Healthy Worthington Resource Center & Food Pantry Inc.
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Address
P.O. Box 27
Worthington, OH 43085
Phone
 
Email
Ms. Jennifer Lynn Fralic  
Website
 
Social Media
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CEO/Executive Director
Ms. Jennifer Lynn Fralic
Executive Director
Board Chair
Mr. Chris Engel
Blue Marlin Graphics
Established
2008  


Promote the physical, emotional, social, & spiritual health & well-being of the community, & provide, manage, & oversee nutritional, resource, & educational services to individuals in Worthington.

Organization Overview

Impact Statement

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

  • We hosted the Healthy Worthington Roundtable event with keynote speaker Bernadette Melnyck, who is the chief wellness officer of The Ohio State University.

  • We relocated to a larger space with greater visibility and improved parking. The receiving, donation processing, and shopping areas were significantly improved. The environment we created is welcoming and designed to inspire.

  • The Direct Retail Pick Up program implementation has grown by 75%, dramatically increasing fresh and frozen food offerings.

  • We provided a monthly live cooking series by Chef Shannon of Cooking to Help Enrich Families.

  • In November, 300 Thanksgiving meals, including turkeys, were distributed. Our capacity increased due to a partnership with the Byron Saunders Foundation, as well as the ongoing support of our generous donor and his company match.

GOALS

  • We will expand the reach of the Resource Center to provide more intensive one-on-one support services for job seekers. 

  • We will provide 100 low-income children with supplemental food on a weekly basis throughout the summer. 

  • We will enhance and promote volunteer opportunities for clients. 

  • We will explore possibilities for social enterprise.

Background Statement

The Healthy Worthington Resource Center & Food Pantry began as a program of the Healthy Worthington Coalition, Inc. (HWC), a nonprofit organization that had its first meeting in 2003. In 2009, HWC approved the expansion of an existing program, Food for Families, in response to the need for a food pantry in Worthington. Food for Families collected food and money for three pantries operating out of churches and a somewhat limited service area.

Five individuals who remained committed to the food pantry continued meeting and, in July 2009, a small basement room was made available at the United Methodist Children’s Home. In August 2010, we moved to our current location on the former Harding Hospital campus, a property owned by The Ohio State University, and have already increased our space due to growing need. When we moved, we began a choice pantry with an emphasis on nutrition via the USDA guidelines.

During 2012, the education and health promotion functions of the Healthy Worthington Coalition transitioned to the volunteer and staff structure of the Worthington Food Panty and Resource Center. The two boards formally merged to become the Healthy Worthington Resource Center & Food Pantry.

Our organization re-branded in June 2014. Our new identity is the Worthington Resource Pantry with the tagline Healthy Worthington: Hungry to Share. We are more than a food pantry. We are unique. We are a resource center that educates, feeds, and comforts people who need a helping hand during rough economic times. We are committed to building a healthy Worthington. We engage our community by serving our neighbors, and providing them with opportunities to serve one another.

Today, our services are provided at 6700 Huntley Road and we continue to serve individuals and families in need. Our focus is on connecting neighbors to resources, empowering them to make healthy food choices and inspire creativity in the kitchen, and leading to a transformation in their lives and our community.

Statement from Ms. Jennifer Lynn Fralic, Executive Director

We are continuously committed to helping the whole person--mind, body, and spirit--by providing food and personal care items to over 1,200 families. We believe that connecting our neighbors with resources will enable them to find a pathway out of poverty and allow them to give back to the community.

Today, our programs and services remain as vital as ever. Last year we helped record numbers of people and we distributed 300,000 pounds of food in our choice pantry. In this time of continued economic difficulty, we also partner with other organizations in the community, such as summer lunches at Slate Hill Elementary and cooking classes at our location.

We were awarded the Platinum Level of recognition from the Mid-Ohio Food Bank’s Nourishing our Neighbors program, so you can be assured that we will continually assess the needs of our community and meet them effectively.

Statement from Mr. Chris Engel , Blue Marlin Graphics

All of our board members lead with strong convictions, a strong dedication, and strong support for our neighbors in need by fostering deep community connections and recognizing the value of all our supporters and volunteers.

Leadership

Management

Ms. Jennifer Lynn Fralic, 
Term Start 7/2013 
Compensated Yes 
Biographical Statement

Jennifer Fralic has been the executive director of the Worthington Resource Pantry since July 2013. The food pantry has seen phenomenal growth over the past several years, and saw a record-breaking number of families served in the fourth quarter. Jennifer and her team are striving to stock the shelves with healthy food choices and provide practical nutrition education for our neighbors and the community.

She is the former director of nutrition programs for LifeCare Alliance, where she managed the operations of the Meals-on-Wheels, and the Groceries-to-Go food pantry. She also provided nutrition counseling and education for clients of the LifeCare Wellness Centers and contracted agencies. 

