Sandalwood Community Food Pantry
PO BOX 5061
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
Address PO BOX 5061
Telephone (843) 645-0935
Fax (843) 645-0934
Projected Annual Revenue $57,500.00 (2015)
Mission Statement Vision Statement: That no one in our community goes to bed hungry.
Mission Statement: To nourish the bodies, minds and spirits of all who hunger.
What We Do: Go to the people, Live among them, Learn from them and Love them. Start with what they know, Build on what they have,  always remembering: The Best of leaders when their task is accomplished, The People will remark, “We Have Done It OURSELVES."
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Nannette Pierson
Board Chair Roderick Clovis Casavant
Board Chair Company Affiliation ARMAB2, LLC
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 2010
Financial Summary
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Mission Vision Statement: That no one in our community goes to bed hungry.
Mission Statement: To nourish the bodies, minds and spirits of all who hunger.
What We Do: Go to the people, Live among them, Learn from them and Love them. Start with what they know, Build on what they have,  always remembering: The Best of leaders when their task is accomplished, The People will remark, “We Have Done It OURSELVES."
Background Sandalwood Community Food Pantry, which was started 6 years ago in a small apartment in Hilton Head feeding 5 families, has grown substantially such that we are now helping to feed over 700 families in need. Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson, founder and compassionate servant had one desire: “To serve those who hunger for food, water, and a renewed spirit, because hunger hurts and hunger pains deny dignity, deplete one of all energy and potential and most sadly it erodes the family, the community and its stability, impairing the potential of people to achieve independence.”

We are blessed to have the support of many volunteers --including those who live in the HH area both full and part-time, as well as many who are on vacation. We receive food from 2nd Helpings, USDA government programs and private and group/church donations. Food and supplies are distributed to our qualifying families every week on Tuesdays and Fridays.

We moved to our current location at 114 Beach City Rd. located on the grounds of Queen Chapel AME in October 2014. This has been our 4th move in 6 years and while we consider ourselves blessed to be in yet another 'temporary home', for as long as need be, the space limitations reinforce the need to address our ongoing issue for a more permanent space that will allow us to continue to expand our ability to help more families.
Impact 2014 key accomplishments:
-Sandalwood one of 75 food pantries nationally to win $20K in Wal-mart pantry makeover contest.
- completed successful fundraiser with Whole Foods resulting in $7300 in food donation
- We successfully moved locations in Sept. to AME Queen Chapel church
- expanded both our families served to 700+ and number of Sandalwood volunteers
- increased awareness of the needs in our community and how Sandalwood is helping to address these, eg. article in Taste magazine
Talk of the Town interview to address the needs of our Pantry in June 2015
- make significant progress toward having a permanent pantry location (location, support) & accelerate growth of Sandalwood building fund
- expand and diversify overall fund raising with broad Board participation - example: prepare for successful Run/Walk for Hunger Spring 2016 (partnering with Palmetto Running Co.)
- continue to expand organizational support of our pantry (eg. HH Prep blankets, Coca Cola service day)
- continue to strengthen and diversify board membership
Needs - continue to grow our support base (organization grants, private supporters, total - continue to grow our support base (organization grants, private supporters, total donations) to meet the growing needs of our Sandalwood community
- acquire an appropriate vehicle (truck) which can be used food pick-up
- significantly expand our base of supporters and growth of our building fund to help us achieve our dream of owning our own pantry (land & building structure) -- this would provide many benefits including: eliminate lease payments which can be used for food and expanded services, more room for food storage/refrigeration, strengthen Sandalwood's long term presence in HH, etc.
- continue enhancement of how we efficiently and effectively provide food, supplies and personal support for our Sandalwood families ) to meet the growing needs of our Sandalwood community
CEO/Executive Director Statement The clients we serve, by providing healthy whole foods and basic needs, are everyday people with families, responsibilities and aspirations.  They are our neighbors, struggling and in need of a helping hand and faced with the daily dilemma of choosing which of life's basic needs to go without - including food.  These families, 750 and growing, grace us with their friendship, gratitude and powerful witnessing, always reminding us that people, much more than things, must be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; but never thrown out!  I have learned in life that there are no throw aways...
