Meals On Wheels of Sarasota County Inc
421 N Lime Ave
Sarasota FL 34237
Meals On Wheels of Sarasota, Inc. delivers nutritious meals to persons in need in the Sarasota community, who are unable to provide or prepare a meal for themselves in their homes. 
CEO/Executive Director Alaln Sprintz
Board Chair Tess Koncick
Board Chair Company Affiliation community volunteer
History and Background
Former Names
Community Mobile Meals of Sarasota County, Inc
Organization DBA
Meals on Wheels of Sarasota, Inc.
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Awarded a competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
Incorporation Year 1972
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $280,000.00
Projected Expenses $500,000.00
Additional Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Letter of Determination
State Info
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes May 2015
State Registration 0
  • We deliver over 170,000 hot meals yearly. In many cases, this meal is the only food our clients will receive on any given day.
  • We receive no government funding, allowing us the maximum flexibility to serve all those in need;
  • All our meals are delivered by a volunteer corps of Sarasota citizens, who donate their time and resources to making a difference in their community.
  • Work within our community to reach those individuals who may benefit from our services.
  • Continue to serve the homebound and seniors who cannot make or provide a meal for themselves.
  • Increase our endowment fund.
  • Explore capital needs, including the expansion of our facility.
Meals on Wheels of Sarasota was founded by a concerned and dedicated group of volunteers, headed by Jim Pierce, in 1972. From the beginning, the organization has maximized to power of generous volunteers to deliver meals from University Parkway to Blackburn Pointe Rd., and from I-75 westward to Longboat Key, Lido Key and Siesta Key.
The group came together with the leaders of three downtown churches (Church of the Redeemer, First Baptist, and St. Martha's Catholic Church) to address the nutritional needs of homebound individuals. For the first fifteen years, until 1987, MOW used the cafeteria kitchen at St. Martha's School to prepare its meals. We currently own own kitchen at 421 N. Lime Avenue.
The founding group decided to not take any government funding in order to be able to reach out to as many people as possible. The organization has kept this principle, which allows us the flexibility to serve anyone who needs it, regardless of their age and income.
  1. Financial donations for our operation are essential to achieve our mission.
  2. Volunteer drivers for off-season (April - September) are needed to deliver meals. This is an ideal opportunity for high school students looking to fulfill their Bright Futures community service requirement over the summer.
  3. Dynamic individuals to serve on the Board and be involved in the growth of the organization. 
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director
Meals on Wheels of Sarasota is a unique organization, both in Sarasota and amongst other Meals on Wheels operations. Most Meals on Wheels are reliant on state and federal grants to finance their operations. Though there are advantages to this model, it can also be limiting. Because most government grants view MOW as a senior funding program, it is often restricted to individuals over the age of 60 years. 
Meals on Wheels of Sarasota has a much greater degree of  flexibility to meet the needs of our neighbors. We are NOT restricted to assisting anyone because of their age. This allows us to expand the reach of our service and deliver meals to people who need them because of economic, physical, or mental need. For example, Meals on Wheels of Sarasota has been able to help veterans struggling to re-adjust back into civilian life.
We are actively working with other nonprofits to determine how we can all serve our society in a more efficient manner, reaching as many of our neighbors as possible.
Lastly, Meals on Wheels of Sarasota is not just a program for the poor or financially stressed; but rather a program for those in need. If a person cannot prepare or get a meal, we want to serve them. We ask all of our clients for a $4.50 donation for every meal we serve them. However, because only 25% of our clients can make any donation we subsidize 75% of the meals we serve.
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Meals on Wheels of Sarasota fulfills an very important human need: a daily hot meal. It is easy to forget that there is hunger in our community, but it continues to be prevalent and widespread.  It is an issue that transcends age and economic status. We serve people who do not have enough to feed themselves and their families, and people who are physically incapable (because of age, injury, or disability) to make their own meals. 
Though it can be challenging to serve such a wide range of different groups, we are lucky enough to count with a generous and dedicated group of volunteers. These Sarasota citizens are invested in making sure none of their neighbors go hungry.
