount of food donated to our organization and the numbers of individuals and families served.  We accomplish this by parterning with more than 100 member agency food pantries and meal programs in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  These members access food at our food distribution center, and bring it to their food pantries and meal programs, where it is given to individuals and families that are struggling to afford enough food to maintain a healthy lifestyle.

MVFB is able to acquire, transport and safely store large quantities of food on behalf of the neighborhood feeding agencies.  We also identify and fill in gaps that may prevent people from accessing healthy food through our Mobile Pantry, Summer Lunch, Operation Nourish and Community Market programs.  We bring food to where people live, learn and participate in activities, thus increasing their accessibility to food.  We also manage food through our contracts with the USDA and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and State of MA - Massachusetts Emergency Food Assistance Program (MEFAP). 

Additional food sources include 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 and gardens during the growing season.

MVFB employs eight full-time and seven part-time staff to operate. The 24 volunteer Board of Directors contribute financially, review the status of programs, budget concerns, and provide committee service and guidance for fundraising events and campaigns. MVFB relies on hundreds of volunteers to assist fundraising events and food drives, sort donated cans in our warehouse, deliver and pick up food and perform administrative and warehouse improvements and maintenance tasks.

Impact Statement

FY 2017 Accomplishments:
  • Added 7 new partner agencies to access nutritious food at our Food Distribution Center, including 2 higher education food pantries
  • In July 2016 we served a new record-high of 84,308 individuals
  • Promoted two employees to senior staff positions
  • Distributed 3.5 million pounds of nutritious food
  • Acquired food donations from 6 new manufacturing, distributing, retail companies, community gardens and farms
  •  Total Volunteer contributions in FY 17: 8,320.55 hours, which is the equivalent of four full-time employees
FY 2018 Goals:
  • Distribute minimum of 3.2 Million pounds of food
  • Serve members of our community at a level consistent with FY 2017
  • Complete Strategic Plan for 1, 3 & 5 years

Needs Statement

  • It costs around $1 million annually to distribute nutritious food to our neighbors, and we welcome financial gifts toward our mission.  
  • In October 2017 we are into our 2nd quarter of FY 2018, and have raised $300,000 through individual and corporate gifts, grants and foundations, and 2 annual fundraising events in September; our 24th Annual Golf Tournament and 2nd Annual Miles for Meals 5K. 
  • We constantly work toward closing the funding gap, because people are counting on us.
Opportunities include: 
  1. Membership in our "Stock The Shelves Club offers monthly gifts at various levels, to sustain our Food Distribution activities.  
  2. Gifts for our building fund, as we seek a more suitable, efficient Food Distribution Ceneter.  We currently operate in a multi - level former mill building located in a residential neighborhood.  Our future Food Distribution Center would ideally be closer to a major highway, and provide one level of warehousing space. 
  • Funding for food and supplies for the Mobile Pantry program. Mobile Pantry engages volunteers to deliver groceries to over 300 homebound elderly and disabled clients in Greater Lowell. The foods are selected for each client based on their dietary needs and preferences.
  • Funding to support Operation Nourish Children's Feeding Program.  Initiated in 2011 serving one Lowell, MA elementary school, the program has grown to provide food to 900 students at  14 Lowell Public Schools (As of October 2017).  Food is delivered 1-2 times monthly so children may receive supplemental nutrition over the weekends and school vacation weeks when they're not in school to enjoy breakfast and lunch.

CEO Statement

The commitment and dedication from our team, board, volunteers and donors cannot be overstated. We welcome all to join our "Food Bank Family".  Families in the region may continue to worry about paying rent, heat and other bills, but they won't need to worry about what's on their plate. Because of MVFB, more will survive and THRIVE because they've eaten.

Board Chair Statement

At the Merrimack Valley Food Bank,  we begin each donor acknowledgement letter with, "You bring hope to the child who has gone to bed hungry or goes to school without breakfast."  Our goal is to ensure that child, senior, veteran or member of our community goes to bed hungry at night.  We are astounded by the generosity of so many who give as little and as much as they are able, so that someone they may never meet, may eat.  

Geographic Area Served

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

Our service area includes cities and towns in Massachusetts and  southern 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 is the largest of our programs, in which we acquire, manage, and distribute food from the state and federal emergency food assistance programs, foods donated by the community, and that which is purchased with grant funds. These food sources are accessed in our Food Distribution Center in Lowell,  MA by our member agency programs (pantries and meal programs) in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  These agencies 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 access food. 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 may see the availability of foods in stock on our website. Our warehouse staff receive deliveries and picks up donations daily throughout the region.


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). Most members 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.

