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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Centers to Support the Independence of Specific Populations, Emergency Assistance, Human Services

Mission: Carlisa Inc. is a 501c3 non-profit food organization that’s been feeding the hungry and needy in America from 2002. Lisa Eleze Thomas Mc-Millan, founder of Carlisa Inc. was personally a victim of hunger all through her student life and knew how divine it felt like when one shared their food and blessings with another. And it was 1995 when she vowed to herself that ‘nobody should ever have to worry about having enough to eat’ thereafter. Lisa started her community service in her hometown Brewton, Al by preparing and delivering hot lunches for the elderly and the disabled. As she became more aware of the hunger crisis that prevailed in society, she also started a Rolling Grocery Store on her van and delivered essential groceries and vegetables to people who couldn’t afford them. She also started offering a free feeding program in her restaurant and started Brewton’s first Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day dinners. Then came into existence, Carlisa Inc. in 2002, a non-profit food bank, in fact Brewton’s first food bank to be open to the public seven days a week. Along with feeding the senior and disabled citizens of Brewton, Carlisa Inc. also provides hot lunches for students in college campuses of major American universities including the Jefferson Davis Community College four days a week. To know more about our non-profit food bank and to make donations, visit http://www.pleasebelievepeoplearehungry.com/ and http://www.pleasebelievepeoplearehungry.com/blog/.

Target demographics: Make sure no one goes hungry in our community.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 53 elderly people, over 100 college students and hundreds of people in our community.

Geographic areas served: Brewton, AL and all surrounding small towns.

Programs: Hot meals program...and hot meals delivery program.

Community Stories

31 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carlisa, Inc. fights hunger in more ways than just providing hot meals to those less fortunate. They provide hope and joy to souls who suffer the emotional hunger pangs of those who may feel they have been overlooked by the rest of the world. Through random acts of kindness, a helping hand, words of encouragement, and ever-ready smile, they inspire others around them to reach out and lift each other up in a world that is often quick to put others down.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Great place to eat at a reasonable price. Also Mrs. Lisa has been serving the community by providing meals to the needy not only during holidays but often.

Emily135

Client Served

Rating: 5

Miss Lisa gives to the community more than one could imagine. Between her food pantry, feeding college students, and everything in between, she goes above and beyond the call of duty to help those who need it, and she does it deliciously. As a broke full-time college student with a full-time job, I can honestly say there are days when I would have just had to go without food between classes and before work, that is, had it not been for Miss Lisa. She is a blessing to the community, and every single thing she does is for a good cause. It amazes me every day the drive that she has, and I just cannot say enough good things about her and her cause.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lisa McMillian, aka Carlisa, Inc.,is one of the most selfless people that I know or know of. She is all about helping others, whether it be feeding college students for free (our local community college doesn't have a cafeteria, so she makes sure that every student who wants a meal gets one on Monday thru Wednesday), to providing meals for the elderly or needy (and often delivering it to them), to providing transportation to doctor visits, etc, and often provides money to those in need. It doesn't stop here--she provides "holiday" meals to anyone in the community who would like them: Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, and even honors the veterans on Veteran's Day. She is such a service to our community, a real blessing, and all from the kindness of her heart. Thanks, Carlisa!!!

Keri7

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

In 2014 my mother passed away. I was able to be with her but I had missed a bit of work but was able to take my vacation as an emergency. A few months later my father became gravely ill and I wanted to spend some time with him. My father lived in Kentucky and that was a great distance from me I also had to take some more time off he passed away and we had his funeral then I came back to brewton and went back to work. Ms. Lisa called me over to see her at her table at my job at the huddle house and asked me how I was doing. I told her I'm holding up and I'll be ok and that my daddy was my favorite person and I miss him. She handed me a check to help me out I was so stunned I told her I couldn't take it and didn't need it that someone else could use it and she said please Keri take it this is what I do and what I work for so I took it and hugged her. I went in the back room at work and cried. This isn't the first time she's done things like this during Christmas time she would come in and call each of us over and give us gift cards or checks as presents but she knew each person there had a story and had either not much help from anyone or had big families like mine. She has been a blessing to each person she has helped. She does not stop there she has a little kitchen she help feeds college students and also helps feed people who don't have families around the holidays and she cooks quite a bit and invites people from all over the areas to come eat for Christmas and thanksgiving. Lisa at Carlisa inc has helped many many people me included over the years and I've also read her book and she says it's her calling and her passion to help those who need the help or just give someone something to look forward too also she knows some people just have nothing at all and she wants to make sure some people who have nothing has a little something! Lisa is a blessing and and someone who I've come to know love appreciate and confide in over the years! She is compassionate about helping boost people's lives it's what makes her happy! So if you could donate or if you truly can't donate pass this along and help Carlisa inc raise money to help feed the hungry and help support her work she does this from the kindness of her heart and started out helping people with nothing and she does not use these funds to support her self she works and works hard! Please help and donate today. I have donated to Carlisa inc and have felt good about it and I will donate again even if it's a dollar or fifty cents we can all help feed the hungry.

1 Carolyn111

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Carlisa, Inc. is a non profit organization with many missions. In fact, "We feed the Need" is their mission statement. They are involved in many different projects in our community. Their ability to act quickly was put to the test recently when the towns of Flomaton, AL and Century , FL were hit by a devastating tornado. I knew Carlisa, Inc. had the experience to help and was so glad they could provide hot meals to the victims of this horrible storm. This nonprofit is a very productive part of our community and has been for several years.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I am. Very proud of Carlisa Inc. Lisa does outstanding job looking out for the Community. On holidays she provide free dinners to the seniors and the needy.

