South County Food Pantry Inc
VENICE FL 34285-5549
The mission of the South County Food Pantry is to gather, organize, maintain, and distribute food products to the less fortunate in the Venice, Nokomis, Osprey, and Laurel areas of Sarasota County, Florida; the South County Food Pantry is run strictly by volunteers with no paid employees.
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Pastor Robert Haley
Board Chair Affiliation Christ United Methodist Church
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 1988
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes July 2018
State Registration 0
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Impact Statement

2017 was a very good year for the South County Food Pantry.  During 2017 the pantry had 4,745 client visits accounting for 11,841 people including 2,519 children.  We have processed approximately 87,705 cans, boxes, bags, and other donated items not including any of our purchased food.  Totally we gave out approximately $228,000 worth of food.
Our goals for 2018 include:
  1. Continuing to approach our gated communities to help them set up donation procedures for their community.
  2. Increasing the numbers of businesses who support us with donations.
  3. Seek food from additional food sources while continuing to utilize All Faiths Food Bank as much as possible to purchase meat and other items for our clients.
  4. Keeping our name before the public as much as possible through newspapers, magazines, and social media such as Facebook.
  5. The continuation of grant writing in order to procure grants that help us to meet the needs of our community.

Needs Statement
The needs of the South County Food Pantry remain fairly static. Both monetary and food donations are needed in order to serve our clients. During 2017 we were successful in generating more monetary donations. Our operating costs represent approximately 7.9% of our budget. We have no paid employees, so all donated money goes toward purchasing supplemental food for our clients and our expenses. We would like to be able to offer more fresh food, eggs, and milk. We have the space to store perishable items, but at this time the expense is prohibitive unless we can purchase them from All Faiths Foodbank, however, these items are not always available.
Background Statement
The South County Food Pantry, founded in 1986 and has since provided assistance to a growing number of families in the Venice, Laurel, Nokomis, and Osprey areas of south Sarasota County Florida. Our clients are served monthly with a week’s supply of food for their families. Food donations are passed directly to our clients, and monetary donations are used to purchase supplemental food products at local grocery stores and the All Faiths Food Bank in Sarasota, Florida.

Over 95% of our donations are used directly to benefit the needy. The South County Food Pantry has no paid employees. The pantry has over one hundred volunteers, none of whom receives any compensation nor are they reimbursed for incidental expenses. We are a nonprofit, 501c3 organization, and we do not receive any government funding. During 2016 the pantry had 4,987 client visits accounting for 12,470 people including 3,031 children. We have processed approximately 79,130 cans, boxes, bags, and other donated items not including any of our purchased food. Totally we gave out approximately $228,000 worth of food.
One of our main goals is to provide support for families until they can improve their economic situation. This is true for a high percentage of our clients. From 2014 to 2016, 37% of our families were no longer dependent on our services. Senior citizens make up 10% of our clients. Homeless individuals make up 5% of our clients. Others include single-parent families, those who do not have work, and the disabled.
We are open every weekday from 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM. In addition to providing food, we also provide a certain amount of social interaction for our clients who enjoy talking with our volunteers. Our services are on a personal and very humanistic basis. Our clients are given choices in the food they take. We do not simply hand them a box of generic food. Many have specific dietary needs, and we make an effort to see that these needs are met if at all possible. For these reasons, we feel we are unique in our approach.
Our donations come from churches, community organizations, and individuals. We have over 150 such sources for our food. For tax purposes, a value is assigned to the food that we receive. In 2016 the value of the food we received through donations came to $123,752. Totally we gave out approximately $228,000 worth of food which includes items bought with monetary donations and grants from local foundations in addition to tangible donations.
Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Sarasota
Areas Served Comments The South County Food Pantry serves those in need of food in Sarasota County, Florida to all areas south of  and including Osprey.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Tertiary Org Type Human Services
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President

The South County Food Pantry is all about people. Our donors and volunteers work together to help meet the needs of our clients. The best part is that everyone feels blessed each time they give, work, or receive food.

So far we have been able to take in enough donations of food and money to make ends meet each year. We receive slightly over $200,000 each year including the value of food donations, and that is what we in turn give out. We would be hard pressed if our donations fell off even a little or if we had a great increase in the number of clients we serve.  Conversely, if our donations increased, we would then be able to give out more fresh food and meat.

Our volunteers deserve much credit. Over 120 steady workers come in at least once a month. Our stockers receive donations on a daily basis. All items must be date checked, sorted, and stored. Once this is completed, they make certain that the distribution shelves are full and ready for the next day. 

Next we have those who distribute the food. Each day there are three of them interacting with our visitors helping them to choose food and assisting them with special dietary needs. Although most of our clients come once a month, we have a few who are homeless and have no place to store food. They come in more often and take only the food they can use quickly. One gentleman comes in weekly. He takes care of three homeless elderly people with no transportation.

Last, but not least, are our desk personnel. They greet our clients, record the visit in our database, create a record for new people, and answer any number of questions.

