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    The Redwood Empire Food Bank
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    Impact & Measurement
    Accountability & Finance
    Culture & Community
    Leadership & Adaptability

    The Redwood Empire Food Bank

    501(c)(3) organization
    Donations are tax-deductible
    3990 Brickway Boulevard
    Santa Rosa CA 95403

    Santa Rosa CA | IRS ruling year: 1991 | EIN: 68-0121855  
    An EIN is a unique nine-digit number that identifies a business for tax purposes.
    An EIN is a unique nine-digit number that identifies a business for tax purposes.
     
    Organization Mission
    The mission of The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) is to end hunger in our community. We define ending hunger as having in place a community response system that mak ... (More)
     

    Rating Information

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    This charity's score is 99%, earning it a Four-Star rating.

    This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores, weighted as follows: 39% Accountability & Finance, 48% Impact & Measurement, 13% Culture & Community. Learn more about our criteria and methodology.

    Historical Ratings
    Charity Navigator's ratings previously did not consider Leadership & Adaptability, Culture & Community, or Impact & Measurement. The historic rating mainly reflects a version of today’s Accountability and Finance score. More information on our previous rating methodologies can be found on our rating methodology page.
     
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    Proceed with CautionAlleged Sexual Abuse/Harassment

    On March 12, 2024, The Press Democrat reported on the operations of The Redwood Empire Food Bank in an article titled, "Redwood Empire Food Bank launching internal investigation into claims against ex-CEO." For more information, please see The Press Democrat article.


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    Rating Report

    Impact & Measurement
    Score

    100

    This beacon estimates the actual impact a charity has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.

    Assessments

    Impact

    100 out of 100 points

    100% of Impact & Measurement score
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    Impact Evaluation
    100 out of 100 points
     
    Impact Statement
    The nonprofit's cost per meal is less than 75% of the local meal cost.
    Program Context
    Every Child, Every Day, Senior Security, Neighborhood Hunger Network, Community Marketplace, Food Connections, Groceries to Go, Kitchen Collective, Produce Pantry, Value Market, Diabetes Wellness, Senior Basket, Afterschool Caf, School Pantry and Summer Lunch: This program collects, stores, and distributes food to front-line organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens.
    Data Time Period
    7/1/17 to 6/30/18
    Benchmark for Scoring
    Impact scores of food distribution programs are based on the cost of a meal relative to the cost that a food-secure person incurs to buy a meal in that county. Programs receive an Impact score of 100 if they are less than 75% the cost of a meal and a score of 80 if they are less than 125%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the benchmark for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 65. This program's cost per meal is less than 75% of the local meal cost.
    Methodology
    This impact score was determined through the Food Bank methodology which is fully detailed in the Charity Navigator Guide to Ratings. Analysis conducted in 2019 by Charity Navigator's acquired branch, ImpactMatters, using publicly available data from nonprofits and IRS forms 990, theory and evidence from scientific research studies.
    Data Source
    Outcome and cost data collected via publicly available reports and financial statements.

    Measurement

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