Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies Inc.
2511 75TH ST W
BRADENTON FL 34209-5306

Our Mission is to provide weekend meals through a back-pack program during the school year for children, ages five through twelve, who are homeless and/or living in food deprived homes.

CEO/Executive Director No Executive Director
Board Chair Jeffrey T. Mitchell Ph.D
Board Chair Affiliation Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies
General Info
Tax Exempt Status Public Supported Charity
Incorporation Year 2014
Awarded competitive grant from Community Foundation in the last 5 years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit Yes Sept 2018
State Registration Yes Dec 2017
Financial Summary
Note: Revenue includes the value of in-kind contributions/donations
IRS Letter of Determination
Letter of DeterminationView
Other Documents
Rick Mills, Suiperintendent Manatee School SystemView
Rep. Vern BuchananView
2nd graderView
Impact Statement

We have increase the volume of children we help who are homeless and/or food deprived to 920 each week during the school year.

We were instrumental in assisting in the development of a “Coalition" of similar or "like providers” to coordinate and enhance the provision of meals  to homeless and/or food deprived children in Manatee County.


Our program, through television, newspaper and other media, has expand the knowledge and understanding of childhood hunger within Manatee County Florida and other communities outside Manatee County and the State of Florida. Our program template has been expanded to include 63 Elk Lodges in 20 states who have either developed a formal backpack program, or now participate with a local provider.

Our success has been measured by the over 134,810 homeless and/or food deprived children who were able to have six meals over weekends since January 6, 2011.

We have been fortunate to have considerable media coverage. In 2012-13 our program was aired six times on Bay News 9, Fox News 13, WTSP channel 10 in Tampa and WTSP channel 7 ABC News out of Sarasota Florida. In 2012, Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies was the Manatee County  Chamber of Commerce and the Manatee County School System "Partner in Excellence" Award winner. In 2014 the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce and School Board "Civic Partner Award".We were featured at the 2012 Elks National Convention in Phoenix by the Elks National Foundation, and our Executive Director was awarded “Hometown Hero” by WTSP Channel 10, and “Every-Day Hero” by Bay News 9 Brighthouse Network

We have attracted over 90 volunteers in our community.

Needs Statement
1.  Funding is paramount as in FY2017 we will send $65,000 on food primarily due to the unavailability of kid friendly, non-perishable food from the Manatee County Food Bank, and the present economy. That amount is just to sustain at our present volume of 920 children per week for 35 weeks.
2.  Donated food of peanut butter, caned meats, tuna $20,000
3.  A second cargo van $28,000 
4.  A rent-free empty area of 2,500 sq. foot in the Lakewood Ranch Zip codes.  Area would provide the donor with tax deduction. 
5.  Find a major contributor and spokes person.
We hope to garner more media coverage, as one of our goals is to bring awareness to the plight and problems associated with childhood hunger here n our community and communities over the United States.
Background Statement

Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Inc., began in January 2011 after we became aware of over a thousand “homeless” children in the Manatee County School System. In 2011 we were awarded a $10,000 startup grant from the Elks National Foundation and we developed a backpack program to provide six complete meals for over the weekend to fifty homeless children in two schools.  This was done in conjunction with the Manatee County School System, who identified the children in elementary schools, ages five through twelve, who were listed as "homeless" or living in "Food Deprived homes".

Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Inc., provides food through a discreet process where we do not know the child's name or whereabouts. Food and snacks are processed by volunteers, placed in backpacks and delivered to the school on Fridays for distribution.

Food items are non-perishable, recommended by the School Board Nutritionist, and purchased from "The Food Bank" operated by Meals on Wheels of Manatee County, Sam’s Club/Wal-Mart, Save-a-Lot, Publix and other local and national grocery suppliers. Food stuffs are non-perishable, stored, processed and packed in two FDA inspected and donated facilities. 

Since our first week - January 6, 2011, and as of the end of December 2017, we will have provided 808,860 meals containing 8,897,460 items to 134,810 children, ages 5 to 12 in fourteen different Manatee County Elementary Schools. That amounts to 539,240 pounds of food or 270 tons of food. 

