Northern Neck Food Bank, Inc.
P.O. Box 735
Warsaw VA 22572
Mission Statement

To advocate for new and existing food banks in the Northern Neck by providing low-cost nutritious food and logistical support in the way of storage, transportation and distribution.


Web and Social Media
Volunteers Harvesting Fresh Produce in the Northern Neck
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Mr. Paul Sciacchitano
Board Chair Mr. Paul Sciacchitano
Board Chair Company Affiliation Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Contact Information
Address P.O. Box 735
Warsaw, VA 22572
Telephone 804 577-0246
Fax 0 000-0000
E-mail info@nnfb.org
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $499,100.00
Projected Expenses $423,490.00
Statements
Mission

To advocate for new and existing food banks in the Northern Neck by providing low-cost nutritious food and logistical support in the way of storage, transportation and distribution.


Impact
The Northern Neck Food Bank started in 2010 as a partnership with Feed More, Inc. to assist food pantries with the logistics of storage and transportation in our five county service area.  NNFB began under the traditional food bank model of acquiring food donations and distributing to area pantries.  In 2011, NNFB began collecting data about the clients it serves and found that 32% of the households we serve have a family member with Type I or II diabetes.  As a result of this information, and a nation-wide reduction in the availability of  non-perishable food, NNFB began working with local farmers and growers to acquire fresh produce for its clients.  Over the past two years more than 2,200 volunteers from across the country helped NNFB procure more than 2.1 million servings of fresh produce through gleaning and donations.  This effort resulted in significant increases in the nutritional value of the food distributed locally and allowed for the excess produce to be distributed to food banks across eastern Virginia. 
In 2014 the NNFB distribution area grew to six counties and includes Essex County and the remaining area of Westmoreland County.  With the growth in distribution territory, the NNFB food distribution rates increased by 40%. Due to this growth, the NNFB increased the produce procurement through the NNFB Agriculture Program. The program now consists of 60% of the organization's operations and involves over 25 growers and farmers in our six county distribution region.  In 2014, NNFB contracted with local farmers to grow fresh produce for food banks in Virginia and expanded its gleaning program.
Needs
The NNFB's top 5 most pressing needs include the following:
Volunteers with organizational skills to oversee hundreds of young people working in the fields of the Northern Neck during the Summer months to ensure the safety and fulfillment of volunteers working in the produce fields.
 
Funds to cover extra support services for the NNFB Agriculture Program. Specifically equipment assistance for gleaning and harvesting volunteers; currently we cover approximately $25 per volunteer which includes proper gleaning equipment, first-aid supplies, water and cooling stations, staff time. 
 
Operational funding to cover gas and mileage under our free delivery service.  The NNFB meets the unique needs of the rural-based food pantries by delivering food to their location. Rural food pantries are limited by their ability to transport the amount of food necessary to serve their recipients. Free delivery of large quantities of fresh, frozen and non-perishable food is one of the most important aspects of the NNFB service.
 
In FY16 - FY17 the NNFB will face several capital investment needs due largely to the 40% increase in food distribution (increased distribution territory). These capital expenditures include doubling the current capacity of freezer space.
 
 
 
 
Background

As a rural community, Northern Neck food pantries were limited by time, space, money and ability. Many food pantries purchased food at retail prices locally, and due to limited cold storage, were unable to offer fresher, healthier food. In 2009, three area food pantries were supported with transport and storage of food and over the next year discussions were held for the need for an official CVFB distribution point in the Northern Neck region of Virginia. In July 2010, the Northern Neck Food Bank officially formed, CVFB created the NNFB as a rural Redistribution Organization and the NNFB received its non profit 501(c) 3 status in September 2010. Today, the NNFB has grown to serve 33 food pantries and distribution sites throughout Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, Essex and Middlesex Counties. The organization remains committed to meeting the unique needs of our rural community and continues to offer free delivery of fresh, frozen and non-perishable food to our partner pantries.

The NNFB is now the model organization for CVFB to create four additional rural distribution organizations throughout its territory.  The lessons learned from the collaborative approach of pantries working together to share logistical support are being implemented in new distribution areas.  In 2011 the NNFB instituted a client database to accurately understand who we serve, their needs and important demographic information.  This database has allowed a "truer" view of need in our rural area and is being considered by new rural distribution organizations. In addition, we instituted a policy of equitable distribution so clients throughout the distribution territory receive the same amount and type of food regardless of which pantry they visit. This eliminates clients driving long distances to visit wealthier pantries in hopes of receiving additional food.
In 2012 the NNFB initiated the Agriculture Program (discussed elsewhere) to provide low-cost, nutritious food to all of our clients. This program is also being studied as an exportable initiative to other rural food banks. 
CEO Statement

I was standing at the entry to a food pantry that I had been running when one of the most gut-wrenching realizations occurred to me. I had been serving, and smiling, and shaking hands with the people who needed food in our community for four years and I didn’t know any of their names. I knew the “stories” of so many, but never took the time to get to know the individuals themselves; and that was the day that everything changed.   

