Mayors Feed The Hungry Program Inc
2 N Tamiami Trl Fl 11
Sarasota FL 34236

Raise funds and collect food to disburse to the local needy, free of charge, through participating non-profit agencies and organizations with special attention given to the Holiday Season. 

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Mr. Joel Clyde Swallow
Board Chair Affiliation Morgan Stanley
General Info
Organization DBA
mayor's feed the hungry campaign
mayor's program to feed the hungry
mayor's feed the hungry
mayors' feed the hungry
Supported Organization
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1992
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years?
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2015
State Registration Yes Oct 2015
IRS Letter of Determination
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $300,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Impact Statement

Last year: distribution of over $160,000 of $10 food gift cards; over forty-three tons of food from annual Thanksgiving food drive, hundreds fed at community public dinners; benefiting over 50,000 local hungry. All this is accomplished entirely by volunteers.  All funding comes from public donations. 

Goals for current year: Increase donations to enable the ability to feed more needy hungry;  Increase participation of schools, companies and organizations to collect food for annual food drive; continue to maintain overhead expenses to less than 10% via all volunteer committee - no paid staff - and more public and corporate support.
Needs Statement

Goal continues to be: raise more funds to feed more hungry with less than 10% overhead expenses via all volunteer committee (no paid staff) and more public support. 
 Our greatest need is to raise more public support via funding to enable feeding more hungry in Manatee and Sarasota counties through our 501 (c) (3) member agencies. 

We receive no government funding or United Way funding - only generous public support. Therefore we are totally dependent upon your financial support because the more you give, the more we can feed the hungry.
Background Statement

Since 1987 over 370,000 hungry persons have been helped by this program through the generosity of the all volunteer program. Manatee and Sarasota government leaders are asking for your financial support to provide food gift cards to those who are in need during the holiday season.  All money collected stays in our communities and is distributed by our member agencies as food gift cards allowing recipients, most of them children and elderly,  both dignity and choice. The number of gift card requests always exceeds the money donated.  Increased giving allows better serving the people in need in our communities.

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
FL- Manatee
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Secondary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Tertiary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
Over 25 years ago, I saw a need to bring together various facets of the community in a joint effort to feed the hungry with simplicity, eliminating red tape and attempting to meet this community need during the holiday season.   With the support of Sarasota Mayor, Fredd Atkins, a letter was sent out to local churches and benevolent organizations in the community to come together and discuss ways to help meet the urgent community need.  Out of this evolved the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program in 1987. I became the volunteer chairman in 1991 and have served in that capacity ever since. Over the years the program expanded to include the endorsement and support of mayors and commission chairs from cities throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties. This has been one of my passions to help feed the hungry. Since 1987 over 370,000 hungry persons have been helped by this program through the generosity of the wonderful people of our communities and this all volunteer committee.
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

One of the main things that makes this program different is the low overhead or low organizational costs, less than 10% expended via marketing, printing, mailing and postage expenses necessary to raise funds to help feed the hungry. The program is all volunteer, no paid staff, no government support. Most services are donated with the exception of printing, mailing our annual letter, minimal advertising and other promotional items. Approximately 90%  of donations received go to feed the hungry in our communities. Our focus is on the holiday season. Our annual food drive collects and distributes over 40 tons of food, free of charge, to member agencies via all volunteer participants just before the Thanksgiving holiday. The more the public can give the more we are able to help feed for the holidays.


Annual letter of solicitation signed by government leaders, community mayors and commission chairs, asking for financial support to provide food gift cards to those who are in need during this holiday season.  This year, 2013, in an attempt to reach more donors and reduce mailing costs, we are reducing the number of direct mailings and redirecting those funds for promotion on the radio.

Budget $23,366
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Hunger Action
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent
Short Term Success

Obvious near term achievement results in receiving food gift card(s) to help feed their family for one or more holiday meals.  Statistics reveal 35% are children, 15% are elderly, 16% are handicapped,  and remaining are others in need; and, they are very grateful for the immediate outcome of food to eat.