Budget  $491,239.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Other Economic Level
Program Short-Term Success 

We anticipate distributing over 3.2 million pounds of food in FY 2018. Approximately 60-70,000 individuals will receive food monthly from MVFB via our member agencies.  When our neighbors are able to sustain themselves and their vulnerable family members (children, aging parents, disabled), they may concentrate on steps to overcome obstacles. When we have food to eat, we can physiologically perform more tasks efficiently.    

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

·        Member Agency bi-annual site visits and reviews


All food is weighed as it arrives in the warehouse and agency food orders are weighed before departing the warehouse. 

In order for our agencies to access food and remain in good standing, they must submit monthly reports on the individuals served including: demographics, gender, age, race, and ethnicity and the number of bags of food distributed. 

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. 

In FY 2015, MVFB served an average of 60,846 individuals each month. By the end of FY 2016, this had increased to an average of 68,895 individuals. Numbers decreased slightly in FY2017, to 66,288 individuals.   In July 2016, however, we served a record number of people; 84,351.

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 was adopted by the MVFB in 2003, after operating with support M/A-COM employees in Lowell, MA.  The program was designed to help homebound elderly and disabled individuals at risk of food insecurity and unable to get to food pantries and meal programs due to frailty or illness.  M/A-COM was sold to another company, that no longer supported employees to fund the program through payroll deduction, conduct food drives and deliver groceries on company time. The program was enthusiastically absorbed by MVFB, and volunteers continue to deliver food to and visit each recipient monthly since 2004.

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 2017 325 enrolled clients were served along with emergency delivers to residents in Lowell, Chelmsford, Billerica, Dracut, Tewksbury, and Tyngsboro. 

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  $84,775.00
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens People/Families with of People with Disabilities Veterans
Program Short-Term Success 

·        Service 325 clients monthly, including emergency food deliveries

·        Deliver 80,000 pounds of nutritious food to clients in the FY 2018

·        Encourage clients' social interaction and access to health resources

·       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 identify and develop partnerships to generate referrals for short term and long term consumers, with Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and other agencies.  Additionally, we will continue outreach efforts to maintain and increase support of food, funds and time to sustain this unique program.

Program Success Monitored By 

The Mobile Pantry Program is evaluated based on client enrollment and our capacity to acquire sufficient food that satisfies their specific dietary needs.  Each client has an opportunity to offer feedback on the program’s food and service. Clients' 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.

Demographic statistics, including ethnicity, gender, and ages are collected, and used by our grant writer in applicaitons, as well as 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  65,000
Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years) At-Risk Populations Adults
Program Short-Term Success 

Operation Nourish began in 2011 to serve 155 students at 1 Lowell Public School.  Its impact is evident by the rapid expansion;  doubling in size after only a few months, and serving 900 students in 14 schools.  Our plans are to expand the program by facilitating a food pantry inside Lowell High School during the 2017-18 school year.  

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 

We have received positive feedback from parents and students via our school contacts; educators, social workers, school nurses and administrators.  We strive to access qualitative feedback from educators, through surveys that we conduct twice during the school year: an initial count and demographic assessment of participants in November, followed by an end of the year assessment in June. We also provide an incentive for parents to return the survey.

Examples of Program Success 

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 have Operation Nourish to 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

There is an abundance of food available in our region and our nation.  The distribution of the food to those who need it is our task.  By managing food donations that are offered to us, we assist in the reduction of waste of wholesome food, and enable food insecure members of our community to receive a variety of food .  We assume responsibility of transporting and storing food safely in our Food Distribution Center, on behalf of our member agencies.  Many feeding programs we serve lack the resources needed to handle the volumen of food that is available.


CEO/Executive Director Ms. Amy Pessia
CEO Term Start Dec 2002
CEO Email [email protected]
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, on the board and executive board of the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce, and currently sits on the Chamber Community Service Committee.  She represents the Food Bank and its constituents on the Greater Lowell Health Alliance- Healthy Eating and Living Task Force, and the Lowell Public Schools Health and Wellness Committee.  Amy is a corporator for Lowell General Hospital and member of the Rotary Club of Lowell, on which she has served on the board since 2016 and will serve a 1 year term as Club  President in July 2018.      
Co-CEO Debbie Callery
Co-CEO Term Start July 2010
Co-CEO Email [email protected]
Co-CEO Experience Ms. Callery was promoted to Assistant Executive Director in September 2016. She is a life long member of the community around the Food Bank, growing up in Dracut and then settling in Lowell over. Ms. Callery provides supervisory and operational support for our warehouse department. Ms. Callery retains her duties related to coordination of individual and group volunteers, community food donations and food drives. Debbie conducts succesful annual fundraising events; including the Grape Expectations Wine Tasting and Auction and Golf Tournament. Prior to her employment at the Food Bank, Ms. Callery served as Assistant to the General Manager and Boards of Directors at Vesper Country Club and at Quail Ridge Country Club. Ms. Callery’s past and current experience in fundraising and administration enable her to help the MVFB initiate, cultivate, and maintain critical partnerships that lead to increased donations of food, funds and volunteer time in the greater Lowell community and beyond. Ms. Callery also serves as an Ambassador and Board Member for the Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce.

