General Council On Finance & Admins of the United Methodist Church
St. Stephens U/M/C Outreach Foodbank
3524 Smiths Crossing
Ridgeland SC 29936-4310
Contact Information
Organization DBA (Doing Business As)
Organization DBA
St. Stephens U/M/C Outreach Foodbank
Address St. Stephens U/M/C Outreach Foodbank
3524 Smiths Crossing
Ridgeland, SC 299364310
Telephone (843) 263-5779
E-mail reginahshuler@yahoo.com
Projected Annual Revenue $28,700.00 (2018)
Mission Statement

Our mission is simple and complicated. Everyone has the right to a good life. The complicated part is that sometimes life gets stressful. Whether through illness, the loss of a job or a myriad of other circumstances, from time to time, those less fortunate need a helping hand. And we want to be there for those in need.

By helping them put food on their tables, clothes on their backs or adding a much needed household item or piece of furniture, we strive to add a little help where it is needed.

The simple part is that everyone can help! If everyone gives just a little, then no one has to go without. Please help make our vision of food on everyone's table a reality and not "a vision".



Leadership
CEO/Executive Director Helen Shuler
Board Chair Reverend William Bowser
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chairman
History and Background
Year of Incorporation 1974
Financial Summary
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Source: IRS Form 990

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Statements
Mission

Our mission is simple and complicated. Everyone has the right to a good life. The complicated part is that sometimes life gets stressful. Whether through illness, the loss of a job or a myriad of other circumstances, from time to time, those less fortunate need a helping hand. And we want to be there for those in need.

By helping them put food on their tables, clothes on their backs or adding a much needed household item or piece of furniture, we strive to add a little help where it is needed.

The simple part is that everyone can help! If everyone gives just a little, then no one has to go without. Please help make our vision of food on everyone's table a reality and not "a vision".