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This organization helps people in my community that falls into the cracks left by other aid organizations. there is a great need that is not met because people can't always go to register for help they need. this non profit seeks them out and serves them in a way that's transparent and dignified.thank GOD for them.

Melvin Davis

Ola B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Carlisa food service is vital to the city of Brewton, you can pick up a meal for minimal cost or you can eat free as a student. Of great importance, is our senior citizens lacking transportation to pick up lunch. volunteers for Carlisa answers their need, and for this they are grateful. Thank you Lisa for your service to this great community.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I was undergoing treatment for cancer. I had to travel out of town. I was having trouble paying for gas. Carolina, Inc stepped in and help pay for gas. What a blessing.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Mrs Lisa McMillian is a blessing to the local college in her community. Once she heard about students not having food to eat, she stepped in and began serving free lunch to all college students. For some, this was the only meal they ate that day. Also she had snacks available for them to take back to the dorm for an evening snack. What an asset to her community. We need note people like Mrs Lisa. Everything is free to those in need. Thanks Carlisa Inc

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Donor

Rating: 5

Carlisa is one of those charities that notices what a community needs and simply steps in to fill that need. She does not see challenges; she sees possibilities. She finds a way to feed those who are hungry because her whole heart is in her work. And for those people in crisis she also researches other ways she can be of assistance. She is also a great speaker. She spoke to a group of elementary school in a summer program and she was inspirational. More than that though, she spoke on their level and she made them understand that we are all expected to help others. We are so lucky to have this organization as a part of our community

1 Anita McCreary J.

Advisor

Rating: 5

Carlisa Food Bank Inc., is truly an awesome nonprofit organization. I am an employee of our local community college and I know first hand that Carlisa provides FREE meals to our students every Monday - Wednesday each week that classes are in session. She wants to ensure that not one student goes hungry on our campus. Although some of our students, especially athletes, live in the dorms we do not have a lunch/cafeteria program. It is Carlisa that provides free meals to our students.

No only does Carlisa provide our students with free meals, she also provide the elderly in our community with free meals. Carlisa has a passion for ensuring that no one goes hungry in our community (and around the world for that matter!).

I am thankful for having an organization such as Carlisa Food Bank in our community to help those in need!

1 Jennifer530

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lisa McMillan is truly a wonderful asset to our community. As the owner of Carlisa, Inc., she feeds the elderly, feeds students at the local community college and provides Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner for the community...for free! She is a blessing to all that are touched by her.

1 Samantha78

Client Served

Rating: 5

I can't say enough about Mrs. Lisa at Carlisa Inc., she has an amazing heart and spirit for the work that she does. She not only helps those in need but she is overjoyed to be able to do it. I started working with Lisa over 17 years ago and have never had a call for help not answered. No matter what the need she filled it in with every means she had.

I am a licensed insurance agent and I work mostly with the elderly a great many of my clients are low income and are in need of basic necessities such as food. Never a moment has went by that I couldn't call Carlisa Inc. so that I could feed those elderly who were choosing between food and medicine and it is definitely a real struggle for some. What a joy I have to know Mrs. Lisa and know that Carlisa Inc. will be there.

The donations provided to her really do make it out into the community and you know the saying "it takes a village to raise a child" It takes that same village to help those truly in need of the services of Carlisa, Inc. Give with joy, happiness and certainty that anyone who donates and continues to donate can rest assured it's being used for the purpose it's meant for.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My name is Jack and I am a proud receiver of the Carlisa Inc. I have been receiving meals from this nonprofit for quite a while and the food is always delicious. Once I could not pay my electric bill and this nonprofit was able to assist me. The Carlisa Inc. is a great nonprofit for this community. Thank you for your help

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Hello, my name is Dee and I have had the opportunity to witness this non profit group from afar and up close. Afar, because once I first heard of Carlisa Inc. I was interested in learning more about this non profit. So, what did I do; I volunteered and that experience has given me nothing but joy. The people that they assist are so appreciative of Carlisa Inc. Just to be one of the volunteers to help serve meals has now inspired me to do more for my community. My experience as a volunteer with Carlisa Inc. has inspired me to prepare meals on weekends for 10 individuals in my community which consist of a disabled veteran, senior citizens, and two disabled individuals. I get so much pleasure when I prepare and deliver their meals to them. My son has gotten a kick out of taking their meals as well. Carlisa Inc. has helped me to show my son how to share with others. We are cheerful givers and are blessed to know the fine people at Carlisa Inc. This non profit is a great asset to our community and surrounding area. Thanks Carlisa Inc. for allow us to volunteer with your non profit organization because it has been a life changing experience. We appreciate you all so much and will always be ready to help you serve others.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Lisa Thomas McMillan has done a remarkable job with her nonprofit organization. She manages to feed large numbers of students and community members on a bare-bones budget. She is visionary, hard-working, and committed to making sure people don't go hungry. Kudos to Lisa McMillan for a job well done!!!

2 Chicquita C.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Lisa McMillan is the kindness most giving person I know. A friend of mine that resently lost her job due to illness was unable to pay her electrical bill or provide Christmas gifts for her family. Lisa was kind enough to pay her bill and give her money to buy her kids Christmas gifts. It was a Christmas she will always remember. Lisa is a God send.
B. Willis

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Donor

Rating: 5

Carlisa, Inc. is more than a non-profit food organization. It is a calling placed upon the heart of Lisa Thomas-McMillan. She and her volunteers answer God's call every day as they plan, prepare and feed our community. This ministry not only provides food, but it also serves a whole lot of love!! Love that gives to the needy and stirs the hearts of others to give of themselves, too!! My prayer is that Carlisa, Inc. will continue to prosper and grow and impact the lives of even more people who need the special touch of love and compassion provided by Lisa and her family of volunteers!! Keep up the good work!!