Former CEOs and Terms

Name Start End
Mrs. Irene Reagan Oct 1993 June 2005

Senior Staff

Name Title Experience/Biography
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Tammie Dubois Program Director, Mobile Pantry, Operation Nourish and Summer Feeding Programs Ms. Dubois is truly a success story and a treasured member of our team.  We first met Tammie when she volunteered at the Food Bank in 2010.  Tammie's commitment and passion for our mission led to the addition of the position of Member Services Coordinator in 2011.  Later that year we added Operation Nourish Program Coordinator to her title, and she succesfully operated and grew the program.    In September 2016 Tammie was promoted to Program Director of the Mobile Pantry, Operation Nourish and Summer Feeding Programs, and oversees 2 part time team members.   
Jose "Tony" Antonio Luna Warehouse Manager Mr. Luna joined the Food Bank staff in 2007, after serving as director of a food pantry and ministry in the community . Mr. Luna offers his personalized commitment to serving the needs of the community. Prior to relocating from Kanas to Lowell in 2000, Mr. Luna worked in the manufacturing and logistics industry and acquired his status as lay moniterin the Lutheran Church. As Warehouse Manager, Mr. Luna directs all facets of our warehouse, including maintenance, stock rotation, delivery and shipping scheduling and customer service for our member agencies. Mr. Luna also oversees a team of 2 full time and 1 part time team members, to succesfully manage and initiate our Food Rescue and Community Market Programs. Tony interfaces with food donors, member agencies, volunteers and all stakeholders of the Food Bank. Mr. Luna is bi-lingual, speaking Spanish and English fluently.


Award Awarding Organization Year
Celebration of Excellence - Nonprofit of the Year Winner Enterprise Bank 2016
Celebration of Excellence Non Profit of the Year Nominee Enterprise Bank 2010
Celebration of Excellence Non Profit of the Year Nominee Enterprise Bank 2008


Affiliation Year
Chamber of Commerce 2012
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Associated Grant Makers --
The Grantsmanship Center (TGCI) --
Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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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

The demand continues, and has increased for emergency food assistance among children, seniors, veterans, disabled people and working families.  We at the MVFB know we must also rise to meet that demand.  We constantly strive to identify and fill in gaps where they exist.  If there are other partners and community organizations that may better fill those gaps, we connect individuals and agencies with resources, serving as a "connector" among stakeholders. We are fiscally conservative, and are accustomed to operate within our means.  We seek creative ways to maximize our resources, and leverage in kind donaitons whenever possible.  Fortunately our efforts to establish, cultivate and maintain relationships contribute to diverse funding and in-kind sources of support to continue providing food to our neighbors in the region.   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 7
Number of Part Time Staff 7
Number of Volunteers 600
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 88%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 13
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? Yes
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 Retired, Lowell Regional Transit Authority
Board Chair Term Sept 1993 - July 2019
Board Co-Chair Mr. George Anastas
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation Lowell Regional Transit Authority
Board Co-Chair Term Sept 2011 - July 2019

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
George Anastas Anastas Advertising Associates Voting
Ellen Andre Community Volunteer Voting
Deborah Balanger Greater Merrimack Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau Voting
Amanda Clermont SLS Fitness Voting
Thomas "Doc" Daugherty Eastern Bank Voting
Linda Dawson Lowell General Hospital Voting
Susan de Mari McLane Law Offices Voting
Barbara Doud UPS Voting
Tami Dristiliaris Law Office of Tami Dristiliaris Voting
Daniel Gillette Rockland Trust Voting
Wendi Giuliano Curtis 1000 Voting
James P. Good Ret. Lowell Regional Transit Authority NonVoting
Susan Hannigan Jeanne D'Arc Credit Union Voting
Hank Houle Chelmsford Fire Department Voting
Vichtcha Kong Washington Savings Bank Voting
Meaghan Lally-McGurl Enterprise Bank Voting
Michael Lenzi Lenzi's Voting
Steve Mallette New England Medical Insurance Agency Voting
Terry McCarthy Mill City Management Corp Voting
Danielle McFadden Greater Lowell Chamber of Commerce Voting
Peter Mullin Law Office of Peter J. Mullin Voting
David Pelchat Community Volunteer Voting
Richard Rourke Tuto Benne Voting
Tara Sek Lowell Five Bank Voting
Tony Wallace American Flatbread Company Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
-- -- --

Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 2
Caucasian: 23
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 13
Male: 12
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 59%
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 32%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions 96%
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

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

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments


Foundation Comments



Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2014 (%)

Fiscal Year July 01, 2017 to June 30, 2018
Projected Income $992,145.00
Projected Expense $985,348.00
Form 990s

