GOLDEN EMPIRE GLEANERS
1326 30th Street
Unit A
Bakersfield CA 93301-2412
Contact Information
Address 1326 30th Street
Unit A
Bakersfield, CA 933012412
Telephone (661) 324-2767
Fax 661 324-2784
E-mail info@goldenempiregleaners.com
At A Glance
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
Community Foundation staff conducted a site visit? Yes
Other ways to donate, support, or volunteer
Mail a check, give a credit card donation over the phone, call to arrange in-kind donations of food, business products or services, or make an electronic donation through our website, or this site.
 
Also accept volunteers of all types for warehouse operations, office help, drivers, cooks, buildings and grounds maintenance, special events. 
Year of Incorporation 1986
Financial Summary
 
 
Projected Revenue $330,000.00
Projected Expenses $389,000.00
Projected Annual Revenue $330,000.00 (2013)
Programs
Description  Serves over 100 churches, missions and shelters.
Budget 25593
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served , ,
Short Term Success Short term success is to continue to serve nearly 200,000 people per year by distributing 2 million pounds of food while staying within our budget.
Long term Success Our goal is simply to be able to respond to our neighbors in need.  We would like to be able to accomodate all those who seek our help but occasionally we have to limit the orders we take due to insufficient volunteer force or food supply.  Ideally we'd like to increase the number  of people we serve while maintaining the quantity and quality of food given to each client.
Program Success Monitored By Annually we track number of people served, pounds of food distributed, cost to distribute 1 lb. of food, and percentage of budget spent directly on food programs.
Examples of Program Success Weekly we hear from our agency partners about the positive impact our services have on their constituents.  Quite often those that have been helped in the past return to donate or to volunteer because the compassion they were shown touched them and made a difference in their lives.  Hard to put numbers to this type of success but the anecdotal evidence is very gratifying and supports the intent of our mission.
Description Serves 30 after school and summer programs providing snacks for participating students.
Budget 1136
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Children and Youth (0 - 19 years), ,
Short Term Success Short term success for us is being able to meet the demand of those programs that solicit our help.  This requires adequate food supply as well as funding.  Those programs who are unable to pay any shared maintenance fees or have no program budget for snacks are provided for by designated grants or through general donations.  We are currently able to satisfy the demand for this program with both food and funding and it is our goal to maintain the level of service we now provide without cuts in quality or quantity.
Long term Success As a result of this program school children will be better able to focus and fully participate in after school activities and curriculum because they will have a healthy snack to carry them through their afternoons. 
Program Success Monitored By We measure number of children served and pounds of food distributed for purposes of evaluating the size of this program. 
Examples of Program Success The true measure of success is reported by our participating agencies through anecdotal reports.  Agencies such as Boys and Girls Club, Emerson Jr. High, Foothill High School, and several church run after school programs regularly convey their thanks for the snacks provided and share the difference this makes for children who are often facing a very long day when they are part of extended day programs.
Description Serves families of school children at over 115 participating schools.
Budget 42537.52
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Families, Adults, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years)
Short Term Success Short term success is to continue to serve nearly 200,000 people per year by distributing 2 million pounds of food while staying within our budget.
Long term Success Our goal is simply to be able to respond to our neighbors in need.  We would like to be able to accomodate all those who seek our help but occasionally we have to limit the orders we take due to insufficient volunteer force or food supply.  Ideally we'd like to increase the number  of people we serve while maintaining the quantity and quality of food given to each client.
Program Success Monitored By Annually we track number of people served, pounds of food distributed, cost to distribute 1 lb. of food, and percentage of budget spent directly on food programs.
Examples of Program Success
Weekly we hear from our agency partners about the positive impact our services have on their constituents.  Quite often those that have been helped in the past return to donate or to volunteer because the compassion they were shown touched them and made a difference in their lives.  Hard to put numbers to this type of success but the anecdotal evidence is very gratifying and supports the intent of our mission.
 
