Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen
PO Box 1478
New Haven CT 06506-1478
Contact Information
Address PO Box 1478
New Haven, CT 06506-1478
Telephone (203) 624-6426 x
Fax 203-624-2116
E-mail exdirectordesk@gmail.com
Web and Social Media
Mission

The mission of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) is to provide free, nutritious meals for homeless individuals and families, and the working and non-working poor of the greater New Haven area. To this end, DESK provides daily hot evening meals, bag lunches, weekly food pantry bags, and an emergency food bank for people in crisis. DESK also has a Pet Food Pantry and a biweekly Food Supplement program for seniors.  All of DESK's services are free.

At A Glance
Year of Incorporation 1989
Organization's type of tax exempt status Public Supported Charity
Organization received a competitive grant from the community foundation in the past five years Yes
Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Diana Marie Richter Ph.D.
Board Chair Tammy Ann George
Board Chair Company Affiliation Yale University
Financial Summary
 
Projected Revenue $255,000.00
Projected Expenses $245,000.00
Statements
Mission

The mission of the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) is to provide free, nutritious meals for homeless individuals and families, and the working and non-working poor of the greater New Haven area. To this end, DESK provides daily hot evening meals, bag lunches, weekly food pantry bags, and an emergency food bank for people in crisis. DESK also has a Pet Food Pantry and a biweekly Food Supplement program for seniors.  All of DESK's services are free.

Background

For over 25 years, The Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen (DESK) has consistently served the community. In 1987, DESK began serving evening meals three nights per week, one night at each of the three churches on the New Haven Green: Trinity, The First Church of Christ (Center Church) & The United Church. A few months later a fourth night was added at the nearby Young Israel House (Yale’s Kosher Kitchen). In 1989, DESK expanded to a fifth night at the First and Summerfield United Methodist Church bordering the Green.

In 1990, Yale students began helping DESK at Friday meals during the academic year. In 1992, DESK expanded to a seventh night by adopting the Saturday Evening Soup Kitchen, which is currently being hosted by St. Paul’s/St. James Episcopal Church. In 1995, the Sunday Kosher Kitchen moved into the new Slifka Center for Jewish Life on Wall Street, with help from Yale students, Hillel, Young Israel, & local synagogues.

In 2004, DESK added the weekly Food Pantry & daily bag lunches for the working poor & school age children to provide for the growing number of working individuals & families in need of food.

In the spring of 2005, DESK faced growing decreased financial & human resources & closed the Friday night meal during summers & the Saturday meal indefinitely.

In 2006 DESK centralized all of its operations to 311 Temple Street. Centralizing the kitchen, dinning hall, food pantry & bag lunch programs enabled DESK to serve more food with less stress & expense.
 
In 2008, DESK now provides services 5 days a week,  Friday meals are provided by Yale Hunger Heroes, an undergraduate Yale organization specifically created to administer Friday meals during the academic year & to support DESK in numerous other tasks & fund raisers.

DESK began going “Green” in 2008 & continues this agenda by recycling all recyclable items & implementing the Dishwasher Project to go from Styrofoam plates & cups to reusable trays & cups. DESK renovated its pantry in the spring of 2009. We replaced old wooden shelves with high-grade metal shelving, replacing & repairing electrical wires & adding a new 2-door freezer. Also in the spring of 2009, DESK began helping to support a sustainable garden through St. Martins De Porres Academy, New Haven Land Trust & the Yale Sustainable Food Project. 
 
In June 2009 DESK opened Thunder’s Pantry for Pet Food. Free Dog & Cat food will be available during the weekly pantry program for those who need it.
 
In 2010 DESK initiated its Blanches Buddies program. This program is a biweekly food supplement program for seniors. Also in 2010, DESK reinstated the Saturday evening meal staffed by Yale Hunger Heroes. DESK now serves free meals 7 days a week.
In 2012,DESK celebrated 25 years of serving the Greater New Haven Community. DESK serves an evening meal 7 days a week,
provides daily bag lunches, bi-weekly senior supplement food bags and provides a weekly food pantry & pet food pantry.
 
And already in 2015 we have seen more working people and families using our food services. 