We also work closely with other nonprofits and groups, such as Salvation Army, St. Martha's Catholic Church, Bethesda House, and Resurrection House. We are currently working to set up a collaborative relationship with Goodwill's veteran program and with other Meals on Wheels in our area. We believe that creating strong relationships within the non-profit community will enable us to provide better services to people in need.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Meals On Wheels of Sarasota delivers hot meals to individuals in their homes who, because of age, physical/mental disability, financial need or incapacitation are unable to prepare a meal for themselves. All the meals are delivered by dedicated volunteers. Our goal is to allow our clients to maintain the highest level of independence and dignity possible, while living in their own home or residence. 
Budget $500,000
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Meal Distribution
Program linked to organizational strategy? Yes
Population Served Elderly and/or Disabled At-Risk Populations Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success
Individuals who have a nutritional need (whether by sudden physical or financial circumstances, or from the effects of aging) are able to have that need met in their home.
Long Term Success
Individuals in need will be able to meet their nutritional needs maintain their self-respect while living independently in their own homes.
Program Success Monitored By
The screening committee is charged with verifying our client's needs on an annual basis.
Examples of Program Success
Many residents of Sarasota County do not think there is a need for a food program. They are unaware that there are many pockets of working class and poor individuals, and many elderly, whom have been adversely affected by the economic downturn over the last several years.
Over the last ten years, our organization has never served LESS tahn 439 meals/deal, and frequently have served over 515 meals/day.
Program Comments by Organization
The service that we offer is  basic to our clients' well-being: a hot meal every day. Our biggest challenge is to reach out to people so that we don't under-serve our market. There are many of our neighbors in Sarasota that need to be fed but that do not know about our services. We can provide meals to the elderly, to the disabled, and to the financially strained. 
Because we don't receive any government funding, we need to count on you to support us - both monetarily and with volunteer efforts. We provide an average of 550 meals six days a week to clients in north Sarasota County, and we do this with just five paid staff. Every day, over 40 volunteers come to our kitchen and help package and deliver the meals.
In addition,  Meals On Wheels of Sarasota does not accept any governmental funding; we believe this allows us the greatest level of flexibility to assist people in need in our community. Throughout the years, donors have been integral with gifts and bequests, to ensure that we can continue in this important mission.
Help us to help others in the Sarasota Community.  
CEO/Executive Director
Executive Director Alaln Sprintz
CEO Term Start Sept 2014
Meals on Wheels of Sarasota is currently conducting a search for a new Executive Director.
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 4
Volunteers 225
Contractors 0
Staff Retention Rate % 100
Professional Development Yes
Management Reports to Board Yes
Organization Plans
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted July 2014
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Policies and Procedures No
Continuity of Operations Plan Under Development
Senior Staff
Judy Johnson Driver Coordinator
Joannie Pfingsten Desk Coordinator
Wojciech Wojciak Chef/Head Cook
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
NonManagement Formal Evaluation No
Meals on Wheels of Sarasota has a long history of collaborating with local churches. In fact, the organization was founded by volunteers working closely with three churches: St. Martha's, Church of the Redeemer, and First Sarasota Baptist Church.
In addition, Meals on Wheels works with other non-profit organizations, such as the Salvation Army, Bethesda House, Resurrection House, the Humane Society of Sarasota, Goodwill, and the Senior Friendship Meals on Wheels Program. 
The organization is constantly working to increase collaboration with other non-profits in order to ensure the best services possible for the Sarasota community.
In 2013, we approached the three other Meals On Wheels operations in south Sarasota County (Englewood, North Port and Port Charlotte) to review their food costs and propose a food buying consortium. This would lower the other operations' food costs by up to 25%. 
In February, 2014, the Meals On Wheels operations from the following areas met: Sarasota, Venice, Port Charlotte and Senior Friendship Centers throughout southwest Florida. We discussed different opportunities to do joint marketing and fundraising. This would allow us the duel benefit of raising the awareness of the entire two county area as to the plight of elder hunger, as well as consolidate and unify the message that is going out to the community. 
