HOW DOES COMPASSION COALITION SOLVE THE HUNGER AND WASTE ISSUE?
Compassion Coalition has chosen to be unconventional in its approach to how it works with individuals and how it raises funds to operate its services.
1. Compassion Coalition has been a leading non-profit agency in the community by serving other non-profit agencies. Although, some programs and services are directed towards the individuals, the majority of the service implementation is done through partner agencies. This unconventional method has proven to be successful because it taps into the existing relationship that an agency has with an individual. Rather than be intrusive in the relationship between an agency that currently works in that neighborhood or situation, Compassion Coalition can complement services by providing resources to that agency.
2. Compassion Coalition has been innovative in its approach to how it distributes food, goods and products by utilizing co-op practices to lower labor costs. By working with our partner agencies and utilizing their volunteer force to sort and distribute the products that are received, Compassion Coalition can keep its labor costs down and maintain a low overhead so that partner agencies can receive a lower pricing for products. Non-profits that do not have access to a Compassion Coalition model are estimated to be spending 60%-70% of retail for the products they are procuring for their clients. Compassion Coalition currently charges a small fee to partner agencies at a fraction of the cost of retail. Instead of items being charged per item they are charged by the pound. Currently, most food products that are received are distributed to our partner agencies at .10 cents a pound. This model gives the partner agency more resources for their limited funds and makes a greater impact on the clients they serve.
3. Compassion Coalition is unique in the non-profit world by paying for all its expenses and being 100% debt free through operating a grocery store. After pursuing traditional methods of fund raising and grant writing initiatives the leadership of Compassion Coalition realized that these initiatives were not sustainable. In 2001, Compassion Coalition began to operate a grocery store by buying from corporate sponsors who provided a lower wholesale price. Food products were then resold with a markup but keeping the pricing still lower than most retail grocery stores. This enabled the consumers who were mostly low income to purchase food items at a lower price and yet still provide an income to sustain Compassion Coalition.
By these three things Compassion Coalition is helping to solve the disparity of hunger vs waste by bridging the gap through it use of their innovative low cost distribution network to agencies and through its operation of its grocery store. This is creating the ability for more individuals to have access to food through their local agency. For those that have access to EBT they can purchase more food at the Compassion Coalition grocery store because of its lower price point.