 
Description Serves over 70 government agencies and non-profit organizations that identify those in need of emergency food.
Budget 37852.16
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Families, Children and Youth (0 - 19 years),
Short Term Success --
Long term Success Our goal is simply to be able to respond to our neighbors in need.  We would like to be able to accomodate all those who seek our help but occasionally we have to limit the orders we take due to insufficient volunteer force or food supply.  Ideally we'd like to increase the number  of people we serve while maintaining the quantity and quality of food given to each client.
Program Success Monitored By Annually we track number of people served, pounds of food distributed, cost to distribute 1 lb. of food, and percentage of budget spent directly on food programs.
Examples of Program Success
Weekly we hear from our agency partners about the positive impact our services have on their constituents.  Quite often those that have been helped in the past return to donate or to volunteer because the compassion they were shown touched them and made a difference in their lives.  Hard to put numbers to this type of success but the anecdotal evidence is very gratifying and supports the intent of our mission.
 
 
Description Serves low-income seniors at 24 sites that include churches and community senior centers. 
Budget 75985.84
Category Food, Agriculture & Nutrition, General/Other Food Distribution
Population Served Aging, Elderly, Senior Citizens, Elderly and/or Disabled,
Short Term Success Short term success for us would be continuation of the level of service we are currently providing.  As government supported food programs have been cut in recent times it is even more crucial that we maintain all 24 sites and ensure that the quality and quantity of food provided remain stable.
Long term Success Perpetuation of this program which has sustained Kern Co. low income seniors for 25 years is our goal.  It is our hope that by providing free food assistance these seniors will free up more of their fixed incomes for housing and medical needs.  We also strive to provide seniors an opportunity to avoid isolation by participating in the social aspect of this program.
Program Success Monitored By We monitor success by the number of people served and the pounds of food distributed.  These numbers have held steady for the past few years and we are pleased that we've been able to accomodate new participants as needed.  We are also focused on providing as much fresh produce as possible and constantly work with the agricultural and grocery communities to maintain adequate donations of healthy food.
Examples of Program Success Our measurements show that we have maintained the number of clients served and amount of food provided but the best measure of success is from stories relayed to us by recipients and the volunteers at each distribution site.  Many seniors note the anticipation they feel knowing they will meet with friends twice per month, others share how many times these offerings have helped them through a particularly lean month.  Volunteers, many who are seniors themselves, remark on the sense of satisfaction they gain helping others and share the impact they've seen over time for some of their clients.
Statements
Mission Statement The mission of the Golden Empire Gleaners is to help alleviate hunger and provide food for needy persons of all ages. We accomplish this by collecting and distributing food and agricultural products that might otherwise go to waste. Through the help of our referring agencies, we are able to distribute food to needy children, senior citizens, families in crisis and people who are ill, disabled, homeless or unemployed, and others determined by the Board of Directors to be eligible.
Background Statement In February, 1985, a Bible study group reflected on the goodness The Lord had brought to their lives and the debt of gratitude they felt. They were inspired to do something in return. Their vision was to glean from local farmers and fields the estimated 300 million pounds food that could be distributed to the needy. A site was found and leaders stepped forward to purchase a warehouse. The Gleaners organization had quite miraculously become operational within six months of the Bible study group's humble idea.  From the beginning the Gleaners have sought to redirect usable food to churches, shelters, missions, and other non-profit groups who have identified people in need of assistance.  We remain as a largely volunteer driven, non governmental organization who make a big impact in alleviating hunger in Kern County.
Impact Statement The Gleaners have been serving the community for twenty seven years. Three staff members and hundreds of dedicated volunteers manage the day to day operations. Over 18,000 people per month receive food from the Gleaners. Last year alone they distributed 1.5 million pounds of food in Kern County through the following programs: Affiliated Agencies, After School Program, Food for Thought Program, Harvest Time Agencies, and Senior Sack Program.  Our goal is to continue to distribute varied, fresh, nutritious food to clients in need without cutting our level of service nor number of people served  nor quantity or quality of food.  In addition, we wish to remain debt free, independent of government support, and to increase the efficiency of our operations and the donated food supply so that we can increase distribution and serve even more people in need.
Needs Statement
  1. Volunteers- occasional warehouse workers as well as volunteers commited to regular shifts as truck drivers, shipping and receiving clerks, order takers, receptionists, office clerks, event committee members.
  2. Capital for replacement of truck(s) $30,000, refurbishment of warehouse and office windows
CEO/Executive Director Statement
What is distinctive about this organization is its simplicity.  For 28 years volunteers have worked together to execute a very basic idea.  By collecting and redistributing food that would otherwise go to waste for the benefit of those in need, millions have been helped over our history.  Our Board of Directors has made difficult decisions over the years: to keep our focus on food and not spread into other worthy pursuits; to remain debt free by paying for equipment and capital needs as we go; to remain independent of government support so that we are not subject to budget cuts or burdensome regulations; to resist having a large paid staff by utilizing many volunteers; and by earning the trust of the surrounding community by running an efficient, transparent organization while keeping the warmth and family feel of true community effort.
 