Long Term Success

Recipients are screened and pre-registered by individual member agencies prior to receiving food gift cards. Food gift cards are restricted for food only and allow a measure of dignity and choice to feed the individual and possibly their family during the holidays.  Tracking is immediate as recipients are very grateful to have food to eat for their next meal.  The constant demand is much greater than the supply of available food gift cards or dried and canned food.  Public data notes that three out of five children are "at risk" of being hungry (means missing one or more meals per day).  Problem is extensive and can be measured on a daily basis via participating member agencies that have programs that feed one day per week. Ultimate change is that more people find out where food or gift cards are being distributed and overwhelm the distributing agencies.

Program Success Monitoring

You know how the program is working from the grateful words of appreciation and tears in the eyes of the recipients.  We receive constant messages of gratitude from workers to measure success.

Program Success Examples

Member agencies requests for food gift cards exceeds the amount available serves to convince the committee that the program continues to do well.  One example is giving a mother , living in her car with several children, a few gift cards.  Upon receipt of the cards she bursts into tears of gratitude because she can feed her children food.  There is much more demand, for food gift cards and canned food, than supply. 

Description Live radio broadcasts from local grocery stores invite listeners to help feed the hungry for Thanksgiving.  Listeners come to the broadcast location at a store, purchase a turkey and donate it to The Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program. The turkeys are given away free at our local food pantries throughout Sarasota and Manatee counties. In order to receive a turkey, people have to register at our food pantries and show a legitimate need.
Budget $0
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success Excellent community public relations through radio broadcasts.  This program lets local citizens make a worthwhile contribution in a tangible form to help those who are less fortunate during the holidays.
Long Term Success Increases families holiday celebrations enabling turkey to be the main dish to feed many people who might otherwise have gone without.
Program Success Monitoring Success determined by amount of donations. Donors give actual frozen turkeys or make a cash donation that is used to purchase turkeys.
Program Success Examples Last year the program provided over 1800 turkeys for 1800 families feeding approximately 8,100 people (based on an average family size of 4.5)
Description Three weeks prior to Thanksgiving, schools, organizations, businesses, government offices and hundreds of people are invited to collect non perishable food items to be given away free. Over 5,000 volunteers participate in this effort.  Local businesses donate boxes, signs, tape, and transportation for pick up and delivery of the food items.  Hundreds of volunteers come together on the final collection day to sort and distribute the food to volunteer member agencies.
Budget $1,400
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Adults Families Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens
Short Term Success Each member agency receives about 45 boxes full of nonperishable food items to be given away free to local needy and hungry individuals and families to augment their holiday meals.
Long Term Success Primary objective is short term success providing meals for the holiday season.  All the food that is collected is immediately distributed free of charge to member agencies.
Program Success Monitoring
Interviews with volunteer agency directors expressing the appreciation from the people who receive the food.
Records are kept of all the locations that donate food each year and the goal is to increase the number of locations each year to increase food donations. 
Program Success Examples Extreme expressions of appreciation and thankfulness for helping to provide a special holiday meal for family and friends. 

Stand Downs are one part of the Department of Veterans Affairs’ efforts to provide services to homeless veterans.  The local venue for this annual event is held at the Palmetto Fair Grounds in November where a variety of services are offered from different local agencies and organizations. including:

Food;  Clothing;  Medical Screening; Hair Cuts; Job Placement; Assistance Dental Services; Bicycle Give Away; Music and Entertainment; Hot Cooked Meals; Flu Shots; Amnesty Court; and Community Services.  The Mayors’ Feed the Hungry Program provided: Volunteers and Breakfast for this event feeding about 600.