For over 25 years DESK has consistently provided free food & volunteer programs to citizens of the New Haven Community. DESK‘s great community value is in its consistency of direct service. Our plans are to continue DESK’s entire direct service program for years to come. The needy in New Haven have increased & we are serving increasing numbers of meals, bag lunches, food bags & emergency food.
Impact
DESK's top accomplishments have been:  

2004, DESK added a weekly Food Pantry and daily bag lunches for the working poor & school age children to provide supplemental food for the growing number of working individuals & families in need of food.   

2005, DESK Friday evening meals were added and staffed by Yale Hunger Heroes, an undergraduate Yale organization specifically created to administer Friday meals during the academic year .

2006, DESK food pantry started providing pantry food bags weekly.

2007, DESK renovated its kitchen to a commercial kitchen at 311 Temple Street.  DESK expanded its kitchen equipment to include a steamer, convection oven & commercial refrigerators.

2008, DESK centralized all of its operations.  Centralizing the kitchen, dining hall, food pantry and bag lunch programs enabled DESK to serve more food variety with less stress & expense.

DESK began going “Green” in 2008 by recycling all recyclable items.

2009, DESK continued going “green” by refurbishing its commercial dishwasher and substituting Styrofoam plates & cups to washable & reusable trays & cups for evening meals.                  

DESK renovated it’s pantry in 2009.

June 2009, DESK opened Thunder’s Pantry, a weekly pet food pantry program.

2010, DESK started a bi-weekly Senior Program, to supplement DESK senior guests with specific nutritionally designed food bags.  DESK Saturday evening meals were added and staffed by Yale Hunger Heroes and Yale K2K rescued food from Monday-Thursday for DESK.

2011-2013, DESK served an evening meal 7 days a week, provides daily bag lunches, bi-weekly senior supplement food bags and provides a weekly food pantry & pet food pantry.

2014- DESK served record breaking numbers: serving over 138,003 evening meals, provided over 66,094 pantry food bags & 24,600 bag lunches

2015-Promises to be another record breaking year for service and number of meals provided.

Needs
DESK's top needs are:
  1. General Operations funding.
  2. Basic food funding:  Meat, Dairy and Produce.
  3. Facilities Maintenance funding.
  4. Personnel Costs
CEO Statement
The Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen’s staff consists of an Executive Director, Director of Operations, and Assistant Operations/Evening Coordinator. DESK has a very active Board of Directors which reflects the diversity of our Greater New Haven community. DESK utilizes over 400 volunteers a month. Our volunteer and community service base is also active and consists of every segment within our community.
 
DESK depends heavily on donor appeals and community fundraisers for a majority of its active funding throughout the year.  The fundraisers not only provide a source of revenue but are a great way to advertise the agency throughout the community.
Board Chair Statement
I chose to become involved with the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen in 2005 because this praiseworthy organization maintains compassion, sustainability, cleanliness, efficiency, satisfaction, and humanity as it serves the food-insecure throughout Greater New Haven. I am proud of everything our organization undertakes, from procuring supplies to clearing tables.

We make lasting connections with our guests as we provide them delicious, nutritious, and cost-effective meals, homemade in our kitchen by our Director of Operations. And we form equally strong bonds with our many volunteers and supporters as we both expose them firsthand to our operations and continually recognize their indispensable contributions. Appreciation of our efforts manifests itself in smiles and gracious words from both sides of the serving line.

Of course, constancy is a challenge for any small nonprofit: when the economy falters or realities “on the ground” change, we at the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen must innovate to remain viable and relevant even while we strive to uphold our unchanging mission. This perennial challenge we have met for over 20 years and will continue to meet because we are an integral and organic part of our community. We understand that our role is to enable the Greater New Haven community itself to sustain its members in need; therefore, the Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen daily brings together in a safe and warm environment people from different segments of society. The vast majority of our guests and volunteers are each one surely as thankful as I am to be even a single player in this rich and diverse interaction.

The Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen relies on supporters such as yourself—whether near or far—to fulfill a most-basic human need thousands upon thousands of times each year. Upon us, in turn, hundreds of individuals rely for sustenance. Thank you, then, for your tax-deductible contributions—they ensure that the effective aid our organization provides will remain a regular, reliable fixture in our community.
Service Categories
Primary Organization Category Human Services / Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash)
Secondary Organization Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition / Soup Kitchens
Tertiary Organization Category Public & Societal Benefit / Public & Societal Benefit NEC
Areas Served
Ansonia
Bethany
Branford
Cheshire
Derby
East Haven
Guilford
Hamden
Milford
New Haven
North Branford
North Haven
Orange
Oxford
Seymour
Shelton
Shoreline
Wallingford
West Haven
Woodbridge
The people DESK serves include the homeless, working poor and underprivileged citizens and families of the greater New Haven area. DESK serves individuals from all geographic areas of New Haven and some surrounding towns. True representation by neighborhood at free daily evening meals is problematic due to the nature of the clientele and operations. 2008 records from the DESK Food Pantry & Bag Lunch programs suggest the following percentages: 30% Newhallville, 30% Fairhaven, 20% Dwight, 10% Hill, 7% West Rock and 3% other surrounding areas.
Programs
Description 1.   Daily free hot Evening Meals: These are served consistently 7 days a week.

2.   Daily free Bag Lunches for the working poor & school age kids: These are distributed nightly at the evening meals.  

Population Served Homeless / Poor,Economically Disadvantaged,Indigent / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
DESK's program short term success is in it's ability to increase it's supply with demand.  DESK offers free daily food to the food insecure of greater New Haven through a vairety of food programs.  These programs have grown as the need has grown.  New programs have been implemented as the need increases with the target population.  DESK resucues food from various sources this alone is a great short term success. This recued food provides an almost endless variety & amount for DESK to provide to it's guests on a daily basis.  This rescued food not only provides variety and good nutitional benefits but gives the DESK guests a slice of normal in their crazy worlds.  Having a variety of food gives guests a sense of power through choice and they feel special in being able to select favorite foods.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

The ultimate change or long term success that results from these food programs is that the food insecure of greater New Haven can receive basic food in a consistent, safe and nutritious manner.  DESK has taken great care to capacity build in operations throughout the last few years.  DESK has renovated the food pantry providing commercial refrigerators, freezers and stainless steal shelving that has directly helped to provide for the increase of food needed, it has increased the variety of food and delivery times.  In addition, DESK has invested in staffs that are Chefs and have experience preparing foods for large numbers.  These Chefs have also brought more variety & nutrition to all DESK's meals. In addition, DESK has partnered with many community partners that have been crucial in a variety of DESK operational & funding needs. Sustainability has also been a long term success for DESK. DESK has been recycling all recyclables since 2008. Operations also went from stryo foam plates & cups to reusable trays & cups that are washed daily. This certainly has been a long term success. But by far the greatest long term success for DESK is it's 25 year record of consistency of service and ability to use it's resources to inrease services as needed.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

DESK documents and monitors its programs with the following measures:  # of daily evening meals,  # of daily bag lunches,  # of people served, demographics of people served, % increase of daily evening meals served, % increase daily bag lunches,  #volunteer /community service participation, increase & diversity of funding sources, donor data:  # and type of donor #/% of new donors, % of donors that increase donations over time.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.

DESK Food Programs

2003

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

# Evening meals served

23,142

30,218

44,406

49,671

78,016

100,660

101,963

 Pantry food bags

2,324

4,405

5,787

10,475

24,710

24,199

56,392

 

# Bag lunches

4,366

6,102

6,280

5,872

6,800

8,700

11,980

Description

1.   Weekly free Food Pantry: Weekly, Wednesdays from 2-4pm, bags of food are distributed to individuals and families. 

2.   Emergency Food Bank: Distribution of emergency food as needed, dependent on supply and demand.

3.   Senior Food Program: Free bi-weekly extra & tailored food bags for seniors to help supplement regular daily meals.

Population Served At-Risk Populations / Unemployed, Underemployed, Dislocated / General/Unspecified
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
DESK's program short term success is in it's ability to increase it's supply with demand.  DESK offers free daily food to the food insecure of greater New Haven through a vairety of food programs.  These programs have grown as the need has grown.  New programs have been implemented as the need increases with the target population. The Senior Program is an example of this. DESK rescues food from various sources this alone is a great short term success. This rescued food provides an almost endless variety & amount for DESK to provide to it's guests.  This rescued food not only provides variety and good nutritional benefits but gives the DESK guests a slice of normal in their crazy worlds.  Having a variety of food gives guests a sense of power through choice and they feel special in being able to select favorite foods.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.

