Food: it nourishes our bodies, brings families and friends together, and helps us to celebrate our culture and heritage. Most of us take food for granted, especially if we never have to worry about having enough of it on the table. But at Second Helpings, a downtown Indianapolis nonprofit, food is a powerful tool for eliminating hunger and unemployment.
Jennifer Vigran, CEO of Second Helpings, says that the mission of Second Helpings is “transforming lives through the power of food.” The organization was founded in the spring of 1998 by three chefs who witnessed all the food that was wasted in the food service industry. Twenty years later, the organization rescues 200,000 pounds of food a month from restaurants, hotels, and events and turns that food into nutritious meals that go to over 80 local service organizations. They also offer a free 7-week culinary training program for under- or unemployed adults to help them gain the skills necessary to enter the food industry.
Since 1998, Second Helpings has rescued over 43 million pounds of food from thousands of donors. Maintaining relationships with donors and analyzing donation trends is crucial for Second Helpings to continue to grow. However, data about donations and donors is fundamental for accomplishing these goals, and this data has been stored in several inconsistent spreadsheets over the past twenty years. So when Jennifer the CEO or Mike Eline the CFO receive a call from a donor and want to look back into their historical data, it requires an arduous process involving different spreadsheets formatted different ways.
That’s where netlogx came in. Nick Taylor, the Outreach Manager and co-Executive of netlogx, has been involved with Second Helpings for a while. “When I came here I was just absolutely flummoxed by incredible, vibrant energy is here in these people; this mission is unbelievable,” Nick says. “Just to be a tiny little part of that is so uplifting