Welcome to Food Gnomes Transparency Portal. This area is presently under construction, but it’s where you’ll be able to find our governing documents and other important information. Some information is here, expect a lot more very soon 🙂

Mission Statement

The mission of Food Gnomes is to provide a one-question asked, completely volunteer-run and operated, mobile food pantry, requiring no proof of need or documentation from those we serve, while working to empower individuals and communities to fight for food justice.

Code of Conduct (“Gnome Norms”)

Food Gnomes has a Code of Conduct, otherwise known as the “Gnome Norms” which all volunteers, members, and partners are expected to abide by at all times. Our code of conduct can be downloaded here as a PDF.

Policy on Sexual Harassment

Food Gnomes has a Policy on Sexual Harassment in accordance with our beliefs, and with New York State and Federal Law. All members and volunteers, and anyone that Food Gnomes does business with are required to agree to this policy. This policy can be read in full here. To file a sexual harassment complaint, please fill out the complaint form (here) and email it to

The Following Food Gnomes Staff Were Trained (Per NYS Guidelines) On Food Gnome’s Sexual Harassment Policy on Sunday, July 14, 2019:

  • Matthew L. Schwartz, MBA, LMSW (Trainer)
  • Dr. Adithi Chandan
  • Fran A. Schwartz
  • Kevin Lippes
  • Amanda Ocasio, M.A., M.A.

Data & Metrics

Data & Metrics can be found here.

Organizational Documents

Organizational Documents (such as our articles of organization, our Operating Agreement, and any resolutions) can be found here.

Annual Reports

Annual reports will be available here starting on November 6, 2019

Financial Documents

Financial Documents will be available here (once we have them…right now we don’t even have a bank account).

Meeting Minutes

Meeting Minutes Will Be Available Here Soon

B-Corp Process

  • 1/29/2019 – Food Gnomes has incorporated as an LLC in Erie County.
  • 1/29/2019 – Food Gnomes has incorporated the B-Corp legal text into our Operating Agreement, in order to ensure that we are formed as a B-Corp, and meet the legal requirements.
  • 2/8/2019 – Food Gnomes has completed our Impact Assessment and submitted it to the B-Corporation This has started us down the path to becoming a Certified B-Corp.
  • 3/10/2019 – Food Gnomes has responded to the B-Lab’s request for more information.