The success of this endeavor is a true testament to the Kern County community's generosity from food and cash donors to its volunteers.  What a privilege it is be a part of the Golden Empire Gleaners. 
 
Pam Fiorini
Executive Director
Golden Empire Gleaners
Board Chair Statement The Golden Empire Gleaners has benefited from a stable, involved board of directors since its inception. Many of the current board members have been working with the Gleaners for over 10 years. As a board we work hard to ensure that the Gleaners remains debt free and financially viable.

There are many challenges with which the board must constantly deal. Some of the major challenges are funding, food supply and volunteers. Primary among those challenges is the fact that the Gleaners does not take any funds from government sources. Not from federal, state or local governments. While it is true that we own all of our facilities free of debt, we must rely on the continuing support of the community as well as local business and industry for operating capital.  Currently we are successful in our fund raising efforts but each year is a new challenge and the economic environment exacerbates that challenge.

A second important opportunity facing the Gleaners is to guarantee a sufficient, continuing supply of food. Our food comes to us as donations from community volunteers, local supermarkets, local farmers, growers and brokers. We haven’t had to buy any food stuffs for many years. But with the current economy many of our usual suppliers have had to reduce or more closely control inventory levels. We continue to work to increase our daily supply of fruit, vegetables, canned goods and staples. We have increased our outreach to farmers and growers to improve our supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. We have long standing relationships with food producers and local supermarkets which we work hard to foster and maintain.

Daily the Gleaners depend upon 30-40 volunteers to operate. With only three paid employees, we are basically a community volunteer organization. These volunteers work in the office, answer telephones, take food orders from our clients, fill those orders, receive and process donated food and deliver some of the food to senior centers around the county and other tasks as needed. Many of our volunteers have been with us for 10 years or more of dedicated service. The challenge facing the board of directors is how the continue to attract, train and retain sufficient numbers of volunteers with a variety of skills that will enable the Gleaners to continue to serve the needs of our community.

On a personal note, I have been working with the Gleaners for about 8 years. I started as a volunteer driver helper. Once a week picking up bread, rolls, pastries and other food from local supermarkets. I continue my once a week drives and have been board president for about 6 years. It is a pleasure to work with such an effective and efficient organization. I am proud to be a member of the Golden Empire Gleaners and to serve our community.
 
Ronald W. Eaves, President
Golden Empire Gleaners Board of Directors
Service Categories
Food Banks, Food Pantries
Areas of Service
Areas Served
Areas
Kern County
Kern County
Comments
Board Chair Statement The Golden Empire Gleaners has benefited from a stable, involved board of directors since its inception. Many of the current board members have been working with the Gleaners for over 10 years. As a board we work hard to ensure that the Gleaners remains debt free and financially viable.

There are many challenges with which the board must constantly deal. Some of the major challenges are funding, food supply and volunteers. Primary among those challenges is the fact that the Gleaners does not take any funds from government sources. Not from federal, state or local governments. While it is true that we own all of our facilities free of debt, we must rely on the continuing support of the community as well as local business and industry for operating capital.  Currently we are successful in our fund raising efforts but each year is a new challenge and the economic environment exacerbates that challenge.

A second important opportunity facing the Gleaners is to guarantee a sufficient, continuing supply of food. Our food comes to us as donations from community volunteers, local supermarkets, local farmers, growers and brokers. We haven’t had to buy any food stuffs for many years. But with the current economy many of our usual suppliers have had to reduce or more closely control inventory levels. We continue to work to increase our daily supply of fruit, vegetables, canned goods and staples. We have increased our outreach to farmers and growers to improve our supply of fresh fruits and vegetables. We have long standing relationships with food producers and local supermarkets which we work hard to foster and maintain.