Board Chair Statement This is an exciting and important time for our Sandalwood Community Food pantry. We celebrated our 6 year anniversary in February and were reminded of the incredible journey of faith that our community has been on. We've grown from serving 5 families on that first day in 2009 to over 700 today -- with many, many more who are connected to Sandalwood in some special fashion, eg. as volunteers, supporters, donors or those praying for us in all parts of the U.S. & world. For a small pantry on Hilton Head Island it is all pretty humbling and we recognize that we have the opportunity to do even more, and collectively we feel an obligation to do just that.

Personally, I feel inspired to be part of this community committed to making a small,
positive difference in the lives of others. In less than a year being involved with Sandalwood, my appreciation has grown from minimal awareness to a higher level of appreciation for the tremendous need in our HH community and our ability to come together and do something about it. At Sandalwood, we've witnessed lives changed for the better whether it be through the obvious love for one another in our community, improved lives and outlooks from the health benefits of nutritious food, enhanced dignity, new jobs gained and the negative cycle replaced with hope. Yes, we miss the young couple that joined us for several months when they were jobless -- but we are so thankful and happy for them that they both are now employed.
We have both opportunities and challenges in front of us that we are committed to taking action on in 2015 and beyond. They include: 1. addressing the growing needs of our expanding community of needy families by broadening our outreach to current as well as potential new supporters 2. Preparing for the future with focused fund raising for our building fund as described in our goals and needs statement above. 3. Having faith and trusting God while utilizing our talents to do His work for our brothers & sisters in our community.
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments Our Pantry offers so much more than food.  Something very special happens to a person upon their first visit.  There is a profound sense of family, a love that transcends the petty differences of everyday life. Our door are always open and one of our greatest gifts is in making new and lasting friendships and sharing the light that always shine upon us.
Areas of Service
Beaufort County
Hilton Head Island and Bluffton areas -- located in zip code 29926
Board Chair
Board Chair Roderick Clovis Casavant
Company Affiliation ARMAB2, LLC
Term Dec 2014 to Dec 2015
Board of Directors
Ezra Callahan Queen Chapel church
Anne Sherer Casavant Pantry logistics
Roderick Clovis Casavant President
Kelly Clendaniel Secretary
Francine Gaudiosi Inventory Coordinator
Maria Kabath Vice President
Dan Mullin Treasurer
Doctor Nannette Pierson Executive Director
Barbara Popovsky Community Volunteer
Lisa Snowman Finance lead
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 8
Hispanic/Latino 1
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 7
Board Term Lengths 3
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 80%
Written Board Selection Criteria? Yes
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? Under Development
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 4
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Additional Board Members
Vicky Hunnings Retired-Past Board Member
Dennis Leo Retired-Past Board Member
John Haley Sneed II Retired-Past Board Member
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
One of our goals is to have high engagement across all board members reflected in specific initiatives that they are involved in. We also desire to enhance our board membership with increased diversity, experience and expertise.
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Dr. Nannette Pierson
Experience Rev. Dr. Nannette Pierson opened the doors of  Sandalwood Community Food Pantry on Fe. 17, 2009 to feed 5 hungry families living at Sandalwood Terrace Apts.  Today the SCFP serves over 700 families at 114 Beach City Rd. on Hilton Head Island.  She received her D. Min. (Doctor of Ministry) in Worship and Spirituality from Drew University on 5/21/2005 after completing her M.Div. (Master of Divinity) at Princeton Theological Seminary on May 15, 2000. She completed her Chaplaincy Field Work unit at Northwest Covenant Medical Center, under the supervision of Fr. Stewart Baer, graduating with a certificate in Clinical Pastoral Education on 12/17/1997. She attended Immaculate Conception Seminary (Sept. 1997-May 1998) receiving a Certificate in Youth Ministries Studies, Pastoral Care and Completion of Courses on the 7 Sacraments of the Catholic Church.  She graduated from Drew University (1996) with her Bachelor of Arts Degree,  Major: Religion (Summa Cum Laude  Concentration: Hebrew and New Testament, Moral and Ethical Theology.  Upon arriving to SC she founded New Borns in Need Chapter for the state of SC in 2009, a charity that she organized with over 100 volunteers knitting and sewing items to comfort and care for the preemies, babies in need and their families; in in cases of crisis, to help where needed at the Backus Children's Hospital in Savannah and Beaufort Memorial in SC.  She was a speaker at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Bluffton twice a month from 2009 - 2012 and continues continues to preach and speak there and at local churches also presently serving as a Board Member on the Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Committee and teaches yoga and meditation for the past 6 years on the Island.  Upon Graduating Princeton, 2000, she was installed as an Associate Pastor at Sacred Heart of Jesus Roman Catholic Church in Rockaway, NJ in the absence of a resident Pastor at the request of the Fr. John Hart, Chancellor of the Paterson Diocese. In 2002-2003 she taught Sacred Theology at Assumption College for Sisters in Mendham, NJ.  From 2003- 2005 before arriving to SC, she was called to Assistant Pastor at the First Presbyterian Church of New Vernon NJ. Her mission work to feed all who hunger reaches as far as her last trip to India in 2015.  Building a beloved community is her goal and desire. 

