Box Elder Community Pantry (Brigham City, UT)

Name

  • Name:Linda Hansen
  • Title:Executive Director

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Box Elder Community Pantry
  • Address:272 North 200 West
    Brigham City, UT 84302
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:(435)723-1449
  • Main fax:(435)723-5262

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General

  • Mission:
  • At Box Elder Community Pantry we are "Neighbors Helping Neighbors" ensuring that no on in Box Elder County goes hungry.

  • Overview:
  • At the Box Elder Community Pantry we have developed partnerships with several local organizations, in addition to our partnerships with the Utah Food Bank and United Way, in order to broaden our reach. The majority of our resources are provided by our community. We believe that the best strategy for providing food assistance to those in need is to develop strong relationships with local businesses, individuals, and organizations.

    To develop our partnerships with businesses and individuals, we have developed two programs: Grocery Rescue and Neighbors Helping Neighbors. Our Grocery Rescue program is a partnership with local grocery stores which allows us to collect food from them that would otherwise be thrown out. This includes food that is close to its sell-by date and excess fresh produce. Each year, we receive over 500,000 pounds of food through this program, leveraging what would otherwise be food waste into a vital tool to alleviate hunger in Box Elder County.

    Neighbors Helping Neighbors is our largest program and was founded with the basis of utilizing members of our community to help those in the community who are struggling.

    Our partnership with the New Hope Crisis Center helps victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse. These victims are often homeless due to their circumstances and after the New Hope Crisis Center places them in a new home, we provide enough food to feed them and their family for 10-14 days. Additionally, our SNAP Benefits Specialist educates them on and helps them obtain SNAP benefits (food stamps).

    In order to directly reach the children and elderly who are in need, we have partnered with the Boys and Girls Club of Northern Utah and the Senior Center’s Meals on Wheels, respectively. We have partnered with the Boys and Girls Club to provide healthy food for their backpack program, which ensures that children go home with nutritious meals for the weekend. Our partnership with the Meals on Wheels program allows us to provide excess food to those in need who may not be able to reach our Pantry.

    We continue to seek partnerships with other local community organizations to better serve those in need. We are extremely grateful for the partnerships we currently have and endeavor to keep them strong.

    We target the population of Box Elder County, estimated by the Census Bureau to be 50,794 in 2014. Our population is spread throughout our rural county with an estimated population density of 9 people per square mile. The largest city, Brigham City, has a population of 18,149 and two smaller cities, Tremonton and Garland, have a combined population of 10,150. 44% of the residents in our county are spread over small communities, townships, ranches, and farms.

    Currently, the Department of Workforce Services places the unemployment rate in Box Elder County at 4.6%—higher than Utah’s unemployment rate of 4.3%. In 2007, the unemployment rate was 2.7%. This increase can be traced back to 2008 and 2009 when the manufacturing industry in our community began laying off and reducing the hours of employees. The number of manufacturing jobs plummeted from over 8,000 to roughly 4,500. It has been slowly rising since January 2012, but there are still less than 5,000 jobs available.

    This affects our population greatly. In Box Elder County, 8.5% of the population is below poverty and 38% are below the threshold of 130% poverty. Our organization serves those who are at or below the threshold of 150% poverty.

    These economic factors have contributed to food insecurity in our county and as one of only three food pantries, we can see the impact and importance of our efforts. According to the most recent study by Feeding America, Box Elder County has a 13.9% food insecurity rate. This accounts for 6,930 individuals in our county, of which 3,160 are children. The impact of food insecurity and hunger is visible in both children and adults. Children suffer behavioral issues, including anxiety and aggression; an increased likelihood of hospitalization; and decreased educational development when compared to their food secure peers. Adults suffer similar negative effects, including a range of chronic cardiovascular illnesses; higher levels of aggression and anxiety; and lower scores on physical and mental health exams.

    The need in our community is significant and though our community donates roughly $44,500 to our organization each year, it is not enough to meet the expenses that come with operating in a safe and consistent manner. We are sincerely thankful for the donations and support of foundations year after year.

  • History:
  • The Box Elder Community Pantry, located in Brigham City, began in 1960 through a partnership with Church Women United and the local county commissioners with the goal of feeding the needy people in Box Elder County. At that time, food for the Pantry was provided by the welfare department and other government programs. However, as the needs of Box Elder County grew, the founders of the pantry recognized that a more permanent resource was needed. In 1969, the community was enlisted to help fill the pantry with food that could be distributed and the Box Elder Community Pantry was officially born. In 1979, we became an official non-profit partner of United Way of Northern Utah and in 1991, we received our IRS 501(c)(3) status.

    As the needs and the generosity of the community grew, so did our need to store and distribute food safely. In 1999, we moved to our current building and have expanded and developed it into the 5,500 square foot facility we have today. This building houses our warehouse, a clean room to sort and re-package bulk foods for distribution, two walk-in fridges, two walk-in freezers, and the store that clients walk through with a volunteer to pick out their food.

    Since 1969, the local community has supplied the Pantry with food and volunteered time that has allowed our organization to flourish. Our mission is simple: “to provide food relief to needy residents and transients through times of emergency or low income without discrimination.” But achieving our mission is a complex community effort that involves individuals, local businesses and churches, grocery stores, and foundations. However, the payoff is great. In 2014, with the help of 6,768 volunteer hours, we were able to distribute 1,080,251 pounds of food to those in need.

  • Year established:1969
  • Endowment:Unknown

Staff

  • Executive / Trustee board size:10
  • Advisory board size:3
  • Staff size:6

Registration

  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • Tax ID:87-0479528

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IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:870479528
  • Organization Name:BOX ELDER COMMUNITY PANTRY
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% CHRIS BOLIEAU
  • Organization Address:PO BOX 22
  • Organization City:BRIGHAM CITY
  • Organization State:UT
  • Organization Zip:84302-0022
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:February, 1991
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):408
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):Community service organization
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:December, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:December
  • NTEE Code:
  • Asset Amount:$831,675
  • Asset Code:5 ($500,000 - $999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,728,019
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,728,019
  • Last Updated:2/25/2018 7:22:34 pm

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