Alex accepts a check from Mill River High School Students

Alex accepts a check from Mill River High School Students, who raised money to provide holiday meals for their community.

In today’s blog, Alex Bornstein, Chief Operations Officer at the Vermont Foodbank, writes about the importance of setting and communicating organizational goals.

The Vermont Foodbank is constantly striving to increase our impact on hunger in Vermont via service expansion, increased food distribution, and general support for our community partners and network partners statewide. One way we ensure that we’re always moving forward is to set aggressive organizational and departmental goals so that all Foodbank staff can track our progress and work towards the same positive outcomes.

The Foodbank is a goal-driven organization with all departments creating and sharing their annual goals with all Foodbank staff. Providing concise, regularly scheduled updates on progress towards goals has resulted in a significant increase in transparency and enhanced understanding of Foodbank activities by our staff statewide.

Why is it important to set and communicate goals?
• Setting and working towards aggressive goals results in operational excellence and mission fulfillment.
• Goal setting and communication stimulates discussion and cooperation across all Foodbank departments.
• Setting and achieving goals helps us tell the Foodbank’s story.

Within the operations team, we adjust our food procurement and acquisition strategies, as well as evaluate unexpected acquisition opportunities, based primarily on utilizing all Foodbank physical resources statewide, but with an eye towards the impact those decisions will have on achieving our goals.

Let’s take a look at the Foodbank’s progress towards some key operational goals during the first two months of fiscal year 2016:
• Overall pounds distributed have increased by 20% (Goal: 10%)
• Overall produce pounds distributed have increased by 15% (Goal: 15%)
• Preventable food waste (food waste generated by Foodbank facilities that we deem to be preventable if all procedures are followed correctly) have decreased by 78% (Goal: -36%).
• Pounds distributed via our VeggieVanGo mobile food pantry service (affordable housing and healthcare) have incre