Daily the Gleaners depend upon 30-40 volunteers to operate. With only three paid employees, we are basically a community volunteer organization. These volunteers work in the office, answer telephones, take food orders from our clients, fill those orders, receive and process donated food and deliver some of the food to senior centers around the county and other tasks as needed. Many of our volunteers have been with us for 10 years or more of dedicated service. The challenge facing the board of directors is how the continue to attract, train and retain sufficient numbers of volunteers with a variety of skills that will enable the Gleaners to continue to serve the needs of our community.

On a personal note, I have been working with the Gleaners for about 8 years. I started as a volunteer driver helper. Once a week picking up bread, rolls, pastries and other food from local supermarkets. I continue my once a week drives and have been board president for about 6 years. It is a pleasure to work with such an effective and efficient organization. I am proud to be a member of the Golden Empire Gleaners and to serve our community.
 
Ronald W. Eaves, President
Golden Empire Gleaners Board of Directors
Board Chair
Board Chair Dr. Ronald W. Eaves
Company Affiliation Retired, University Professor/Adminstrator
Term Jan 2006 to Nov 2012
Email reaves@bak.rr.com
Board CoChair
Board CoChair Renee Massey
Company Affiliation Comprehensive Blood and Cancer Center
Term Jan 2006 to Nov 2012
Email rmassey@cbccusa.com
Board Members
NameAffiliationStatus
Jim Blom Retired, Oil IndustryVoting
Thomas Burke CFO, Kern Comm. College Dist.Voting
Tasha Clayton HR Director, Tel-Tec SecurityVoting
Ron Eaves Retired, University Professor/AdministratorVoting
Phil Gaskill President, Gaskill Custom HomesVoting
Hilda Klein Community Volunteer/ HomemakerVoting
Dan Marble Retired, Non-profit Administrator/ Social WorkerVoting
Renee Massey Communications Mgr., Castle & CookeVoting
Sean McNally VP Human Resources, Grimmway FarmsVoting
William Melby Principal, Ordiz-Melby ArchitectsVoting
Jack Overton Retired, Savings & LoanVoting
Jenny Vaughan Community Volunteer/ HomemakerVoting
Vince Rojas Retired - Federal Credit UnionVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 4
Unspecified 0
Governance
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 0
Board Meeting Attendance % 85%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Under Development
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Yes
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 100%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 78%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 6
Standing Committees
Personnel
Finance
Communications / Promotion / Publicity / Public Relations
Board Development / Board Orientation
Audit, Compliance and Controls
Strategic Planning / Strategic Direction
Comments
CEO Comments
We have developed a 3 Year Strategic Plan.  Tasks that have been identified are completing an efficiency and operations model study; updating our inventory software and donor database systems; developing an improved outreach and communication program to growers, manufacturers, and other sources of food supply; formalizing additional board policies and procedures and creating board recruitment and succession plans; and improving our volunteer recruitment and management.  This plan is now in its third year and will be evaluated and update this calendar year.
Executive Director/CEO
Executive Director Pam Fiorini
Term Start Oct 2007
Email pfiorini@goldenempiregleaners.com
Experience
12/2002 - 10/2007 Harbor Materials, Inc. - Secretary/Treasurer for Manufacturing Representative Company
1/2006 - 10/2007  Our Lady of Perpetual Help School Foundation Staff Coordinator
12/2002 - 4/2006 California State Senate - District 18 Office Manager and Caseworker
10/99 - 12/02  California State Assembly - District 32 Executive Secretary, Scheduler, and Caseworker
9/96 - 10/99  Substitute Teacher
1/87 - 10/89  Teradyne, Inc. - Personnel Assistant
1/86 - 12/86 Bergen Brunswig Corporation - Human Resources Coordinator
9/84 - 12/85  Elementary School Teacher
 
