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Food Link Inc.

 32 Oldham Road, Suite 17
 Arlington, MA 02474
[P] (781) 819-4225
[F] --
www.FoodLinkMA.org
ddupont@foodlinkma.org
DeAnne Dupont
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INCORPORATED: 2014
 Printable Profile (Summary / Full)
EIN 47-1840355

LAST UPDATED: 01/14/2019
Organization DBA --
Former Names --
Organization received a competitive grant from the Boston Foundation in the past five years No

Summary

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Mission StatementMORE »

Food Link is a community organization that rescues fresh food, alleviates hunger and contributes to environmental sustainability.

Mission Statement

Food Link is a community organization that rescues fresh food, alleviates hunger and contributes to environmental sustainability.

FinancialsMORE »

Fiscal Year Apr 01, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Projected Income $199,500.00
Projected Expense $202,700.00

ProgramsMORE »

  • Food Deliveries to Children’s Programs
  • Food Deliveries to Homeless Organizations
  • Food Deliveries to Seniors
  • Food Deliveries to Veterans Programs

Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

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For more details regarding the organization's financial information, select the financial tab and review available comments.


Overview

Mission Statement

Food Link is a community organization that rescues fresh food, alleviates hunger and contributes to environmental sustainability.

Background Statement

Food Link was founded in 2012 when DeAnne Dupont and Julie Kremer, residents of Arlington, were at a Panera Bread near closing time and saw employees throwing leftover bread and pastries in the trash. When prompted, the staff told them that while the bread was still good, they needed to make room for fresher product arriving that evening. Because it’s harder to sell day-old bread than fresh bread, their normal policy was to throw it out and stock only the new bread. Julie and DeAnne offered to take it off their hands and find people in need to donate it to and the manager allowed them take it. Eventually, the bread made its way to the Arlington Food Pantry where their volunteers added it to the bags of groceries ready for pickup by clients.

Today, Food Link continues to provide fresh nutritious food to people in need. We source that food from local grocers, farms, and cafes, like Whole Foods Market, Wegman’s, Trader Joe’s and Lexington Community Farm. The food is delivered seven days per week. Each morning, Food Link volunteers collect and sort fresh produce, meat, dairy, eggs, bread, and prepared foods like cut fruit, salads and sandwiches from local businesses. The volunteers then deliver the food utilizing the Food Link van and their personal vehicles, to the designated recipient organizations for that day. Those agencies then distribute the food to their clients.

Through this service model, Food Link collects and delivers approximately 500,000 pounds of healthy, nutritious foods to over 30 social service organizations, including: low-income seniors, children, families, the homeless, veterans, and at-risk youth, in the communities of Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Everett, Lawrence, Lexington, Lowell, Malden, Medford, Somerville and Waltham.

Food Link has grown over the past 6 years, to employ three staff members, utilize over 150 volunteers from the community, and deliver over 500,000 pounds of food annually to 30 social service organizations, 363 days per year Food Link functions as a grassroots organization, whose use of local volunteers reminds those in need that they are cared for and an important part of the community.


Impact Statement

Accomplishments in 2017:

  • Reached 5,000 low income people per month
  • Rescued over 457,000 pounds of food
  • Hired 2 new staff members - a Volunteer Coordinator and an Outreach Coordinator
  • Increased daily pick-ups by 200 lbs

Goals for 2018:

  • Food link will rescue over 500,000 pounds of food
  • Locate property for new facility to accommodate Food Links growing operations
  • Increase cold storage capacity to better serve the needs of the social service organizations we support by providing them with more nutritious fresh culturally appropriate offerings.
  • Hiring of a logistics coordinator

Needs Statement

Relocation expenses:  Costs to move refrigeration, office furniture, equipment, etc. to new location.  $10,000 (one-time cost)
Management: The need for an executive director. This role is taken on by one of the co-founders and president of the organization. This works well for the moment, but within the next 12 months this responsibilities of this position will increase. Estimated cost, including benefits $85,000 to $110,000 annually
Financial Reporting: FYE 3/31/19 Food Link will require an audit instead of a review of its financial statements. Anticipated increase expense $10,000
Program Expansion: Increase number of recipient agencies while increasing the amount of food collected and related outreach to staff. Anticipated increase expense $15,000 which will include staff salaries for coordinating and outreach to obtain more volunteers.
Board Development: The board's role and responsibilities are changing and we are moving to organizational structure with stability and sustainability. There is a need for board training and a retreat. Anticipate annual cost of $12,000. This will include cost of one, full-day retreat plus the cost of other training.