The ultimate change or long term success that results from these food programs is that the food insecure of greater New Haven can receive basic food in a consistent, safe and nutritious manner.  DESK has taken great care to capacity build in operations throughout the last few years.  DESK has renovated the kitchen providing commercial refrigerators, freezers, steamer, convection oven, gas oven and are furbished dishwasher that have directly helped to provide for the increase of food needed, it has increased the variety of food and delivery times.  In addition, DESK has invested in staffs that are Chefs and have experience preparing foods for large numbers.  These Chefs have also brought more variety & nutrition to all DESK's meals. In addition, DESK has partnered with many community partners that have been crucial in a variety of DESK operational & funding needs. Sustainability has also been a long term success for DESK. DESK has been recycling all recyclables since 2008. Operations also went from stryo foam plates & cups to reusable trays & cups that are washed daily.  But by far the greatest long term success for DESK is it's 25 year record of consistency of service and ability to use it's resources to increase it's programs as needed.

Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

DESK documents and monitors its programs with the following measures:  # of weekly food bags, # of people served, demographics of people served,  % increase weekly food bags,  #volunteer /community service participation, increase & diversity of funding sources, donor data:  # and type of donor #/% of new donors, % of donors that increase donations over time.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.  

Food Totals Served by DESK 2003-2010

DESK Food Programs

2004

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

# Evening meals served

30,218

44,406

49,671

78,016

100,660

101,963

104,008

# Pantry food bags

4,405

5,787

10,475

24,710

24,199

56,392

 

58,522

# Bag lunches

6,102

6,280

5,872

6,800

8,700

11,980

14,760

 

Description 1. Free Pet Food Pantry: Weekly free pet food pantry for DESK’s guests.  This pantry operates at no cost to DESK. All pet food items are donated from private & corporate sources.
Population Served At-Risk Populations / General/Unspecified / Elderly and/or Disabled
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
This DESK program's short term success is in it's ability to increase it's supply with demand.  DESK offers free pet food to those that come to the weekly food pantry.  These programs have grown as the need has grown.  This new program hs been implemented as the need increased with the target population.  DESK resucues pet food from various sources this alone is a great short term success. This recued food provides an almost endless variety & amount for DESK to provide to it's guest's pets.  Having a variety of food gives guests a sense of power through choice and they feel special in being able to select favorite foods.  This new DESK program gives dignity back to many of our guests, while keeping pets from local animal shelters.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The long term success for this program is still in the making.  This weekly program began in the summer of 2009.  Many of DESK's pantry guests were asking for tuna fish & spam to feed their pets. DESK researched the idea of providing a pet food pantry to DESK guests. It would cost DESK nothing to deliver pet food to its guests.  The pet food is donated from a variety of sources.  DESK hopes that by providing pet food at weekly food pantry guests will be able to keep their pet companions instead of turning them to the streets or giving them up to anuimal shelters.  For our guests losing almost everything in their life is very real, to keep their pets can be a life saver for some.  In addition, this food program gives the guests who use them a feeling of independence, in that they can come to DESK and not only help to feed themselves but also their pets.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

DESK documents and monitors its programs with the following measures:  # of weekly pet food items, # of people served, demographics of people served,  % increase pet food items, #volunteer /community service participation, increase & diversity of funding sources, donor data:  # and type of donor #/% of new donors, % of donors that increase donations over time.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
The success of the program is in the weekly amount of people served and pet items distributed.  This program has been recording amounts in pounds. So far DESK averages about 500 pounds of pet food per month.
Thunder's Pet Food Pantry, as one guest said,"Has saved my kitty, without DESK's help I was soon to give her up".  This testimony while brief is repeated every week as more and more people come to the DESK Food Pantry and realize they can help their pets!
Description
1. Volunteer Programs: DESK provides a variety of volunteer options: 
      Court appointed community service. 
      Yale Hunger Heroes. 
      Community service for organizations and individuals.
         