Graduated Magna Cum Laude from CSUFresno with B.A. in Liberal Studies and CA Teaching Credential for Early Elementary Education
Co-CEO
Co-CEO Pam Lindaman
Term Start Aug 2000
Email plindaman@goldenempiregleaners.com
Staff
Full Time Staff 2
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 150
Contractors 0
Retention Rate 100%
Plans & Policies
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Yes
Years Strategic Plan Considers 3
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2011
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy Yes
Document Destruction Policy Yes
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy Yes
Awards
Awards
Award/RecognitionOrganizationYear
Sparkplug Leadership Award to Pam FioriniKern Community Foundation2011
Aztec AwardMexican American Opportunity Foundation1993
Beautiful Bakersfield Award for Civic/Non-ProfitGreater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce1990
All America City Award - Civic ParticipationNational Civic League1990
Beautiful Bakersfield - Civic/Non-ProfitGreater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce1988
Persons of the Year - Gleaners VolunteersBakersfield Lifestyle Magazine1987
Mobilization of Volunteers AwardVolunteer Center of Kern County1985
Certificate of CommendationState of California - Deparment of Corrections1990
Nomination for Beautiful Bakersfield Award - Public/Private Partnership with Aera Energy - "Leaner Gleaners"Greater Bakersfield Chamber of Commerce2013
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Start Jan 01 2013
Fiscal Year End Dec 31 2013
Projected Revenue $330,000.00
Projected Expenses $389,000.00
Endowment Value $34,000.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Percentage (if selected) 0%
Detailed Financials
Revenue SourcesHelpThe 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 Year201120102009
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
$0$42,250$89,400
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Federal$0$0$0
State$0$0$0
Local$0$0$0
Unspecified$0$0$0
Individual Contributions$74,000$259,016$222,824
$0$0$0
$61,505$70,459$54,462
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,138$3,613$6,439
Membership Dues$0$0$0
Special Events$88,008$35,385$43,145
Revenue In-Kind$2,782,834$1,672,073$1,446,279
Other$807$3,011$1,422
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201120102009
Program Expense$2,825,862$1,910,627$1,615,156
Administration Expense$146,282$88,162$80,618
Fundraising Expense$0$87,162$58,465
Payments to Affiliates$0$0$0
Total Revenue/Total Expenses1.011.001.06
Program Expense/Total Expenses95%92%92%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%26%16%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201120102009
Total Assets$1,476,786$1,453,958$1,469,597
Current Assets$372,340$263,952$308,592
Long-Term Liabilities$0$0$0
Current Liabilities$88,266$100,280$41,486
Total Net Assets$1,388,520$1,353,678$1,352,682
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities4.222.637.44
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201120102009
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201120102009
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountIn-Kind $2,782,834In-Kind $1,672,073In-Kind $1,446,279
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountSpecial Events (net) $88,008Individual Contributions $259,016Individual Contributions $222,824
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $74,000Earned Revenue $70,459Foundations Corporations $89,400
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose We have been granted $45,000 toward the purchase of a heavy duty truck. We are seeking matching funds to complete the funds needed to purchase . We anticipate needing to raise $20,000 - $30,000 more.
Goal $70,000.00
Dates Jan 2013 to Dec 2013
Amount Raised To Date 45000 as of May 2013
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
Comments
Organization Comments We have been fortunate to be able to maintain adequate fundraising for operational expenses the past 5 years and to cover large capital expenses with targeted campaigns.  However our reserves are in essence only about 3-4 months of operational expenses and our endowment fund has been static for several years.  In the next phase of our development we are planning to begin a designated reserve fund for future large capital expenses outside of operating reserves and to promote our endowment fund.  Both activities will address the sustainability of the great work that has been done over the past few decades.
Foundation Comments
Financial figures taken from Forms 990 and Audits. Forms 990 and Audits are reconciled for FYs 2009 and 2010.
 
Income and expenses may be allocated differently due to change in financial preparer in FY 2011. 
 
Foundation, Corporation, and Indirect contributions may be included in Individual Contributions for fiscal year 2011 as breakdown was not provided in 990.
 
Due to the significant amount of food donations otherwise unaccounted for, Revenue In Kind has is included in Total Revenue for the organization.  
 
Form 990 for 2012 is pending.
Additional Documents