Mayors Feed The Hungry Program Inc
P.O. Box 1992
Sarasota FL 34230-1992
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 Norman Scott Biehler
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
Former Names
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1992
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Oct 2018
State Registration Yes Nov 2017
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
IRS Determination Tax Exempt StatusView
Other Documents
Fund Drive LetterView
Food Drive Press ReleaseView
Impact Statement
Accomplishment 1: Last year: distribution of over $160,000 of $10 food gift cards. All funding comes from public donations.
Accomplishment 2: Over fifty-four 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.
Accomplishment 3: Celebrated our 30th Anniversary with a public ceremony attended by current and former mayors, elected officials, community leaders and the general public. Guest speakers, food and use of the facility were all donated. Canned food was collected and proceeds from a silent auction were donated to local food pantries.
Goals for current year
1. Increase donations to enable the ability to feed more needy hungry. We have requests for $200,000 in $10 food gift cards.
2. Increase participation of schools, companies and organizations to collect food for annual food drive. This year our goal is 60 tons of non perishable food items.
3. Give away 3,000 turkeys for Thanksgiving to needy families in the local area
4. Continue to maintain overhead expenses to less than 10% via all volunteer committee.
5. Add more non-profit organizations with food pantries in the Venice and North Port.
Needs Statement
1. For our food gift card program we need an additional $50,000 to reach our goal of giving away $ $205,000 in $10 food gift cards.
2. Turkeys for Thanksgiving $30,000
3. Refrigerated Food Truck $45,000 
4. T-shirts for volunteers at food drives and fund raising events $1,000
5. Banners, Brochures, Printed Materials $ 2,500
Background Statement
Since 1987 over 405,000 hungry persons have been helped by this 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
Areas Served Comments Manatee and Sarasota Counties, Florida
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 30 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 400,000 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 participating member of program are all volunteers, with no government support. As executive director, I am the only paid employee. Most services are donated with the exception of printing, mailing our annual letter, minimal advertising and other promotional items. Approximately 95%  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 50 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.  In an attempt to reach more donors and reduce mailing costs, we reduced the number of direct mailings and redirected those funds for promotion on the radio.

Budget $21,298
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 invite listeners to help feed the hungry for Thanksgiving.  Listeners come to the broadcast location, 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 2300 turkeys for 2300 families feeding approximately 10,350 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 $1,420
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.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Norman Scott Biehler
CEO Term Start Oct 2001
CEO/Executive Director Email
I have been working as a volunteer for the Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program for the past 16 years.  I have been the food drive coordinator for 15 years - growing from 12 participating collection locations to over 295 today. I became the Vice Chairman eight years ago and was appointed as the Executive Director at the end of 2016
I have a B.S. from Auburn University, was an officer in the US Navy and my professional career has been as a computer teacher/consultant. I am paraplegic and also serve on the board of directors of the Suncoast Center of Independent Living.
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Mr Ed Cheek Feb 1987 - Jan 1991
Joel C. Swallow Jan 1991 - Sept 2016
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 Yes
CEO/Executive Director Formal Evaluation Yes
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.

The Mayors' Feed the Hungry Program helps organize and provide volunteers to run the Giving Hunger the Blues event. We work directly with the Giving Hunger the Blues staff for this annual event.
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Government Licenses
Organization Licensed by the Government No
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan No
Strategic Plan No
Strategic Plan Years
Strategic Plan Adopted 0
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy No
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
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. 
Multi-Media Comments by Organization Thirty second PSA's are recorded and submitted to local media to run as public service announcements.
Board Chair
Board Chair Mr. Joel Clyde Swallow
Company Affiliation Morgan Stanley
Board Term Jan 1991 to Dec 2017
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Mr. Bob Armstrong Love Link Ministries
Mr. Norman Scott Biehler None
Mr. Ted Smith None
Mr. Joel Clyde Swallow Morgan Stanley Smith Barney
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 4
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 4
Female 0
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 12
Board Orientation No
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 94
Board Self-Evaluation No
Written Board Selection Criteria No
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 75
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.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Oct
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2017
Tax Year End Month Sept
Tax Year End Day 30
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $300,000.00
Projected Expenses $30,000.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations No
Organization has Endowment No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? No
Campaign Purpose
Campaign Goal
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$341,373$321,742$295,052
Administration Expense$0$0$276
Fundraising Expense$11,137$31,845$21,574
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.070.970.97
Program Expense/Total Expenses97%91%93%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue3%9%7%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$101,090$76,366$86,900
Current Assets$101,090$76,366$86,900
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$578$0$0
Total Net Assets$100,512$76,366$86,900
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $376,211Contributions, gifts, grants $342,649Contributions, gifts, grants $306,374
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $0Investment Income $404Investment Income $392
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Co-CEO/Executive Director Compensation N/A
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities174.90----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
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 our members are all volunteers from participating organizations 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 P.O. Box 1992
Sarasota, FL 34231 1992
Phone 941 928-1455