Population Served General/Unspecified / General/Unspecified /
Program is linked to organization’s mission and strategy Yes
Short Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe near term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. This may represent immediate outcomes occurring as a result of the end of a session or service.
The short term success of the DESK volunteer program are in the immediate and daily function volunteers play in DESK life.  With only 3 staff, volunteers pick up the slack in a variety of daily periperal activities at DESK. 
The securing of human resources through volunteer participation and community service opportunities helps DESK provide a variety of peripheral activities that facilitate the overall operations. These activities include; shopping and securing food, food preparation, food storage and stocking, food service, volunteer scheduling and venue maintenance. All of these specific daily activities enable DESK to operate the weekly Food Pantry and emergency food assistance, serve daily hot evening meals and bag lunches for the working poor and school age children.  DESK averages over 400 volunteers per month.
In addition, the volunteer variety of options at DESK give people the opportunity to volunteer in a safe, clean & professional space weekly.  It is exteremely important that the public have opportunities for community srervice.  Court appointed community service is also an option DESK provides in a documented & supervised setting.  DESK provides these opportunities to individuals or groups.
Long Term SuccessHelpOrganizations describe the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future and represent an ideal state.
The long term success of an effect consistent volunteer program is three fold:1. It provides DESK with needed help & support in a myriad of daily tasks. 2.  It provides the public with opportunities for community volunteerism and 3.  It is a ready made positive experience that translates into donations and dedicated donors.  DESK has realized that if it provides its volunteers with a great experience they often do 2 things: regularly volunteer and donate.  For years @ DESK the volunteer experience has been a long term success for financial support in the forms of individual, religious and corporate donations.  When donors are invested they tend to donate, donate more & more often.  This has been a great long term success for DESK.  Providing a great volunteer experience ensures consistent and long term donations.
Program Success Monitored ByHelpOrganizations describe the tools used to measure or track program impact.

Program success for volunteers is monitore by participation.  DESK avergages 400 volunteers per month.  These volunteers provide DESK with a variety of neccessary tasks.  DESK documents and monitors its programs with the following measures:  # of daily volunteers,  # of daily community service volunteers, # of daily court appointed community service volunteers,  demographics of volunteers, % increase of daily volunteers, % increase community service volunteers,  % increase court appointed community service volunteers, % increase & diversity of volunteer sources and daily record of all volunteers.

Examples of Program SuccessHelpOrganization's site specific examples of changes in clients' behaviors or testimonies of client's changes to demonstrate program success.
The best example of the volunteer program success is the increased numbers of active volunteers daily at DESK and the increased involvement of corporations in active volunteering for DESK and out of house fund raising for DESK. DESK provides a unique experience for most corporations  They can actively volunteer at DESK and they can fundraise for DESK, completing the circle of "seeing where your money goes".  This combination has been very successful for DESK.  Many corporations are choosing this form of help & support for DESK.  Clearly there is a direct correalation between volunteers and donors.  And the better the experience, which for many is repeated, enhances & gives consistency to their giving to DESK.
Program Comments
CEO Comments
Program Budget Note:  DESK does not prepare separate budgets for each program.  DESK has one budget for all food programs.  Therefore, no amounts were submitted for program budgets.
In 2011 we served 117,250 evening meals, provided over 61,020 pantry food bags & over 18,160 bag lunches.  Black & white men make up our largest population on a daily basis. All of these DESK programs and services have been ongoing over the past 20 years (except for the bag lunch program, which started in 2005) and are accessible for free to any individual or family in need. And as we look at the ever-changing face of hunger in New Haven, DESK is beginning to see more and more working poor and children & women both at our Evening Meals and at our weekly Food Pantry. DESK continues to see an increase in children at its evening meals.
 