2016 Form 990

2015 Form 990

2014 Form 990

2013 Form 990

2012 Form 990

2011 Form 990

2010 Form 990

2009 Form 990

Audit Documents

2016 MVFB Audit

2015 MVFB Audit

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 2016 2015 2014
Total Revenue $4,645,326 $4,122,724 $3,712,829
Total Expenses $4,604,183 $4,088,221 $3,739,328

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
-- -- --
Government Contributions $0 $0 $0
    Federal -- -- --
    State -- -- --
    Local -- -- --
    Unspecified -- -- --
Individual Contributions $606,231 $678,303 $506,354
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $2,378,595 $2,052,259 $1,718,503
Investment Income, Net of Losses $769 $944 $1,331
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $158,879 $146,560 $118,167
Revenue In-Kind $1,499,325 $1,243,637 $1,367,447
Other $1,527 $1,021 $1,027

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Program Expense $4,524,988 $3,998,845 $3,655,601
Administration Expense $79,195 $89,376 $83,727
Fundraising Expense -- -- --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 1.01 1.01 0.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses 98% 98% 98%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 0% 0% 0%

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Total Assets $1,498,760 $1,471,179 $1,461,663
Current Assets $799,717 $722,171 $655,450
Long-Term Liabilities $13,955 $25,195 $35,782
Current Liabilities $27,624 $29,946 $44,346
Total Net Assets $1,457,181 $1,416,038 $1,381,535

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
1st (Source and Amount) -- --
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2nd (Source and Amount) -- --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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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 2016 2015 2014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 28.95 24.12 14.78

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 2014
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 1% 2% 2%

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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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The Impact tab is a section on the Giving Common added in October 2013; as such the majority of nonprofits have not yet had the chance to complete this voluntary section. The purpose of the Impact section is to ask five deceptively simple questions that require reflection and promote communication about what really matters – results. The goal is to encourage strategic thinking about how a nonprofit will achieve its goals. The following Impact questions are being completed by nonprofits slowly, thoughtfully and at the right time for their respective organizations to ensure the most accurate information possible.

1. What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

The ultimate goal of MVFB is to eliminate hunger in Greater Lowell and the Merrimack Valley, ensuring that no member of its service area goes to bed hungry and that all have access to nutritious food.

2. What are your strategies for making this happen?

To move towards this goal, MVFB’s objectives for Fiscal Year 2018 are:
·Distribute at least 3.2 million pounds of food.
·Distribute food to at least 68,000 people monthly.
·Add five new member agencies to reach more individuals and families.
·Add three new corporate sponsors with employee volunteers, food donations, and/or fundraising activities.
·Continue to expand the organization’s Community Awareness campaign to reach more people.
·Continue the search for a larger facility where MVFB staff could more efficiently operate the organization’s programs.

3. What are your organization’s capabilities for doing this?

In addition to our human resources or staff, volunteers and donors, we are fortunate to have physical assets including: 21,000 square foot warehouse with 1 large freezer walk in and 1 refrigerated room, 2 refrigerated trucks and a smaller truck, 2 electric pallet jacks, 1 electric fork truck, vertical lift; server and office computers, video surveillance system Consistent Food Sources: USDA, MEFAP and donations from community partners, food manufacturers, and distributors Our financial gifts have increased in line with the growing demand for emergency food assistance

4. How will your organization know if you are making progress?

MVFB evaluates the success of its programs by measuring the number of people served and the pounds of food distributed. Efforts to collect nutritious food donations from numerous sources are constant. Pounds of food are carefully tracked. All food is weighed as it arrives in the distribution center, as well as when it is distributed to member agencies and MVFB’s direct service initiatives such as the Mobile Pantry, Operation Nourish, and Community Market Programs.
Member agencies collect information about the number of people they serve, as well as demographic information, and report that data to MVFB monthly. These reports include the total number of households and individuals served and demographic information including gender, age (children under 18, adults 18-64, and seniors 65+), race, and veteran status.
Qualitative data is collected through an annual agency review process regarding the food and service MVFB provides. Each agency receiving food from the federal and state programs is surveyed to determine satisfaction with food and service. In addition, they are asked questions regarding nutritional and food preferences.

5. What have and haven’t you accomplished so far?

As of the beginning of Q2, FY 2018, we have raised $300,000 of the nearly $1million is takes to serve families.  Our relationships with food and funding sources continue, and we constantly identify and engage new supporters.  Food is a basic need, and most people realize that it's required in order to do anything and everything.  We are anxious to identify and begin campaigning for a new facility in which to distribute food more efficiently.  The positive part is that we own our building, and it's structurally sound, being a turn of the 20th century former mill building.  We have one final opportunity to use currently under-utilized space that may be used to construct 2 offices and add a reception area.  Following that project, we will be at our maximum capacity.