Mission: Harvesters - The Community Food Network feeds hungry people today and works to end hunger tomorrow. Harvesters is an essential partner with 620 nonprofit agencies throughout our service area. These agencies include food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, day care centers, and senior centers. Together we feed the weakest and most vulnerable members of our community -- the sick, the elderly and the very young. Harvesters also believes that a long-term solution to hunger involves nutrition education, as well as leadership and outreach programs to increase community awareness of hunger and generate solutions to end hunger.
Programs: Harvesters’ Childhood Hunger Initiative includes distributing food to children through our network agencies, as well as our child-specific programs, Kids Cafe and the BackSnack program, and PowerPack, a program for homeless high school students. Kids Cafe provides nutritious meals to after-school and summer programs, as well as child-appropriate nutrition education through the Kids in the Kitchen curriculum. The BackSnack program provides backpacks of food to hungry children over the weekend. PowerPack, which is similar to the BackSnack program, provides a backpack filled with groceries and hygiene products to teens at risk of homelessness.
Response to Ray_7 as to whether $170,000 CEO salary is "fair". Please read Charity Navigator's 2012 CEO Compensation Study. CN classifies Harvesters as a "large" charity; ie, expenses in excess of $13.5 million. Harvesters' profile: 2011 expenses $73 million & CEO's salary 0.23% of expenses. CN's Compensation Study indicates that, for large charities in the Midwest the median salary was $233,672 and based on size category: 2010 median was $245,671. For charities with expenses in the range of $50-$100 million, the median was $297,454. So, I think Karen Haren's salary of $170,000 is definitely fair.