CHILDREN AT DESK
In  2012, DESK continues to experience increases in all its food service programs. The increase in children and whole families is staggering. In 2005, the families of over 4,000 children (age 18 and under) were served by DESK’s weekly Food Pantry program. This number grew to 9,331 in 2007. The Food Pantry is the biggest growing DESK food service program which directly benefits disadvantaged children & their families.  From 2004 until the present the totals of children served by DESK monthly have increased drastically. The 2011 children totals continue to be the highest for DESK evening meals in DESK history.  In 2013 we are seeing more & more working poor & families utilizing DESK's food services.
CEO/Executive Director
Diana Marie Richter Ph.D.
Term Start Nov 2003
Email exdirectordesk@gmail.com
Experience
H.S. Diploma
B.S. Degree- Health & Physical Ed.
M.S. Degree- Sport Studies
Ph.D.- Sport Sociology/Sociological theory
30 years educator
20 years Div. I athletic Coach
Mental Health Case Manager
DOC CT Case Manager
Staff
Number of Full Time Staff 3
Number of Part Time Staff 1
Number of Volunteers 400
Number of Contract Staff 2
Staff Retention Rate 100%
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 2
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 1
Other 0 0
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 0
Female 3
Unspecified 0
Senior Staff
Title Director of Operations
Title Evening Coordinator
Formal Evaluations
CEO Formal Evaluation Yes
CEO/Executive Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Yes
Senior Management Formal Evaluation Frequency Annually
Non Management Formal Evaluation N/A
Non Management Formal Evaluation Frequency N/A
Collaborations

Crucial Partnerships-Community Foundation for Greater New Haven, United Way of Greater New Haven, Jewish Federation of New Haven, Farid Foundation, NewAlliance Foundation, Yale Dining Services, CT. Food Bank, Emergency Food Council, New Haven County Bar Association, New Haven County Bar Foundation, Connecticut Bar Association -Young Lawyers Section,Yale Hunger & Homeless Action Project, Yale Nursing School, Yale Farm, City of New Haven Food Policy Council, ICM, Peoples United Bank, Citizens Bank, Wells Fargo Bank, Center Church on the Green, Trinity Church, United Church on the Green,   LCI-City of New Haven Joseph A. Silfka Center for Jewish Life at Yale, Omni Hotel, BJ’s, Olive Garden-North Haven, Red Lobster-North Haven,Target- North Haven, Pepperidge Farms, Blue State Coffee, Chabaso Bakery, South Central Regional Water, The New Haven County Bar Association, The Elks, Lodge #25, Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce, Peoples Bank, Common Ground School, Foote School, Hamden Hall, New Haven Korean Church, Temple Beth Shalom, The Graduate Club, Common Ground School, St. Marten DePorres Academy, Sound School, CitySeed: City Market, Massaro Farms, Starbuck's, Subway, Stop & Shop-East Haven, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Lodge #25, Imperial Sovereign Court of All of CT. and City of New Haven.

 

Affiliations
AffiliationYear
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce2003
United Way of Greater New Haven1989
Comments
CEO Comments
The Downtown Evening Soup Kitchen is a community based organization and through the active collaborations with other community service agencies has ability to offer many community service options to a wide range of citizens, which in turn fulfill many of DESK’s daily tasks. DESK collaborates with the numerous community partnerships on a variety of projects including fundraising and direct service to the community.
DESK undertakes numerous activities to accomplish the program objectives by securing varied resources. Securing financial assistance through donations, fund raisers and grants provides DESK with a stable financial base. The securing of human resources through volunteer participation and community service opportunities helps DESK provide a variety of peripheral activities that facilitate the overall operations.
Funding resources for general operations is often had to secure. General operations encompass numerous activities that keep DESK providing free consistent daily & weekly nutritious food to meet the increased demand. The impact of this outcome is enormous since many disadvantaged families with children depend on DESK to help supplement their meals or provide food on a daily and weekly basis. DESK’s food service programs have accomplished this desired outcome for 25 years successfully, and plan to continue as long as there is need n the greater New Haven Community.
 