The NNFB is an organization built on the idea that dignity is a much more important gift to offer someone than a box of canned goods. In a country where people do not starve, it is the only real currency. We realize that in order to truly help those in our community who need it, we have to start with a deep look at those who are willing to serve. There is an undeniable chasm between these two groups and for us it is more important to blur those lines than it is to distribute food.   Until we are able to step up to the problem of “us and them”, no amount of “help” will be effective in changing the circumstances of someone’s life. 

Finally, NNFB was designed with a built-in ceiling for growth by limiting ourselves to the six surrounding counties of the Northern Neck, Middlesex and Essex. This forces us to concentrate on building better resources at home, rather than building a bigger non-profit.   It is here to cater to the unique needs of our rural community.   Our desire is that if there is large-scale growth to come out of this organization, it would be in the form of an example that can be picked up by similar communities to be “owned” and operated by the people who live in those communities.  

Julie Dudley, Executive VP of Development


 

Areas of Service
Areas Served
Area
Northern Neck
Middlesex County
Lancaster County
Northumberland County
Westmoreland County
Richmond County
Essex County
We serve six rural counties in the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula: Lancaster, Northumberland, Richmond, Westmoreland, Essex and Middlesex Counties.  The produce grown by the NNFB is also distributed to large urban food banks in the Greater Richmond region, Norfolk and Hampton. 
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Paul Sciacchitano
Company Affiliation Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Term July 2015 to July 2017
Email paul.sciacchitano@gmail.com
Board of Directors
Board Members
NameAffiliation
Mrs. Karen Burke Burke Jewelers Kilmarnock VA
Mr. Wes Charlton Hubbard, Terry & Britt, PC
Ms. Jane Crowther Omega Protein
Mr. Dave Cryer Hands Across Middlesex
Mrs. Jennifer English Community Volunteer
Mr. Craig Giese Dehnert & Clarke & Co.
Mr. Norm Gold FeedMore, Inc.
Mr. Rod Parker Parker Farms, LLC
Mr. Joe Parker Parker Farms
Mr. Paul Sciacchitano Wells Fargo Advisors, LLC
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 10
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 7
Female 3
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 71
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 75
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Finance
Operations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Executive Director
Executive Director Mr. Paul Sciacchitano
Experience
A food pantry in a rural community has limited resources, and pantry leaders drove to Central Virginia Food Bank (CVFB) in Richmond in order to purchase larger quantities of food at cheaper prices to stock  food pantry. Northern Neck area food pantries are limited by time, space, money and ability. Many food pantries purchased food at retail prices locally, and due to limited cold storage, were unable to offer fresher, healthier food.
In 2009, area food pantries in Lancaster came together with the transport and storage of food from CVFB. The collaborative efforts was very well received by the local church food pantries as well as by CVFB. Over the next year, meeting were with other area food pantries to determine the need for an official CVFB distribution point in the Northern Neck region of Virginia and found that, not only did the need exist, but that the solution was simple.
 
In July 2010, the Northern Neck Food Bank officially formed and CVFB accepted the Food Bank as a Redistribution Organization. The Food Bank received its non profit 501(c) 3 status in September and leased a 2,000 square foot dedicated warehouse space in White Stone, VA to serve as a distribution center.
 
In 2011, NNFB expanded to 4,000 sq.ft. to accommodate the growing agriculture program.  In 2013, NNFB relocated to a 6,500 sq.ft. warehouse in Warsaw, Virginia.  This location provides a centralized location for pantry delivery and access to our partner farms. Northern Neck Food Bank serves on the advisory council for Feed More, Inc. and is active in assisting Virginia food banks with their agriculture programs and farmer relations.
 
In 2016 through the strategic placement of an additional 5 pantries the NNFB has improved the qualify of life, healthier communities and returning healthier food options to the tables of residents in remote areas.
 