CEO Statement

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Board Chair Statement

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Geographic Area Served

GREATER BOSTON REGION, MA
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Organization Categories

  1. Food, Agriculture & Nutrition - Food Programs
  2. Community Improvement, Capacity Building - Community & Neighbourhood Development
  3. Environment - Recycling

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

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Programs

Food Deliveries to Children’s Programs

According to a 2010 study published in The Journal of Nutrition, low-income children are at the same time likelier to be food insecure and overweight or obese. Food Link helps children in this unfortunate situation by providing them with healthy foods and snacks, which makes it easier for them to make healthier food choices as they grow. Providing food to children after school is an important element to combating hunger amongst children who may otherwise go several hours after lunch without eating and whose families may not be able to provide sufficient food for dinner. Afterschool time is important for socializing and completing homework, both of which are difficult on an empty stomach.

Currently, Food Link delivers high quality snacks like yogurt, cut fruits and veggies, and sandwiches to Arlington Boys & Girls Club, Arlington EATS, Fidelity House, Housing Families, Inc., Thompson Elementary School, Tierney Learning Center, and Youth Villages-Germaine Lawrence.

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Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Program Short-Term Success  As of summer 2018, Food Link works with 12 programs serving children and 5 programs serving young adults. On a weekly basis we make 16-20 deliveries to these programs. Supplying them with healthy snacks, prepared foods for meals, and other food items. Our recipient agencies report that the children in their programs are better behaved as a result of being well fed.
Program Long-Term Success  We expect that the long term effect of our food deliveries to children's programs will be to ensure that the children and youth in these programs are fed healthy foods when at the program. This will help to improve the children and youths overall diet, resulting in better participation in the programs and improved health outcomes.
Program Success Monitored By  Delivery record keeping,  recipient agency surveys and site visits.
Examples of Program Success 

Each day over 400 kids walk through the doors of the Arlington Boys and Girls Club and many of them are hungry when they arrive. Food Link provides nutritious food for our kids to eat all year long especially during the school vacation weeks and summer when kids are not in school receiving lunch and snacks.

Many staff has commented that the kids are happier and better behaved because of the food we are able to provide. Not being hungry allows them to focus on homework and the energy to participate in physical activities. It’s also heartwarming to see the kids just sitting down, eating and talking about the day’s events. All of this would not be possible with Food Link!


Food Deliveries to Homeless Organizations

Asking for help can be hard, especially for parents working to make ends meet - sometimes they fall short and must find temporary housing for their families. Traditionally, “the homeless” are thought of as mostly single males with mental health and substance abuse issues. However, research shows this simply isn’t true -- a significant portion of the Boston area’s homeless population are working and head a household.

Buying and preparing food is especially difficult for homeless people who may not have the resources to afford or cook their own food. Many shelters provide some food, ranging from snacks to regular hot meals. By delivering food directly to homeless shelters and transitional housing facilities, Food Link provides direct access to fresh, nutritious foods in a stigma-free environment at the following locations: Housing Families, Inc., Lowell Transitional Living Center, Heading Home Inc, Medford Family Life Education Center, MA Bay Veterans Center, and Stan Kaszanek Transition House.

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Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Homeless Families
Program Short-Term Success  Food Link delivers food to 6 different organizations serving homeless individuals and families. The food is used to prepare congregate meals, provide meals during programming and to allow individuals the opportunity to prepare meals for themselves.
Program Long-Term Success 
In the long term, Food Link expects that through improving the food security of homeless families and individuals we will improve their likely hood of securing and sustaining permanent housing. 
Program Success Monitored By  Delivery record keeping, recipient agency surveys and site visits.
Examples of Program Success  House of Hope is a shelter in Lowell, MA which serves homeless families. Twice a month, Food Link brings a van full of fresh produce, frozen meat, dairy bread, and other food items to the shelters two locations. This food gets used in a variety of ways. Some of it is used to prepare the daily meals which feed the families in the shelter or is made available to families so that they can prepare snacks and meals for themselves. Other items are used in the shelters culinary training program, which equips residents with the skills they need to find jobs in the culinary and hospitality fields. 