Budget $1,500
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Hunger Action
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Other Named Groups At-Risk Populations Other Economic Level
Short Term Success The food and services provide immediate attention to desperate needs.  $10 food gift cards are distributed allowing veterans to purchase items of their own choosing.
Long Term Success The Stand down helps homeless veterans obtain food, services and job placement opportunities with the long term potential of becoming gainfully employed and independent.
Program Success Monitoring The local Veterans Commission monitors the event and gives us feedback on the results.
Program Success Examples One lady approached an official at the Stand Down with several children in tow requesting assistance. After a brief interview with her the official offered a few food gift cards, upon which the lady broke down and cried. She has been living in her car with her children and had no food or place to stay.  She was extremely touched that someone cared and provided assistance.
Program Comments by Organization
All volunteer food drive:
Schools, companies, religious groups, agencies and organizations are invited to collect food for our annual Thanksgiving food drive. This is a massive effort to coordinate requiring countless volunteer hours to: sign up participants via phone calling, e-mail and faxes; distribute collection boxes and fliers throughout Manatee and Sarasota counties; get vehicles to pick up food that is collected; and finally to sort and distribute the food.
Community Awareness:
To promote food drives, community feedings, homeless stand downs, and miscellaneous fund raising activities we solicit donations from printing companies, office supply stores, duplication services, public service announcements, articles for news media, etc.  This requires many man hours of outreach and maintaining rapport with local providers asking them to graciously donate their services.
Program Comments by Foundation
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email
Experience Senior VP at Morgan Stanley; President of local Full Gospel Businessmen Fellowship; Kiwanis Foundation board of directors; Involved with several local community organizations serving in advisory capacity
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr Ed Cheek Feb 1987 - Jan 1991
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 35
Management Reports to Board N/A
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation N/A
Senior Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non-Management Formal Evaluation N/A

Each year the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program requests the endorsement and support of our program via individual signatures of the Mayors and Commission Chairs of participating cities and counties in Sarasota and Manatee counties.  Every year newly elected officials are informed about the program and solicited for their support.

External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan No
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan Yes
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Management Comments by Organization The constant challenge is to encourage the public to respond to our letter of appeal for support. The reason being, the more the public responds, the more hungry people we are able to feed.  The volunteers that participate in our program are passionate about feeding the hungry. It is a challenge to get the public involved with the same passion.  The goal is to administer this program with minimal red tape to the recipient agencies so they can feed as many as they can. 
Management Comments by Foundation
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Joel Clyde Swallow
Company Affiliation Morgan Stanley
Board Term Jan 1991 to Dec 2015
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Bob Armstrong Love Link Ministries
Mr. Norman Scott Biehler None
Mr. Duane C. Magnuson None
Mr. Ted Smith None
Mr. Joel Clyde Swallow Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Student serving on the board through Community Youth Development? No
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 5
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 12
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Board Meeting Attendance % 80
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 83
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 17
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Governance Comments by Organization Raising community awareness of the hunger problem on a consistent basis and the challenges to effectively communicate and continually raise funds to feed the hungry.  We are constantly working on that. The more people respond to the appeal, the more people we can feed. People are hungry every day.
Governance Comments by Foundation  Board meeting attendance is based on one annual meeting.
Fiscal Year Projections
Fiscal Year Begins 2014
Fiscal Year Ends 2015
Projected Revenue $300,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Endowment Value
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Endowment Spending Policy %
Capital Campaign
In a Capital Campaign No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Campaign Dates 0 to 0
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? No
IRS Form 990s
2014 9902014
990 Tax Return2012
Audit/Financial Documents
Historical Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$321,658$276,762$303,549
Administration Expense$262$244$830
Fundraising Expense$19,360$23,925$27,059
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.941.120.88
Program Expense/Total Expenses94%92%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue6%7%9%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$97,036$116,065$79,505
Current Assets$97,036$116,065$79,505
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$0
Total Net Assets$97,036$116,065$79,505
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $321,801Contributions, gifts, grants $336,965Contributions, gifts, grants $291,294
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $450Investment income $526Investment income $354
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
     Typically the requests for food gift cards during the holiday seasons far exceeds our fundraising efforts by at least $50,000.  Our mission statement is to fulfill the needs of the hungry in Sarasota and Manatee counties. We need to increase our fundraising to accomplish this goal. As you may well know we are a totally volunteer organization which can currently claim a 90% efficiency factor in stewardship of the donors contributions.  That is to say, only 10% of our fundraising is spent on operating expenses. Our only asset is cash from donations.
      Alternatively any assistance in subsidizing our marketing, printing and postage budget will also make available additional funds to fulfill our mission statement.  Our budget in these areas is currently $25,000.  
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial figures for all years, with the exception of 2010, were taken from IRS Form 990/990-EZ.  Individual contributions include foundation and corporate support, as reported on Form 990. 
Nonprofit Mayors Feed The Hungry Program Inc
Address 2 N Tamiami Trl Fl 11
Sarasota, FL 34236
Primary Phone 941 364-7440