The organization has delivered over 300,000 meals in those thirteen years. Approximately 100 meals a day are delivered to HIV/AIDS clients and Hospice patients (starting in 2003) Monday through Friday evening by volunteers. Meals are provided to the client, the caregiver and any dependents in the home. Grocery bags are delivered once a week to supplement nutritional needs. Delivery has been cancelled only once because of dangerous roads conditions.
Our challenges are easy to understand: the rising cost of food, the competition for donor’s support and recruitment of volunteers to deliver the meals Monday through Friday. The Executive Director routinely monitors food costs which have risen dramatically in the last two years. Every effort is made by the staff to find bargains or opportunities to save money when purchasing food. The director has solicited food donations from national restaurant chains which have proved to be successful. A national pizza chain and Mexican food chain donate food on a weekly basis. Local organizations and schools donate canned goods.
The annual overall budget for Moveable Feast is approximately $172,000.00. The majority of those funds come from grants which continue to be smaller in dollars available, and with more competition for every dollar, and through fundraising. A significant amount of the board’s time and work involves fundraising. Over the last five years the board has developed several signature fundraising events which include the “Belmont BBQ” and “Cause for Pie”. The Belmont BBQ is held the same day as theBelmonthorse race, draws several hundred people to a lovely farm for a party, silent auction with wonderful entertainment. Cause for Pie is in the fall and the organization sells pies for Thanksgiving. A single pie sale will feed a client for a week.
Moveable Feast is the recipient of funds raised by other groups. The two most recent events were the second annual “Empty Bowl Event” sponsored by Bourbon andToulouse and Kentucky Mudworks which raised $6,500.00 this year and the “National Avenue Art Fest”.
Volunteer recruitment is done mostly through Social Media using Facebook and our website to generate interest. Competition for volunteer hours is increasing more difficult. The board has a goal of funding a Volunteer Coordinator position in the future.
Why do I, the board members, the staff and volunteers work so hard every year? Because we ensure that 100 people who would have no dinner each night are fed a nutritious meal once a day. Come ride with me one evening while I deliver one of the routes and you will know the difference we make to these people.
Indirect Public Support HelpIndirect public support represents revenue received through solicitation campaigns. This includes funding United Way and other federated fundraising organizations, but does not include donor designated contributions.
Earned Revenue HelpEarned revenue represents income generated in direct exchange for a product or service.Earned income includes income from government contracts.
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