Background Conceived in 1997 through minimal donations from St. Anthony's Church in Hardeeville because of the great need to feed the poor, bread and canned goods were distributed from the back of Helen Shuler's car to those she knew were in need. Eight months later the church's pastor drew up a plan with Second Helpings to have a truck of commodities delivered to the St. Stephens church for distribution to the community on Monday and Thursday of each week. Referrals from Social Services and the local Senior Citizens community center lined up to received much needed food. As the years passed and need grew the church set up a food bank in a donated shed on the property until 2014 when a massive fundraising campaign was initiated to obtain a 14 ft x 56 ft modular building with heat, air conditioning, running water, a restroom and commercial refrigerator and freezer. We are now able to store donated supplies until they are handed out and have no waste or spoilage.
Impact
Our accomplishments from the past year include:
1) obtaining a truck allowing us to be able to pick up donations as they become available
2) securing a concrete pad allowing us to display fresh produce for the recipients to pick their own
3) Making additional contacts and networking opportunities to provide ongoing food donations to fulfill the growing demand
Our current goals include the following:
1) Securing a permanent awning constructed on the building to shield the produce we need to display for self-servicing in inclement weather
2) Securing additional funding on an ongoing basis to allow us to meet our new expenses of electricity
3) Securing enough funding to build a back-up fund for those time when donations are limited and we need to supplement with purchased food supplies
Needs
1) $5,500 annual cost for utilities and insurance
2) $2,500 to cover food purchases from the Low Country Food Bank 
3) Regular monthly landscaping services to maintain the property
4) Funding to establish a $5,000 reserve account when donations fall below need such as after major disasters like Hurricane Matthew
5) $1,800 specifically allocated to create special packages for Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays to include turkeys, hams or roasts along with trimmings to make a complete meal. 
CEO/Executive Director Statement St. Stephens' Food Bank does not turn anyone away even though it is for Jasper County residents only. My name is Helen Shuler, and I am the director. I believe it is my mission in life to feed the poor and work tirelessly to complete this goal. Everyone deserves to be treated with dignity and grace, a smile and a helping hand. If you are in need, we are here to help.
Board Chair Statement As a non-profit organization relying solely on volunteers, donations and grants, we are constantly struggling to find enough money to handle our operating expenses, while keeping a reserve to carry us through the shortfall times. We never want to turn someone who is hungry away because our cupboards are bare. Helen Shuler started this food bank at a time when her mother was dying and her daughter who was living in New Jersey, was gravely ill. She made a promise with God that if he would take care of her daughter and let her mother live, she would do her best to feed the hungry in her community for as long as she was needed. Her daughter improved for a while, but unfortunately passed away recently, and her mother recovered enough to live a few more years and Helen is still growing this food bank, working every single day to make hunger a thing of the past.
Areas of Service
Area
Jasper County
Jasper County Residents who provide proper identification.
Board Chair
Board Chair Reverend William Bowser
Company Affiliation Chairman
Term Jan 2012 to Dec 2020
Board of Directors
NameAffiliation
Barry Bolden Community Volunteer
Reverend William Bowser Chairman
Paul Ferguson Community Volunteer
Helen Shuler Community Volunteer
Nettie Shuler Community Volunteer
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 5
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 0
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 3
Female 2
Governance
Board Term Lengths 10
Board Term Limits 2
Board Meeting Attendance % 100%
Written Board Selection Criteria? No
Written Conflict of Interest Policy? No
Percentage Making Monetary Contributions 0%
Percentage Making In-Kind Contributions 0%
Number of Full Board Meetings Annually 1
Other Boards
The tables below contain information about other groups that advise this nonprofit on operations and projects.
Comments
As this volunteer food bank was started with very meager resources and continues based solely on donations and grants, and there is no distribution of funds for compensation there is limited governance rules required.
Executive Director
Executive Director/CEO Helen Shuler
Experience None
Staff
Full Time Staff 0
Part Time Staff 0
Volunteers 7
Contractors 0
Plans
Organization has a Strategic Plan? No
Organization has a Fundraising Plan? No
Diversity Policy No
Whistleblower Policy No
Document Destruction Policy No
Directors and Officers Insurance Policy No
Programs
Description Twice weekly food distribution
Budget 20000
Short Term Success Immediate impact is to feed those whose life situations (loss of job or home, death of breadwinner, etc) are in danger of experiencing hunger.
Long Term Success For those currently accepting food donations, the goal is to be an intermittent help while they get back on their feet with a new job, home, etc.
Program Success Monitored BY Every family or individual is required to provide legitimate residency papers as well as financials regarding current status, number of individuals in the household, ages, income, etc. which are reported to government agencies monthly.
Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year 2018
Projected Revenue $28,700.00
Projected Expenses $33,200.00
Spending Policy Income Only
Form 990s
IRS Letter of Exemption
Detailed Financials
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201720162015
Program Expense$15,099$12,389$7,946
Administration Expense--$7,000$5,948
Fundraising Expense------
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.561.370.99
Program Expense/Total Expenses100%64%57%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201720162015
Total Assets$6,203$12,877$7,586
Current Assets$6,203----
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$6,203$12,877$7,586
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201720162015
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201720162015
Top Funding Source & Dollar Amount --All Saints Episcopal Garden Tour $6,750 --
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Palmetto Electric $6,000 --
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar Amount --Ellis Foundation $4,500 --
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
State Charitable Solicitations Permit
Registration Exempt Dec 2017
Comments
Foundation Comments While St. Stephen's United Methodist Church Outreach Food Bank is allowed to operate under the 501(c)3 exemption of General Council On Finance & Admins of the United Methodist Church, they do not receive direct support from the organization. The information included on this form was provided from St. Stephen's U/M/C Food Bank and is reflective of only their operation.
Nonprofit General Council On Finance & Admins of the United Methodist Church
Address St. Stephens U/M/C Outreach Foodbank
3524 Smiths Crossing
Ridgeland, SC 299364310
Primary Phone (843) 263-5779
Contact Email reginahshuler@yahoo.com
CEO/Executive Director Helen Shuler
Board Chair Reverend William Bowser
Board Chair Company Affiliation Chairman
Year of Incorporation 1974