Board Chair
Tammy Ann George
Company Affiliation Yale University
Term Sept 2010 to July 2015
Email tammyanngeorge@yahoo.com
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Shawn Bodey Yale University
Linda A. Carbone Director of Operations
Margaret Coons Ms.Yale University
Liz M. Cox Common Ground high School
Ruth Hanna Yale
Cynthia Mc Carroll USPS
Scot McLean Quinnpiac University
Sandra Olsen Rev. Ph.D.Center Church on the Green
Diana M. Richter Ph.D.Executive Director
David Roberts Community Volunteer
Matt Sant-Miller Yale
Daniel Ullman Yale University
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 1 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 5
Female 7
Unspecified 1
Governance
Board Term Lengths 0
Board Term Limits 0
Written Board Selection Criteria Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 1%
Constituency Includes Client Representation Yes
Board Co-Chair
Lisanne Cox
Company Affiliation Common Ground High School
Term Aug 2010 to July 2015
Email lcoxdgib@sprynet.com
Standing Committees
Executive
By-laws
Personnel
Board Development / Board Orientation
Additional Board/s Members and Affiliations
NameAffiliation
Juiia Prest Ph.D.Emeritus
CEO Comments
Additional search keywords might include DESK events:
Annual Ride To End Hunger: www.ridetoendhunger.com
Soup Night: Annual DESK volunteer recognition event
Hips against Hunger: Annual event sponsored by Yale Belly Dance Society.
Bingham Awards:  Annual awards to Yale students volunteering for DESK.
Annual Letter Appeal: every November-December
Summer Letter Appeal: every June-August
 
 
Financials
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2015
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2015
Projected Revenue $255,000.00
Projected Expenses $245,000.00
Spending Policy N/A
Documents
Form 990s
Form 9902013
Form 9902012
Form 9902011
Form 9902010
Form 9902009
990 20082008
Form 9902007
Audit Documents
Audit072007
DESK062006
IRS Letter of Exemption
IRS Letter
Detailed Financials
Prior Three Years Revenue Sources ChartHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201320122011
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$184,188$209,327$194,316
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal------
State------
Local------
Unspecified------
Individual Contributions------
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Investment Income, Net of Losses$191$1,016$269
Membership Dues------
Special Events--$30,545$33,771
Revenue In-Kind------
Other$3,909$2,961$7,068
Prior Three Years Expense Allocations Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Program Expense$227,783$175,662$157,554
Administration Expense$1,900$32,403$30,016
Fundraising Expense--$11,857$11,308
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.821.111.18
Program Expense/Total Expenses99%80%79%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%5%5%
Prior Three Years Assets and Liabilities Chart
Fiscal Year201320122011
Total Assets$115,552$156,896$132,969
Current Assets$102,125$142,270$114,866
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$51----
Total Net Assets$115,501$156,896$132,969
Prior Three Years Top Three Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201320122011
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountThe Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $30,000The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven $25,000City of New Haven $20,000
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountUnited Way of Greater New Haven $22,333City of New Haven $20,000New Alliance Foundation $10,000
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCity of New Haven $20,000United Way of Greater New Haven $15,100United Way of Greater New Haven $5,000
Solvency
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities2002.45----
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201320122011
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Capitial Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
CEO Comments
Securing financial assistance through donations, fund raisers and grants provides DESK with a stable financial base. Specifically, DESK received major grants in 2010 from, Trinity Church Outreach Grant, NewAlliance Foundation, Yale Hunger Homeless Action Project, Center Church, LCI-City of New Haven and the Connemara Fund. In addition, DESK has annual fundraisers which include; Soup Night, Ride To End Hunger, Dine to End Hunger, Cook & Care Walk-a-thon, Comedy Night and Hips for Hunger. Individual, corporate and religious donations also comprise a large part of DESK’s income base.
Foundation Staff Comments

This profile, including the financial summaries prepared and submitted by the organization based on its own independent and/or internal audit processes and regulatory submissions, has been read by the Foundation. Financial information is inputted by Foundation staff directly from the organization’s IRS Form 990, audited financial statements or other financial documents approved by the nonprofit’s board. The Foundation has not audited the organization’s financial statements or tax filings, and makes no representations or warranties thereon. The Community Foundation is continuing to receive information submitted by the organization and may periodically update the organization’s profile to reflect the most current financial and other information available. The organization has completed the fields required by The Community Foundation and updated their profile in the last year. To see if the organization has received a competitive grant from The Community Foundation in the last five years, please go to the General Information Tab of the profile.

 

Address PO Box 1478
New Haven, CT 065061478
Primary Phone 203 624-6426
Contact Email exdirectordesk@gmail.com
CEO/Executive Director Diana Marie Richter Ph.D.
Board Chair Tammy Ann George
Board Chair Company Affiliation Yale University

 

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