Food Deliveries to Seniors

Senior hunger is widespread and difficult to solve because it has several causes. Many live on small fixed incomes which makes it difficult to afford more expensive, healthier foods like fruit, vegetables, and meat. Often seniors are forced to choose between being able to afford medication and food, and poor nutrition is especially detrimental to seniors facing diet-related chronic illnesses. Additionally, many seniors have mobility issues and lack transportation, which hinders their ability to go to the grocery store and to carry heavy bags of food. One effective way to ensure that seniors have access to healthy food is to make it available where they live or congregate. Food Link delivers to the Arlington and Medford Senior Centers, the Medford Council on Aging, and four (4) Arlington Housing Authority properties that house low income seniors.
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Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled
Program Short-Term Success  Food Link partners with 23 different organizations serving seniors to deliver produce, bread, prepared foods, meat, dairy, and other grocery items. 
Program Long-Term Success  Food Link's food deliveries to senior's aims to improve and ensure the food security and independence of seniors in out community. 
Program Success Monitored By  Delivery record keeping, recipient agency surveys and site visits.
Examples of Program Success 
Twice a week, Food Link Volunteers drop off food at Chestnut Manor, a housing facility serving seniors and people with disabilities. This food is distributed through a pop-up pantry, managed by building residents. Residents are able to choose from a variety of produce, bread, meat, dairy, and prepared items to help them maintain a healthy diet. Participants report no longer needing to go to other food pantries in the area, because they are able to get the food they need to supplement their fixed incomes, through their buildings distribution.
 
The food distribution has also become a community event, giving residents an opportunity to see and check-in with their neighbors. When a 90 year old resident, who regularly volunteers to help manage distribution, broke her hip, others worked to ensure that she got the food and support she needed, and soon enough, she was back to work arranging bread and produce. 
 

Food Deliveries to Veterans Programs

This program focuses on delivering high quality, healthful foods to veterans in the Arlington area. A 2015 study published in the journal Public Health Nutrition found that over a quarter of veterans who served in the Middle East since 2001 self-identified as food insecure. These veterans are often stigmatized and are likely to suffer from homelessness as well as food insecurity.

After serving our country, Food Link believes these veterans deserve to know where their next meal is coming from and we are ready to help.

Food Link provides weekly food deliveries to the Medford VFW and the Arlington American Legion, important social hubs for veterans, and the Massachusetts Bay Veteran Center, a residential program for homeless veterans located in Somerville.

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Category  Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Veterans
Program Short-Term Success  Each week Food Link deliveries bread, produce, prepared food, and other grocery items to three different organizations serving veterans. This food helps supplement the diets of many veterans living on fixed incomes and in shelters. Deliveries are made by community members and neighbors, helping to improve connections between the veterans and the rest of the community.
Program Long-Term Success  In addition to improving nutrition and providing sustenance for local low-income and homeless veterans, our food delivery program aims to help sustain engagement in veterans programs and build community.  
Program Success Monitored By  Delivery record keeping, recipient agency surveys and site visits.
Examples of Program Success 

The Mass Bay Veteran's center is a shelter for veterans. Food Link provides food the shelter 2 or more times a week. The prepared food and grocery items allow the center's residents to share healthy meals with one another. Recently, residents have taken to grilling food outside together.

Food Link’s support is a really good thing for us – we have guys here who have been living in their cars, some 70 years old, and they are so thankful for the fresh food.” - Anthony Joseph, Massachusetts Bay Veterans Center


CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Management


CEO/Executive Director Ms. DeAnne Dupont
CEO Term Start Sept 2014
CEO Email ddupont@foodlinkma.org
CEO Experience --
Co-CEO --
Co-CEO Term Start --
Co-CEO Email --
Co-CEO Experience --

Former CEOs and Terms

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Senior Staff

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Awards

Award Awarding Organization Year
Massachusetts Chapter of the American Society for Public Administration Marcia P. Crowley Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award 2018
Minuteman Highschool Inducted into the Minuteman High School Hall of Fame 2017
-- Deacon Frank Mandosa Community Service Award 2016
Citizen of the Year Award Arlington Chamber of Commerce 2016
Outstanding Service Award Toxics Action & Massachusetts Climate Action Network 2016
George Faulkner Annual Citizens Award For Outstanding Service to Youth Arlington Boys and Girls Club 2015
Recycler of the Year MassRecycle 2013

Affiliations

Affiliation Year
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Member of state association of nonprofits? No
Name of state association --

External Assessments and Accreditations

External Assessment or Accreditation Year
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Collaborations

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CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Staff Information

Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 150
Number of Contract Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % 0%

Staff Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 2
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): --
Gender Female: 2
Male: 1
Not Specified 0

Plans & Policies

Organization has Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Management Succession Plan No
Business Continuity of Operations Plan No
Organization Policies And Procedures No
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes
State Registration --

Risk Management Provisions

Automobile Insurance
Workers Compensation and Employers' Liability
Directors and Officers Policy
Commercial General Liability

Reporting and Evaluations

Management Reports to Board? N/A
CEO Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency N/A N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation and Frequency Yes Semi-Annually