 
 
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Paul Sciacchitano
Senior Staff
NameTitle
Julie Dudley Exec. VP
Mark Kleinschmidt Operations Manager
Staff
Full Time Staff 3
Part Time Staff 3
Volunteers 850
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 85
Plans
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Yes
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted July 2013
Management Succession Plan? Yes
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Under Development
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Central Virginia Foodbank Partner Agency2010
Programs
Description NNFB works with over 28 local farmers and growers to provide fresh produce to their clients and other food banks throughout eastern Virginia.  This relationship involves farmers who grow solely for the food bank and those who allow NNFB volunteers access to their fields to "glean" produce that would otherwise be tilled back into the soil.  We work with hundreds of volunteers from across the country who travel to the Northern Neck to assist with the harvesting and gleaning of produce on area farms.  After NNFB serves its own six county area the excess produce is then distributed to food banks in Richmond, Norfolk, and Hampton Roads.  In 2012, over 60% of the produce grown and gleaned in the Northern Neck was distributed to other food banks who do not have the same access to fresh produce. Over the first two years of the program, 2.1 million servings of fresh produce was distributed from the Northern Neck farm community to the local community and eastern Virginia.
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Budget $85,000.00
Short Term Success The short term success of the program will be exhibited in subtle changes in behavior. At the end of the school year, a child will be able to come to school physically and mentally able to learn on Monday morning, experience a higher level of energy and ability to concentrate during school hours.
Long Term Success The long-term success of this program is that disadvantaged and hungry children will achieve academic success and go on to live healthy and productive lives, despite childhood hunger.  
Description

The Delivery Program is very important benefit we offer the food pantries in our rural area. Through free deliveries to pantries, the NNFB has resolved a major challenge faced by Northern Neck food pantries, the ability to transport large quantities of food to their location.

In a rural community pantries are typically run by elderly volunteers who face challenges of a lack of time, space, ability and money to serve the hungry in their area. The Delivery Program makes it possible for pantries to stretch their dollars further, where it is most needed. Without the Delivery Program, many pantries' only food sources are at retail prices. The NNFB truck has delivered 2 Million pounds of food to families in need across our service area.  It regularly picks up several tons of fresh produce from farm fields and perishable meat, diary, bakery as well as non-perishable food from Richmond, Virginia. This program expense includes fuel, truck maintenance, and staff hours for part-time drivers.   
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Budget $22,000.00
Short Term Success The short term success of this program would be that food pantries could serve more food to more people in need with transportation expenses removed from their budgets.
Long Term Success The program's long term success would include area food pantries working at optimum efficiency and meeting the food needs of 100% of eligible  recipients. 
CEO/ED/Board Comments The opportunities to better serve our community remain at the forefront of every organizational decision made by the staff and Board of Directors. We are striving to increase the nutritional value of food distributed to our clients and in 2014 anticipate reaching our goal of distributing fresh produce as 40% of the entire food distribution.  We believe families deserve healthy meal options, regardless of their financial circumstances.  We believe children deserve to grow up knowing fresh food as part of their regular diet.  However, fresh produce is often the most expensive grocery item and the first food to be eliminated when families cut their budgets.  We strive to change this and with the abundance of produce grown in the Northern Neck we have a duty to make this produce readily available not only to our clients but to those who receive food from food banks that are located in urban environments.  Therefore, when the NNFB has more produce than we can distribute we send it to sister food banks in Norfolk, Hampton and Richmond. The effort to glean, harvest and safely handle fresh produce is a labor and resource intensive effort.  Adequate volunteers committed to working in produce fields are required in the six month growing season, proper refrigeration, storage and handling of the produce is critical. Finally, we must have efficient and well-maintained equipment to ensure longevity of the program.
Fiscal Year
Projected Revenue $499,100.00
Projected Expenses $423,490.00
Spending Policy N/A
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$3,052,250$2,194,902$1,290,777
Administration Expense$45,785$30,464$23,552
Fundraising Expense$65,440$51,156$20,759
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.020.921.01
Program Expense/Total Expenses96%96%97%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue22%19%10%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$233,382$150,906$274,184
Current Assets$121,981$79,799$229,418
Long-Term Liabilities$0----
Current Liabilities$38,272$18,751$3,199
Total Net Assets$195,110$132,155$270,985
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities3.194.2671.72
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitaions Permit
Solicitations Permit
Solicitations Permit ExemptionView
Comments
Organization Comments In 2012 NNFB changed from a calendar year to a fiscal year beginning July 1 to June 30 of each year.
Foundation Comments
  • Financial information provided from IRS 990s.
  • FY 2013 990 prepared by Paul M. Compton, CPA & Company, Inc.
  • Revenue from "Individuals" may also include corporate and foundation support.
  • 2012 Financial Information represents a partial year.