Jennifer completed her undergraduate degree in nutrition and dietetics and supervised practice at Georgia State University. She also holds a BA in communication studies from Kent State University. She currently lives in Worthington with her husband and two boys.

 
Ms. Dawn Malone, 
Biographical Statement
Dawn Malone has been involved with the Worthington Resource Pantry since 2012 when she began volunteering for the annual summer fundraiser. Dawn's involvement grew in September 2014 when she joined the staff as the organization's full-time development manager. Dawn brings to the pantry more than 20 years of experience in marketing, business development, program management, and accounting.
 
Additional Organization Information
Number of Full-Time Staff:
Number of Part-Time Staff:
Number of Volunteers: 400 
Staff Retention Rate: 100% 

Infrastructure

Policies
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Fundraising Plan Yes
Management Succession/Training Plan No
Organization Policies and Procedures Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Years Plan Considers 3
Current Plan Adopted 4/2015
Additional Organization Information
Collaborations

Current collaborations exist with HandsOn Central Ohio; Mid-Ohio Foodbank; Ohio Benefit Bank; Worthington Public Library; Worthington Schools; and various faith, civic, and neighborhood organizations.

We also collaborate with other pantries such as the Community Resource Center and NNEMAP, as well as the Family Mentor and Byron Saunders foundations and the Smoky Row Interfaith Care Committee. 

Governance

Local Governing Board
Board Chair Mr. Chris Engel,
Board Chair Term 7/2015 -  6/2017  
Board Members
Linda Crawford-Cloud J.D.,  
Ms. Tina Fisher,  
Ms. Brandi Hann,  
Mr. Jerry Katz,  
Ms. AnnMarie McCallister,  
Chief James R. Mosic,  
Mr. J. Donald Mottley J.D.,  
Mr. Harry Pukay-Martin M.B.A,  
Ms. Jennifer Lynn Fralic , Non-Voting, Ex-Officio
Mr. Darnell Perkins , Non-Voting
Mr. Macrae Pete A.I.A , Non-Voting
Ms. Sandy Byers R.N., M.S.N , Ex-Officio
Additional Organization Information
Board Meetings Annually 10 
Board Meeting Attendance 84% 
Board Member Monetary Contributions 100%
Board Member In-kind Contributions 100%
Demographics
Gender Female 46%
  Male 54%
     
Race African-American/Black 8%
  Asian-American/Pacific Islander 0%
  Caucasian 92%
  Hispanic/Latino 0%
  Native American/American Indian 0%
  Multi-Racial 0%
  Other 0%
Advisory Board
No members in the Advisory Board.

Programs

Information and Referral

We work with many food pantry clients to identify and refer them to necessary resources, including transportation, housing, and clothing, typically through The Ohio Benefit Bank. The program operates during open hours and has demonstrated a 200% increase in the last six months.

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Food Distribution

Worthington Resource Pantry provides food to income-eligible residents. We are located in Worthington, and focus our efforts on reaching those in the Worthington City Schools district and Zip Code 43229. Ours is a Rainbow of Choice pantry that follows United States Department of Agriculture guidelines and allows customers to shop our shelves and make their own choices in each food category. The pantry is staffed with volunteers three days a week for two hours at a time. We focus on fresh options and provide three days of food for each family member at each visit.

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Financials

Data reflects three most recently completed fiscal years.

Current Fiscal Year 07/01/2015 - 06/30/2016
Projected Revenue $237,530
Projected Expense $237,530
Endowment Fund No
Current Capital Campaign? No
Anticipate a capital campaign in next 5 years? No

Revenues by Source

  2015   2014   2013  
Total Direct Support $246,700  $137,173  $116,349 
Direct Support Foundations
Direct Support Corporations
Direct Support Individuals
Direct Support Unspecified $246,700  $137,173  $116,349 
Government
Indirect Public Support
Earned Revenue
Interest and Dividends $635  $389  $107 
Membership Dues
Special Events $64,627  $33,320  $1,584 
In-kind $326,011  $234,978 
Other
TOTAL REVENUE $637,973  $405,860  $118,040 

Expense by Type

  2015   2014   2013  
Programs $363,079  $309,414  $114,382 
Administration $116,836  $32,903  $9,526 
Fundraising $48,146  $20,787 
Payment to Affiliates
TOTAL EXPENSES $528,061  $363,104  $123,908 

Assets and Liabilities

  2015   2014   2013  
Total Assets $342,304  $210,836  $170,748 
Current Assets $307,515  $9,747  $161,072 
Total Liabilities $22,147  $591  $12,954 
Current Liabilities $22,147  $591 
NET ASSETS $320,157  $210,245  $157,794 

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