Volunteerism is alive and well within Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Inc., as there are no paid employees, or reimbursed expense, hence no administrative cost.  Since January, 2011 our one hundred and twenty plus volunteers from the Bradenton and Lakewood Ranch Elks and members of our community have logged over 40,000 hours of service, and have driven in excess of 205,000 miles to and from our sites, including the distance associated with delivering the backpacks with food, picking up the empty backpacks and bringing them to our facility, purchasing and loading food and transporting it to our facility

Areas Served
Areas Served
FL- Manatee
Areas Served Comments
Children who are designated by the Manatee County School System as homeless and/or food deprived ages five through twelve in Manatee County, Florida.
Service Categories
Primary Org Type Human Services
Secondary Org Type Food, Agriculture & Nutrition
Tertiary Org Type Public & Societal Benefit
Statement from the Board Chair/Board President
The challenges facing Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Inc. are two (2) fold.  Public awareness of the problem of childhood hunger and the pervasiveness in our country/communities that hunger or food deprivation has far reaching effects on both physical and mental development of the child.  Philanthropic organizations/Foundations seem to be more interested in helping children abroad than here in the USA.
The secondary challenge is funding.  While we have a noble cause and have grown sixteen fold in the past five years, we still operate on a small margin.  Our growth is limited by income and awareness.
We are addressing these challenges by developing relationships with local media, and foundations.
In 2010 we became aware of thousands of children who were homeless and hungry right here in our community, travesty!  No child should go hungry regardless of their family situation. I immediately started this program and continue to grow this program to provide for as many hungry children as possible.  Also working with the Manatee County School System Department of Nutrition to expand the provision of meals by assisting the development of like organizations to rapidly reach out to as many hungry children as this community can support
Jeff Mitchell
Chairman of the Board of Directors
Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Inc..
Statement from the CEO/Executive Director

The problem of poverty is pervasive and can be overwhelming. Around the world, more than one billion people are malnourished. An estimated 1.4 billion people live on less than $1.25 a day. Every day children are dying just because they don't have enough food to eat. That's a tragedy that should not occur. One out of every five children in the United States lives at or below the poverty level and the USDA estimates that 17.8% of all children in Florida are “food-deprived”.

It is estimated that over 2,000 children ages 5-12 are homeless living in Manatee County and another 4,000 are living in food deprived households. That is a travesty as no child should go hungry. 

Though masked by our prosperity-focused culture, poverty is a serious issue right here at home, and the problem has only become more serious in our hurting economy. More than half of all poor families in America live in eight states-California, Illinois, Michigan, Texas, New York, Florida, Ohio, and Georgia. Unfortunately, the children suffer the most. No child should suffer from hunger-especially when we can do something about it!

We are unique as other similar programs concentrate solely on "homeless" while we include food deprived, which is a more broad definition of children who are hungry.

Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Inc. provides six complete weekend meals to homeless and food deprived children ages five to twelve in Manatee County Florida.  This is accomplished through a "Backpack Program" in conjunction with the Manatee County School System.
Budget $388,868
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Program Linked to Organizational Strategy Yes
Population Served Children Only (5 - 14 years)
Short Term Success
Since our inception in 2011 we have grown from helping fifty children in two schools to over 830 in fourteen schools.   The coalition we developed adds another six hundred bringing the success goal to 100 percent of all identified homeless children and 29 percent of all identified food deprived children in the age group of five to twelve.  The improvements will be that many more children will not have to go to bed hungry in Manatee County.
Long Term Success
Ultimate change would be that no child in Manatee County, Florida goes hungry.  Target population being ages five through twelve who are homeless and/or food deprived.  We track the success of the program through the Manatee County School System statistics on per-cent of identified food deprived and homeless children receiving weekend food.
Program Success Monitoring
The Manatee School System identifies the children who are in need of weekend food.  These children are single blind to our organization as we do not know nor care who the child or what their race, religion or status.  We provide to the unknown child through the local schools.  We track our success by comparing our coverage as a percent of the total population of hungry children and the reports by the School System.
Program Success Examples
Since 2011, we have grown to provide food for 70% of our target population of homeless children and coupled with the coalition we assisted in starting are at 100%. Now comes the over 4,000 food deprived children for which we are 20% and with the coalition 30%. We have letters from schools thanking us and letters from children who recognize that without us they would go hungry.  Furthermore we were awarded the "Partner in Excellence" and "Civic Partner of the Year" by the Manatee County Chamber of Commerce and Manatee County School System.
Program Comments by Organization
Our main challenge is finding increase funding to grow our program and help more homeless and food deprived children.  We are finding it difficult to interest and  engage large national foundations to understand we have childhood hunger and homeless children right here in our communities.  This problem is also an opportunity to educate our communities through media coverage of the plight and problems associated with childhood hunger
Children who struggle with hunger are sick more often, recover more slowly, and are more likely to be hospitalized.  They are more likely to experience headaches, stomachaches, colds, ear infections and fatigue.   Children who face hunger are more susceptible to obesity and its harmful health consequences as children and as adults.  Undernourished children cannot learn as much, as fast or as well.  Lack of enough nutritious food impairs a child’s ability to concentrate and perform well in school. Children who regularly do not get enough nutritious food to eat have significantly higher levels of behavioral, emotional and academic problems and be more aggressive and anxious. Teens who regularly do not get enough to eat are more likely to be suspended from school and have difficulty getting along with other kids.   
We are addressing this problem by providing meals to unfortunate children who, by no fault of their own, would otherwise go hungry.
Jeff Mitchell
Executive Director and Chairman of the Board