Senior citizens make up 19% of our clients; the homeless, about 5%. Others include those who may or may not have work and find it difficult to afford food along with other expenses, the disabled or chronically ill, single parents, and others who in challenging situations. 

It is heartwarming to hear from people how much they are helped by receiving the food. One Christmas Eve, the pantry was closed, but I was there working. A lady came in, and when I told her we were closed, she broke down in tears. She had five hungry children at home. Of course I gave her food anyway.

The first time people come in, they often feel embarrassed. In no time, our volunteers make them feel comfortable. We are not there to judge, only to help. After a time they begin to talk about their lives and their loved ones. We listen to all sorts of problems as well as any good news. Some bring us goodies. One lady from Sicily is the best cookie maker I know and often brings us some.  Another lady made Christmas ornaments for us. They don’t have a lot of money, but they find many ways to show their gratitude, and it humbles all of us.

You may think that only our clients are the benefactors of the South County Food Pantry, but that is not the case. Our donors and volunteers come away feeling possibly even more blessed.

Description This program allows us to buy healthy snacks including individual size milk cartons for children to take with them to school for snack time.
Budget $2,500
Category Human Services, General/Other Children & Youth Services
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served K-12 (5-19 years)
Short Term Success This program is reviewed yearly.  It has been very successful because it allows children to take their own snacks rather than having to ask the school to provide them.  It's a matter of pride for the children.
Long Term Success We have been operating this program for the past two years with much success.  Our plan is to continue for the foreseeable future.  We are constantly looking for healthy food that is appealing to children rather than junk food.
Program Success Monitoring We operate completely within our budget which is $2500.  
Program Success Examples Mothers and fathers are very grateful for the snacks.  They are expensive to purchase individually, so this program helps keep their food budget in line.
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
CEO Term Start 0
CEO/Executive Director Email n/a
Former CEOs/Executive Directors
Senior Staff
Staff & Volunteer Statistics
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Staff Retention Rate % N/A
Professional Development No
Contractors 0
Volunteers 120
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
The South County Food Pantry works in collaboration with at least 30 churches in Venice, Osprey, and Nokomis.  In addition there are more than 100 service organizations who work with us to collect food.  We are a member of All Faiths Food Bank and operate under their guidelines.  We are visited at least yearly by a member of their staff.  Local community foundations have been very supportive of us.  We are visited at least yearly by their representatives and have consistently received grants funded by their organizations.  We also receive from Midwest Food Bank in Ft. Myers, FL.
Feeding America2016
Feeding America2017
External Assessments and Accreditations
Risk Management Provisions
Fundraising Plan Yes
Communication Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Yes
Strategic Plan Years 2
Strategic Plan Adopted Feb 2017
Management Succession Plan No
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures Yes
Board Chair
Board Chair Pastor Robert Haley
Company Affiliation Christ United Methodist Church
Board Term Mar 2017 to Mar 2019
Board Chair Email
Board Members
Board Members
Angelo Agliardo Community Volunteer
Charlene Cavanaugh Community Volunteer
Phyllis Gaylor Community Volunteer
Pastor Robert Haley Christ United Methodist Church
Barbara LaGrand Community Volunteer
Douglas MacFayden Community Volunteer
Nancy Parzych Community Volunteer
Lynne Schaeffer Community Volunteer
Rosemary Schroeder Community Volunteer
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 9
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 3
Female 6
Board Term Lengths 2
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 5
Board Meeting Attendance % 85
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 100
Standing Committees
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Donor Services
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
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 $246,400.00
Projected Expenses $261,900.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment Yes
Endowment Value $74,053.00
Endowment Spending Policy Percentage
Endowment Spending Policy % 5
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign No
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose
 As we identify additional food sources and more nutritious food options an additional refrigerator, freezer and a mezzanine will be needed to store light weight items when received.
Campaign Goal $20,000.00
Campaign Dates Aug 2017 to Apr 2018
Amount Raised To Date 0 as of 0
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$304,640$306,588$228,194
Administration Expense$30,141$28,211$28,800
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.171.090.95
Program Expense/Total Expenses91%91%89%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$261,451$204,583$181,094
Current Assets$162,495$174,560$157,951
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$5,051$6,438$14,215
Total Net Assets$256,400$198,145$166,879
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $384,674Contributions, gifts, grants $365,828Contributions, gifts, grants $243,466
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $6,895Investment Income $837Investment Income $486
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountFundraising $1,4670 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities32.1727.1111.11
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization The SCFP is run by 100% volunteers and the operating expenses (rent, insurances, office supplies etc.) are only approximately 7.9% of all the total contributions in food dollars and money donations that the pantry receives.
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from the organization's Federal 990s and audit documents. The value of contributed goods is included as income on the FY 2014 Federal tax return.
Nonprofit South County Food Pantry Inc
Address 247 CENTER COURT
VENICE, FL 34285 5549
Phone 941 408-2911