Co-CEO Rod Casavant
Term Start Jan 2015
Experience Rod Casavant - retired from 30+ year career with Eli Lilly and Company with multiple business leadership positions. Principal with ARMAB2 LLC and active volunteer in Hilton Head community including President of Sandalwood Community Food Pantry, SCORE mentor and Executive Committee member, volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, Knights of Columbus, RBC Heritage marshal.
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 1
Volunteers 20
Contractors 0
Organization has a Strategic Plan? Under Development
Date Strategic Plan Adopted 2011
Years Strategic Plan Considers 5
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? Under Development
Management Succession Plan? Under Development
Organization Policy and Procedures Under Development
Diversity Policy
Nondiscrimination Policy Yes
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Description We provide food (produce, meat, bread, canned goods) and supplies (toiletries, clothes on ad hoc basis) to qualifying individuals and families on Tuesdays and Fridays of every week. We receive our food though multiple sources including: 2nd Helpings, USDA gov't programs, individuals and church food donations. We receive grants and financial donations from individuals which are utilized for our operational costs including lease, equipment and administrative expenses.
Budget $27,000.00
Short Term Success Short term success is reflected in our families being able to consistently eat nutritious food while being able to pay their other bills such as rent, utilities, transportation.
Long Term Success Long term success includes assisting a growing % of indiduals/families in need, eg. providing food to more qualifying people than previously (currently serving 700+).
For those in transition situations, our goal is to help them during this difficult period until they are again in a position to be self-sufficient (gain employment).
Strategy Yes
Program Success Monitored BY We monitor success via several approaches including: our detailed records on number of individuals receiving food each Tursday & Friday, one-on-one conversations with our patrons where we receive feedback on their needs -- what we are doing well and how we might improve to further assist them.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2015
Projected Revenue $57,500.00
Projected Expenses $47,172.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201420132012
Program Expense$34,832$28,761$8,979
Administration Expense$7,789$543$24,716
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.891.030.76
Program Expense/Total Expenses82%95%27%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201420132012
Total Assets$11,962$9,991--
Current Assets$11,962$9,991--
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$11,962$9,991--
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201420132012
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%--
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201420132012
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountCommunity grants $20,800 -- --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountIndividuals $10,004 -- --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountCorporate/non-grant $4,642 -- --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? Yes
Campaign Purpose Building fund - includes purchase of land and building new pantry
Goal $100,000
Dates Dec 2014 to Dec 2017
Amount Raised To Date 23100 as of May 2015
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next 5 Years? Yes
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Yes May 2016
Organization Comments Sandalwood has operated on a very tight budget since our formation 6 years ago. Our operating revenue (based entirely upon grants, individual and corporate contributions) is utilized to fund our monthly expenses including rent, insurance, government subsidized food and a small executive director salary. Our building campaign is focused on providing long term security and sustainability for our pantry in that by having our own place, we will be able to focus more of our resources on providing for our families in need.
Nonprofit Sandalwood Community Food Pantry
Address PO BOX 5061
Primary Phone (843) 645-0935
CEO/Executive Director Dr. Nannette Pierson
Board Chair Roderick Clovis Casavant
Board Chair Company Affiliation ARMAB2, LLC
Year of Incorporation 2010