Jeff Mitchell PER

Executive Director and Board Chair

Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies







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 No
  • Manatee County Coalition to provide food to homeless and food deprived children.
  • Manatee County Food Bank.
  • Manatee County School System
  • Ballard Elementary
  • Bayshore Elementary
  • Daughtrey Elementary
  • Freedom Elementary
  • Sea Breeze Elementary
  • Stewart Elementary
  • Witt Elementary
  • Able Elementary
  • Moody Elementary
  • Palma Sola Elementary
  • Team Success
  • LWR Imagine
External Assessments and Accreditations
Awards & Recognition
Business Partner in ExcellenceManatee County Fl. Chamber of Commerace and School Board2012
Hometown Hero / Jeff MitchellNews Channel Baynews 9 Tampa, Florida2012
"Every-Day Hero" / Jeff MitchellABC Channel 8 Tampa2012
Civic Partner of the YearManatee County Chamber of Commerace / School Board2014
Coin of ExcellenceSchool District of Manatee County - Rick Mills Superintendent2014
Letter of Recognition of Organization and AwardsCongressman Vern Buchanan2014
National Volunteer of the YearElks National Foundation2015
Risk Management Provisions
Commercial General Liability and D and O and Umbrella or Excess and Automobile and Professional
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 Yes
Continuity of Operations Plan No
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistle Blower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Policies and Procedures No
Management Comments by Organization
Our organization is only challenged by incoming funding.  We are making great headway with grant funding and soliciting local philanthropy.  Our program is nationally, regionally and locally recognized and has won numerous awards.  We are capitalizing on that success by bringing an increase awareness of childhood hunger and seeking a nationally recognized spokesperson.  
From a management standpoint, we are fortunate to have experienced and dedicated leadership both at the Board level, Site and Transportation Directors
Jeff Mitchell Board Chair
Multi-Media Comments by Organization
We have been fortunate in that our organization has been showcased nationally by the Elks National Foundation and local/regional television by BayNews 9  and ABC 7 in Sarasota and Channel 8 in Tampa, Florida.  Furthermore I offer and have had on-going speaking engagements.   
Jeff Mitchell, Executive Director and Chairman of the Board
Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Inc.
Other Documents
Other Document 2
Wistleblower Policy
Board Chair
Board Chair Jeffrey T. Mitchell Ph.D
Company Affiliation Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies
Board Term Jan 2017 to Dec 2018
Board Chair Email jeffmitch6@yahoo.com
Board Members
Board Members
Brett Davis DDGER SW Florida District
Mike Dinius Assistant Supervisor, Bradenton Florida Police Department
Rick Erickson Treasurer, CPARetired
Gloria Gardner SecretaryRetired
Mike LaRoco Retired
Jeffrey Mitchell Director & Board ChairRetired
Janet Mitchell Retired
Mayor, City of Bradenton Wayne Poston City of Bradenton
Past President FL. Elks Dan Tabor Tabor and Associates
Clay Wakefield East County Co-DirectorLakewood Ranch Sarasota Elks
Rosalee Wakefield East County Co-DirectorLakewood Ranch Elks
Skip Waymire Retired
Constituency Includes Client Representation No
Board Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 12
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0 0
Board Gender
Male 8
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Board Term Lengths 1
Board Term Limits 99
Board Orientation Yes
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Board Meeting Attendance % 90
Board Self-Evaluation Yes
Written Board Selection Criteria Yes
Board Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
% of Board Making Monetary Contributions 100
% of Board Making In-Kind Contributions 100
Standing Committees
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Community Outreach / Community Relations
Development / Fund Development / Fund Raising / Grant Writing / Major Gifts
Governance Comments by Organization
Our Board is dedicated and passionate about Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies, Inc., our Mission and Goals.  They attend board and committee meetings, participate meaningfully and all donate monetary and in-kind without being asked.  In my past as a hospital administrator I have worked with many boards, this one rivals all.
Jeff Mitchell Ph.D.
Chairman of the Board, Executive Director and Founder.
Current Year Projections
Tax Year Start Month Jan
Tax Year Start Day 01
Tax Year Begins 2018
Tax Year End Month Dec
Tax Year End Day 31
Tax Year Ends 2018
Projected Revenue $319,048.00
Projected Expenses $301,466.00
Total Projected Revenue includes "in-kind" contributions/ donations Yes
Organization has Endowment No
Capital Campaign
Currently In a Capital Campaign Yes
Anticipate Campaign within 5 years? Yes
Campaign Purpose Raise funds beyond FY 2017 needs to ensure funding for growth and program development.
Campaign Goal $100,000.00
Campaign Dates Jan 2016 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised To Date 11255 as of Dec 2016
IRS Form 990s
Audit/Financial Documents
Financial Review
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201620152014
Program Expense$172,214$289,161$40,520
Administration Expense$0$0$0
Fundraising Expense$0$0$0
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.041.031.37
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%100%100%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201620152014
Total Assets$80,131$72,849$63,727
Current Assets$38,421$57,969$48,847
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$0$0$370
Total Net Assets$80,131$72,849$63,357
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201620152014
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions, gifts, grants $253,834Contributions, gifts, grants $353,318Contributions, gifts, grants $331,077
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount0 $00 $00 $0
CEO/Executive Director Compensation
Tax Credits No
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities----132.02
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201620152014
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Financials Comments
Financial Comments by Organization
Challenges are to gain funding to take our organization to $100,000.00 in monitory donations per year and provide for 1,500 children who are homeless and/or living in food deprived households.
Among our opportunities includes media coverage to bring awareness to the volume, plight and problems associated with childhood hunger.  According to the FDA, 18.7% of all children ages 5 to 12 living in Florida fall into Food Deprived category.  Manatee County has 45,000 in elementary school which implies over 8,000.  Our program has just scratched the surface.  We need assistance as no child should go hungry.  Awareness though a challenge is also an opportunity to bring information of our program and what we are doing about it to a large population of people who may well assist with donations. 
While we do not have an outside audit at this time, our 990 is prepared by an outside CPA firm who will, in the future also do audits.
Jeff Mitchell Executive Director and Board Chair
Financial Comments by Foundation Financial information taken from Federal 990-EZ.  Contributions include foundation and corporate support.
Nonprofit Elks Feeding Empty Little Tummies Inc.
Address 2511 75TH ST W
BRADENTON, FL 34209 5306
Phone 941 792-1511