End Hunger In America (also known as Nonprofit Innovations, Inc.) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2009 by John Arnold and Jeff Thomas to experiment with “someone should” ideas, take on unmet needs, and generally work to improve models and processes in the charity food distribution system. Think of us as an independent research and development program dedicated to advancing the cause of ending hunger.
Our Mission: To develop, test, and promote tools and models that assist organizations and communities in providing adequate, appropriate and timely food assistance to anyone in need.
What We Do
Mobile Food Pantries – Bringing mobile food pantries to underserved areas of Grand Rapids and building local support for same. Our distribution sites also act as a test kitchen for new approaches to mobile food pantry operation. In 2022 we made 87,184 pounds of food available to people in need.
Find a Food Pantry – In partnership with Tackle Hunger, Findafoodpantry.org is a database of over 20,000 food pantries and similar resources across the United States, designed for people seeking food assistance and those who work with them.
End Hunger in America – An online source of information about how communities and individuals can effectively address the problem of hunger, including the publications How to Run a Food Pantry and the seminal Charity Food Programs That Can End Hunger in America.
FLIP – The Food Bank Logistics Information Planner is a software tool designed to help regional food banks optimize the efficiency of their food retrieval and delivery processes. FLIP was developed in partnership with and is actively used by Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank, and we are preparing to make it more broadly available.
Who We Are