OUTPUTS AND OUTCOMES
Bulk food and supplies are provided to partner agencies. The output is determined on assumptions such as all goods taken out of Food Link are weighed. Food that is typically picked-up from Food Link is 60% non-perishable and 40% perishable. On average 207,800 pounds of bulk food was accessed every month (excluding December).
Agencies use the Food Link program to not only supplement their food supply but also to redirect their budget. Agencies were asked about the ways they used the money saved by accessing the program. According to their feedback, agencies diverted their funds in a variety of ways, including investing in programming, food purchases, and purchasing supplies. Most agencies (33%) redirected funds to the improvement of their programming. The examples of improved programming include an increased invested in staff training, offering more programs or extend the scope of their programming. A number of agencies are able to extend their food budget or purchase supplies with the funds saved. There is a portion of the agencies (16%) that do not have a food budget and relied completely on Food Link for their food supply. For this segment, no money was saved to be redirected to other services.
GOALS The goals for the program are to be within 10%, plus or minus in the coming fiscal year. We are projecting for 2018/19, the pounds of food and supplies distributed through Food Link to be between 2,325,243 (min) and 2,841,963 (max). Our goal in 2017/18 was met. We are projecting for 2018/19 the money saved to be between $4,650,485 (min) and $5,683,927 (max). Our goal in 2017/18 was lower than the outcome goal because the weight of food and supplies accessed was reduced.
SHORT-TERM OUTCOMES Supporting organizations by absorbing or diverting agencies’ food and supplies cost, allowing agencies to focus on meeting the needs of the community instead of sourcing food. Money saved can be relocated to sustain existing programs or launch new programs. Re-distributing excessive amounts of certain items to other agencies which results in reduced food waste.
LONG-TERM OUTCOMES Creating a hunger-free community.