BY-LAWS

WELLSBORO AREA FOOD PANTRY

The Wellsboro Area Food Pantry is organized to provide food for needy families in the Wellsboro area. These by-laws constitute the code of rules adopted by the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry to regulate and manage their affairs.

Membership — Board of Directors

There shall be at least 12 but not more than 20 board members. Ideally there will be at least one board member from each supporting church and the Tioga County Department of Human Services.

There are no term limits, no dues and no compensation.

Meetings will be held the second Friday of every other month (February, April, June, August and October); the December meeting will be held following the last scheduled food distribution day.  Special meetings may be called by the President with at least 5 days notice to board members.

A quorum to conduct business at a meeting is seven or more members. Honorary board members may be named at the discretion of the board. Officers

The Board of Directors shall elect officers (President, Vice-president, Secretary, and Treasurer) to conduct the affairs of the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry. The officers shall be elected in December and serve for one year (January through December).

Responsibilities

Board Members:

Guide the operation and affairs of the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry Carry information to the represented church/organization Recruit volunteers

Attend at least 4 meetings each year

President:

Implement the operation of the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry

Submit forms, reports and other required documents to federal, state and local agencies

Lead the Board of Directors meetings
Report to the board on the operations of the food pantry

 

 

Vice-president:

Assist the President in implementing the operations of the food pantry Substitute for the President in the absence of the President

Secretary:

Record and distribute the minutes of the board meetings

Create and transmit correspondence as needed in the operations of the food pantry

Treasurer:

Receive and disburse money for the food pantry operations Report periodically to the Board of Directors

Adding and Removing Board Members

Board members are nominated by supporting churches/organizations and added tc the Board of Directors by a majority vote at a regularly scheduled meeting. Nominees need to become familiar with the operations of the food pantry and attend at least two distributions before the Board of Directors votes on their membership.

Board members are removed by resignation or by a majority vote at a regularly scheduled meeting after the member attends less than three board meetings in a calendar year and is unwilling to participate. Board members unable to participate in board affairs may be designated Honorary Board Members.

Activities of the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry

The Wellsboro Area Food Pantry is organized exclusively for charitable purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

No part of the net earnings of the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry shall inure to the benefit of, or be distributable to its members, directors, officers or other private persons, except that the Food Pantry shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of Section 501(c)(3) purposes. No substantial part of the activities of the Food Pantry shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the Food Pantry shall not participate in or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of or in opposition to any candidate for public office.

The Wellsboro Area Food Pantry shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on by a corporation exempt from Federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Dissolution

In the event the Wellsboro Area Food Pantry can no longer operate, all assets, if any will be transferred to a similar charitable institution or one or more exempt purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code or shall be distributed to a local, county, state or Federal government for a public purpose.

Adopted June 26, 2007