About

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 2021 we made a record 139,802 pounds of food available to people in need, along with approximately seven hundred re-usable face masks and over 22 gallons of hand sanitizer.

Find a Food PantryFindafoodpantry.org is an easy-to-use database of over 10,000 food pantries across the United States, designed for people seeking food assistance and those who work with them. We also offer an embeddable version to help other organizations provide similar information on their websites without reinventing the wheel.

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

Executive Director
Jeff Thomas

President
David Henry
Catherine’s Health Center

Vice President
Keyla Acosta
Missionary Church of Christ

Treasurer
Greg Scott
Progressive AE (Retired)

Secretary
Lena Agnew
Grand Rapids Housing Commission

Board Member
Daran Chapman
Out of Their Minds Design