Meals On Wheels of Sarasota and the programs in Venice, Port Charlotte and Senior Friendship collaborated to participate in the Meals On Wheels Association of America program called March For Meals. This campaign is designed to raise awareness of senior hunger in our communities, primarily by having government officials and local notables deliver meals and draw attention to the need of seniors. The group submitted for a grant from the national organization and were awarded a $1,500 grant, which was divided between the four organizations on a pro rata basis.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the Government? No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Leadership Comments by Organization
Meals on Wheels is currently reviewing its operations to improve meal delivery.  A grant for $25,000 was recently received to update software and computer equipment.  
Leadership Comments by Foundation 4
Board Chair
Board Chair Tess Koncick
Company Affiliation community volunteer
Board Term Aug 2012 to Aug 2015
Board Members
Board Members
Les Fishman Community Volunteer
Ms. Lisa Knepp US Trust
Teresa Koncick Community Volunteer
Carolyn J Mason Sarasota County Commission
Jack McGarry Community Volunteer
Beatriz Paniego-Bejar UNIDOS Now
Dick Robbins Community Volunteer
Ken Shelin Community Volunteer
Alan Sprintz Community Volunteer
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 7
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Orientation Yes
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 11
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
Percentage of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Board Governance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization
Meals On Wheels has made great strides in its establishment of an effective governance structure. There are now formal policies on non-discrimination, investments & gifts, whistle-blowing, and conflict-of-interest. The Board selection process has been formalized, and includes a written description of a Board Members duties and responsibilities.
Financial Info
Fiscal Year 2014
Projected Revenue $280,000.00
Projected Expenses $500,000.00
Spending Policy Income plus capital appreciation
IRS Form 990s
Form 990 20132013
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$299,646$290,206$260,949
Investment Income, Net of Losses$58,809$44,085$66,815
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$0$0$0
Revenue In-Kind$1,000$5,000$0
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$462,135$405,830$452,636
Administration Expense$45,144$36,165$22,952
Fundraising Expense$11,885$7,415$3,927
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.920.970.85
Program Expense/Total Expenses89%90%94%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue4%3%2%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$2,002,388$2,056,847$1,528,077
Current Assets$241,805$304,227$1,454,548
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$12,778$12,264$11,513
Total Net Assets$1,989,610$2,044,583$1,516,564
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $299,646Contributions, gifts, grants $290,206Contributions, gifts, grants $260,949
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountMeal Payments $117,339Meal Payments $90,608Meal Payments $79,859
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $58,809Investment Income $44,085Investment income $66,815
CEO Compensation
Co-CEO Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities18.9224.81126.34
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Meals On Wheels does not receive government funding; throughout our 40 years of service, we have relied on three sources of income: client payments for their meals; bequests and donations; and grants. Approximately 70% of our clients are unable to make fiscal contributions. Bequests and donations made over the years have allowed us to build a significant cash reserve, which is drawn on to cover operational shortfalls. Grants have tended to be projected oriented, although there are numerous grants to cover operational expenses.
The Meals On Wheels financial statements are best to understand the operational  nature of the organization. We serve over 500 people/day. 30% of the expenses are covered by contributions from the clients. The organization is determined to increase this percentage, and are striving to have all clients contribute something, as a demonstration of understanding that Meals On Wheels and they are working together. The submission of grants is a top priority for the organization in 2014. The Board believes there are many opportunities to request funds for projects, asset replacement and operations. 
And, lastly, the Executive Director and the Board will continue to increase the community's awareness of the need for Meals On Wheels and the importance in meeting the needs of so many people. In this manner, relationships will be created, and Meals On Wheels will hopefully be included in the planning documents of estates. 
Financial Comments by Foundation Foundations and corporations are included with individual contributions as they are not separated in the 990 or audit.  Financial figures taken from IRS Form 990.  990 and audit are reconciled.
Nonprofit Meals On Wheels of Sarasota County Inc
Address 421 N Lime Ave
Sarasota, FL 34237
Primary Phone 941 366-6693
CEO/Executive Director Alaln Sprintz
Board Chair Tess Koncick
Board Chair Company Affiliation community volunteer
Year of Incorporation 1972
Former Names
Community Mobile Meals of Sarasota County, Inc