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Our Strategic Plan

A Fully Nourished Community | Strategic Plan 2018

The River Food Pantry is pleased to present our new strategic plan, A Fully Nourished Community.

Our strategic plan includes The River’s:

  • Updated mission, vision, and core values
  • New guiding principles
  • Aspirations for the future
  • Holistic services philosophy

Our strategic plan also includes the voices of hundreds of people from across all of our stakeholder groups: clients, volunteers, donors, board, staff, community partners, community embers and commmunity leaders. Together, we developed this plan—based in appreciative inquiry—to help guide The River toward our vision of a fully nourished community.

We invite you to explore our new strategic plan below or download the PDF.

Message to Our Community

Dear friends,

Food, resources and faith to build a stronger community is what The River has offered the community for the past twelve years and what we will continue to offer until we achieve our vision of a fully nourished community. Humans require sustenance in body, mind and spirit to be fully nourished. People also require stable households in which to move, grow, and thrive. We will continue to stretch ourselves to provide healthy and nutritious food to anyone who needs it, while setting the table for onsite collaborative programming that addresses four areas of household stability — food, housing, health, and work/life. The hopes, dreams and aspirations of the community and the family that make up The River are represented here as our mission, vision, core values and guiding principles.

Our year-long planning process, based in appreciative inquiry, included the voices of hundreds of individuals representing all stakeholders groups; clients, volunteers, donors, board, staff, community partners, community members and community leaders.

We invite you to join us in making our shared vision a reality.

Charles P. McLimans and Jennifer Zisser
President/CEO and Board Chair

Mission

Food, resources and faith to build a stronger community.

Vision

A fully nourished community.

Guiding Principles

We Believe...

in a foundation of faith and place faith at the center of everything we do.

that food is a right and not a privilege.

in nourishing our community in body, mind and spirit.

in creating a servant-hearted community and that the opportunity to serve is a gift.

in abundance, all is given to us as a gift, and through the beauty of sharing all will have enough.

in a culture of philanthropy, and through the generous sharing of our gifts and talents we build up one another and our community.

by working together we will end hunger and build a stronger community.

Core Values

Respect

Valuing each other as we value ourselves through listening, example, collaboration, and trust.

Compassion

Nourishing and serving with loving hearts for one another.

Community

Embracing togetherness through sharing, caring, loving and accountability to each other.

Caring

Kindness displayed with affection and love, expecting neither reward nor recognition.

Generosity

Embracing all with resources, community and compassion.

Aspirations

Community Builder

We aspire to be an enhanced builder of community, extending our core values, working collaboratively to achieve a vision where everyone is nourished in body, mind and spirit.

GOAL | Be a leader in ending hunger and promoting household stability through a client-centered approach and innovative engagement with our community.

GOAL | Refocus, reframe and refresh our brand to create greater community awareness of our mission, vision, core values and enhanced role.

Services

We aspire to grow as the leading direct provider of healthy and nutritous resources for food insecure households throughout Dane County, and collaborate to promote household stability, addressing the root causes of food insecurity.

GOAL | Stabilize, strengthen and enhance our food supply chain.

GOAL | Establish onsite partnerships and programs focusing on four sectors of household stability: Food, Housing, Health, and Work/Life.

Facilities & Environment

We aspire to create best-in-class operations and a holistic service hub that reflects and embodies The River’s mission, vision and values.

GOAL | Engage a facilities committee of subject matter experts, volunteers, and clients who will advise, research, plan and acquire a new facility.

GOAL | Optimize and enhance the welcoming nature of the current facility through expanded hours, enhanced flow and modeling of our core values.

GOAL | Become a holistic services hub.

GOAL | Extend our care for community to care for the earth and environment.

Engagement

We aspire to become the organization of choice for volunteers, donors and employees championing nourishment and household stability.

GOAL | Create an organizational culture and environment that embodies our core values.

GOAL | Elevate as a leading organization of choice for individuals and families to volunteer their time and talents.

GOAL | Be on of the leading charities within Dane County.

Holistic Services Philosophy

People require sustenance in body, mind, and spirit to be fully nourished. People also require stable households in which to move, grow, and thrive.

We will continue to stretch ourselves to provide healthy and nutritious food to anyone who needs it, while setting the table for onsite collaborative programming that addresses four areas of household stability — food, housing, health, and work/life.

We will leverage our strengths and the strengths of community partners to advance this vision.

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