Governance


Board Chair Ms. DeAnne B Dupont
Board Chair Company Affiliation Dupont Consulting
Board Chair Term Sept 2014 - Sept 2018
Board Co-Chair --
Board Co-Chair Company Affiliation --
Board Co-Chair Term -

Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
Ivan Basch retired Voting
Judith Bohn Facing History Voting
Darryl Caffee Webster Five Cents Saving Bank --
DeAnne Dupont Dupont Consulting Voting
Julianna Kremer Community Volunteer Voting
Marjorie Kroeger The Stony Brook Center Voting
Annie LaCourt Consultant --
Heidi Logan Heidi Falk Logan, LICSW Voting
Geoffrey Myrus Blue Wave Solar --
Scott Richardson North Bound Ventures Voting

Constituent Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Youth Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Advisory Board Members

Name Company Affiliations Status
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Board Demographics

Ethnicity African American/Black: 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander: 0
Caucasian: 9
Hispanic/Latino: 0
Native American/American Indian: 0
Other: 0
Other (if specified): 0
Gender Female: 6
Male: 4
Not Specified 0

Board Information

Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 3
Board Meeting Attendance % --
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict Of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage of In-Kind Contributions --
Constituency Includes Client Representation No

Standing Committees

  • Administration
  • Board Governance
  • Community Outreach / Community Relations
  • Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
  • Facilities
  • Nominating
  • Technology

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

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Financials


Revenue vs. Expense ($000s)

Expense Breakdown 2016 (%)

Expense Breakdown 2015 (%)

Expense Breakdown (%)

No data available

Fiscal Year Apr 01, 2018 to Mar 31, 2019
Projected Income $199,500.00
Projected Expense $202,700.00
Form 990s

2017 Form 990-EZ (change in fiscal year, covers 3 mos., Jan. 1, 2017 - Mar. 31, 2017)

2016 Form 990-EZ

2015 Form 990-EZ

2014 Form 990-EZ (Sept. 10, 2014 - Dec. 31, 2014)

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IRS Letter of Exemption

IRS Letter of Determination

Prior Three Years Total Revenue and Expense Totals

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
Total Revenue $170,853 $92,349 --
Total Expenses $84,326 $26,642 --

Prior Three Years Revenue Sources

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Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
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Government Contributions $0 $0 --
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Individual Contributions $164,054 $83,861 --
Indirect Public Support -- -- --
Earned Revenue $4,800 $6,800 --
Investment Income, Net of Losses -- $-95 --
Membership Dues -- -- --
Special Events $1,684 $1,783 --
Revenue In-Kind -- -- --
Other $315 -- --

Prior Three Years Expense Allocations

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Program Expense $59,320 $20,418 --
Administration Expense $9,774 $4,814 --
Fundraising Expense $15,232 $1,410 --
Payments to Affiliates -- -- --
Total Revenue/Total Expenses 2.03 3.47 --
Program Expense/Total Expenses 70% 77% --
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue 9% 2% --

Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
Total Assets $176,481 $84,337 --
Current Assets $149,636 $84,337 --
Long-Term Liabilities $0 $0 --
Current Liabilities $6,499 $882 --
Total Net Assets $169,982 $83,455 --

Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
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3rd (Source and Amount) -- --
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Financial Planning

Endowment Value --
Spending Policy N/A
Percentage(If selected) --
Credit Line Yes
Reserve Fund Yes
How many months does reserve cover? 4.00

Capital Campaign

Are you currently in a Capital Campaign? Anticipated In 3 Years
Capital Campaign Purpose Food Link’s Capital Campaign aims to cover the purchase or rental, renovation, and outfitting of new facilities
Campaign Goal $2,500,000.00
Capital Campaign Dates Nov 2018 - Dec 2020
Capital Campaign Raised-to-Date Amount $425,000.00
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes

Short Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities 23.02 95.62 --

Long Term Solvency

Fiscal Year 2016 2015 --
Long-term Liabilities/Total Assets 0% 0% --

CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments

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Foundation Comments

Financial summary data in the charts and graphs above is per the organization's 990-EZs, with functional expense data per the Form PCs on file with the state of MA. Contributions from foundations and corporations are listed under individuals when the breakout was not available.

Please note, the organization changed its fiscal year from a January 1 - December 31 fiscal year to a April 1 - March 31 fiscal year. As such, the 2017 Form 990EZ above covers a three month period and is not included in the charts and graphs. As well, the 2014 Form 990EZ above covers a 4 month period and is not included in the charts and graphs above.

Documents


Other Documents

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