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March 7, 2014

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March 7, 2014

This cracks me up! Notice the flurry of "good" reviews in June of 2010? This is because the overpaid staff that has hijacked this Aids food bank for their own nefarious purposes made a big mistake and fired the last conscientious employee. The backlash was fierce and this was apparently their way of hiding their low and thieving ways from the public! Food for Thought was once a community treasure but has turned to a Yuppie scum pit of lost hopes and dreams as the overpaid staff stuff their bank accounts at the expense of suffering individuals. Don't give these goons another penny! $100,000,00 dollar paychecks at the expense of People suffering from Aids is cruel and disgusting. Fire the Director now and his officious clipboard wielding sidekick!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fire the overpaid lazy Director and his cruel sidekick.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Unlikely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

October 16, 2013

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Review from Guidestar
October 16, 2013

A once great organization that has fallen into the Yuppie greed trap of paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to an ever expanding array of useless employees while actually diminishing it's output to its clients. Percentage of its output towards food is now under 23% of its budget. Pathetic!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Fire the greedy Director and his evil officious minion.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

September 8, 2013

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September 8, 2013

A close family member with HIV became a client of Food For Thought. At the time he was really down and struggling. Not only did he receive healthy food; He was treated with respect, community and dignity at no cost. FFT's education was a giant help. As he started to feel better he became a volunteer. Next he was able to go back to work. He continues to serve at Food For Thought. Today HIV is only a small but real part of his life and he takes care of it. He is into serving others and becoming a useful, independent man. I am grateful to Food For Thought. What a difference it made in my son's life.

2 other things
The program is well run and effective with very few paid staff. It has a large volunteer base of support.
Their organic garden is out of this world and is a vital part of their food program.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would like to see a healthy recipe and menu book for people with HIV and a description of what Food For Thought is. I would like to see this go out to the general population. I would also like to see a speakers bureau.

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

December 7, 2012
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Review from CharityNavigator
December 7, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

Once great agency now tainted with bad management practices. True number of ACTIVE clients served is 325, not the 650 as touted. Think twice about where you are sending your donation dollars the next time one of their clients pulls into their parking lot to get his free food in his brand, spanking new Mercedes SUV--because clients are never asked to show financials and a good number of them are NOT living in poverty. Client services manager sees tracking such a thing as a daunting task--she's too busy with self-importance. Latest Endowment gift nearing 2 mill and still the clients are served the same old tired food options. Current staff cold and emotionless. Board ineffective at managing its faltering ED. Control freak diva is breathlessly waiting in the wings to slip into the ED role so as to continue her desperate ego-feeding frenzy. Stewart is rolling in his grave. Wake up people, it ain't 1995 and this is not the once-important grassroots agency that achieved magic and greatness in its well-run, heartfelt day. Know someone living with AIDS? Write them a personal check or take them to your favorite natural foods store each week instead of donating to this place. Open a friendly drop-in center when clients can visit and volunteers can socialize with them and serve them healthy foods AND, then, sugary treats if that makes their day and makes them smile. Until this food bank shapes up and remembers its grassroots, it's not worth the time, trouble or your hard earned dollars. They eat their wounded.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

December 5, 2012
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December 5, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

I'm very suspicious of several of the 5-star reviews. Why are 25 of the 32 reviews all in June 2010 and all 5-star ratings by "volunteers"? Why this sudden rush of favorable reviews in one month? It gives the impression that someone was trying to load your rating system. It is true that the director's salary is over $90,000/yr, which is one of the highest paid non-profit salaries in this area and a significant portion of the total budget. Also the website claims that 85% "of your donation will reach our clients through our services" but that is misleading since the "services" include a portion of the salaries of the director and salaries of the paid employes for their time in providing client services (as distinguished from fund raising, for example).

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Will you volunteer or donate to this organization?

Unsure

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

December 5, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

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Review from CharityNavigator
December 5, 2012
1 person found this review helpful

A once great organization that has been hijacked by people with a completely different agenda that it's original mission statement. Excessive wages and superfluous employees earning as much as $100,000.00 per year have bloated the budget and has reduced the amount of money spent on food to a pathetic 25% of it's budget. (When I started ten years ago overhead was 10%! now it's 75%!) Add many questionable alliances with entities such as Ocean Song and the Occidental Arts and Ecology center and you have an organization that has no direction other than the pathetic Directors fantasies and have NOTHING to do with being an AIDS food bank and this is why FFT is now a failing organization as it uses AIDS as a fundraiser for other non AIDS related stuff.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A little

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Somewhat badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

December 7, 2010

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December 7, 2010

I had never heard of this organization until last week. I went to a dining event at my favorite restaurant and was approached by one of their volunteers. It seemed a little odd but she was so kind and engaging that we wanted to know more. She was knowledgeable and passionate about the organization. We felt like we needed to make a donation. I look forward to getting to know them even more.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Just meeting a wonderful volunteer.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

DOn't know them yet.

September 9, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

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Review from Guidestar
September 9, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

Started with a minuscule overhead ratio whereby about 95% of any cash given went directly to food purchase. Has now been bloated with Five officious full time employees and two part timers. Wages have bloated inching toward 30% of budget and food expenditures dive toward the 20% level.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Giving food to People who need it. Spinning My wheels to placate Officious Employees who themselves are above the rules.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Giving Food

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Officious

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Pay Higher salaries

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

Food for Thought serves over 600 men, women and children living with HIV/AIDS in Sonoma County with food, nutritional services, moral support, connections, and hugs. Clients can receive services on a weekly basis, either by coming into the Food Bank or having groceries delivered if they are too ill to come in or have no transportation. FFT has been around for 20 years and because of this amazing organization, clients have access to nutrition so important to their health, and moral support so important to their morale.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

See above

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

June 30, 2010

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June 30, 2010

This is the most amazing organization! A small, but talented staff and an army of enthusiastic volunteers, manage to provide hundreds of clients and their children with food, support, and dignity. The positive attitude, dedication, and good management make this a strong organization that is fun to work in.

The Great!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I volunteer and see clients at least once a week. There is a great feeling of community among both the clients and volunteers. I've been working with some of the same great volunteers for over 11 years. Talk about dedication!

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Enlist more Board members who can help raise more funds.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The dedication and sense of fun of the volunteers.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Talented, enthusiastic, energetic, fun, and dedicated.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Meet more client needs. Have an endowment that would permit it to go on for as long as there is a need.

Ways to make it better...

We didn't need to limit what we can give clients.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Reduction of federal funding both for the food bank and for other client services in the county, putting a greater strain on Food for Thought.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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