|  6500 METROPOLIS DR Austin TX 78744-3123

Central Texas Food Bank Foundation is headquartered in Austin, TX, and is a 501(c)(3) organization. EIN: 74-2964260.  Donations are tax-deductible. The IRS NTEE classification code is K113, Single Organization Support within the Food, Agriculture and Nutrition category. The IRS ruling year for tax exemption was 2000.

(Source: IRS Business Master File and Form 990)

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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator

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Overall Score


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This charity's score is a passing score. This overall score is identical to the organization's Finance & Accountability beacon score. It does not have an Impact & Results beacon. Each beacon report below provides further information about the organization's rating including rationale as to why a particular beacon may not be scored.

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...   Finance & Accountability

Charity Navigator evaluates a nonprofit organization’s financial health including measures of stability, efficiency and sustainability. We also track accountability and transparency policies to ensure the good governance and integrity of the organization.

Finance & Accountability Score


out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score

This Beta V2 of the Finance & Accountability Score provides a baseline measure of an organization’s health including the indicators listed in the report below.

This score represents Form 990 data from latest filing year 2017.

Finance & Accountability Rating Highlights

Higher Effect on Score


Independent Board Composition

We look for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of members identified as independent.

Lower Effect on Score


Liabilities to Assets Ratio

We look for a ratio less than 50%.

No Effect on Score


Total Revenue

We do not evaluate revenue amounts or sources in Beta V2. An organization’s size can affect whether and how we evaluate other indicators.

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Finance & Accountability Report


of 100 points (BETA)

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Program Expense

Program Expense Ratio


Higher effect on score

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The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).

For a passing score, Charity Navigator looks for a ratio of 70% or higher. Charities in the 50%-70% range receive zero points for their Program Expense Ratio score. Charities that fall below 50% will receive zero points for both of their financial metric scores, Program Expense Ratio AND Liabilities to Assets Ratio.

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

3/4 Independent

Higher effect on score

Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent.

Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Review or Financial Audit

No review needed due to small charity size

No effect on score

For organizations larger than $1million in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an audit.

This indicator is not part of the score for organizations less than $250k in total revenue and is removed from the scoring methodology.

For charities under $1 million but over $250K in total revenue we expect to see that the charity completed an Audit, Review or Compilation.

Source: IRS Form 990

Liabilities to Assets Ratio


Lower effect on score

The Liabilities to Assets Ratio is determined by Total Liabilities divided by Total Assets (most recent 990).

Charity Navigator looks for a ratio less than 50%.

Source: IRS Form 990

Website Listed


Lower effect on score

Charity Navigator looks for a website on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.

Nonprofits act in the public trust and reporting publicly on activities is an important component

Source: IRS Form 990

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Total Revenue and Expenses

Total Revenue and Expenses

This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.

Salary of Key Persons

Presented here are up to five of the highest compensated employees listed on page 7 of the IRS Form 990. This compensation data is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts include salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting here.











Source: IRS Form 990, filing year 2017

Business Master File Data

The Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) includes cumulative information the IRS collects and displays for all exempt organizations. The data is updated monthly. Below are some key data points from the BMF for this organization. View information about the BMF on the IRS website here.


Activity data not reported from the IRS

Foundation Status:

Organizations operated solely for the benefit of and in conjunction with organizations described in 10 through 16 above.  509(a)(3) (BMF foundation code: 17)


Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations). (BMF affiliation code: 3)

Data Sources: IRS Forms 990

The IRS Form 990 is the source of the finance and accountability data used within the Encompass Rating System. When an organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability beacon score, each metric is based on elements of the 990. Some metrics are based on the most recent available filing, while others are based on averages of values over multiple years. We provide links to all available 990s here, whether or not this organization is eligible for a Finance & Accountability score.

IRS Forms 990 are provided courtesy of Foundation Center.

...   Impact & Results

Charity Navigator assesses how well a nonprofit delivers on its mission. To issue an Impact & Results score, we estimate the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determine whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.

No Score

We have not issued this nonprofit an Impact & Results score. This does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, only that we have not reached a conclusion for one of the following reasons:

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet gotten to scoring it.

  • The nonprofit is eligible for a score, but we have not yet developed the specific algorithms to estimate the impact of the type of service it delivers and so cannot issue a score yet.

  • The nonprofit does not primarily deliver services directly to beneficiaries or it is not reasonable to expect the nonprofit to measure impact for its primary activity. The impact analysis framework that we use is not well suited to these nonprofits.

  • The nonprofit is not heavily reliant on individual donors because beneficiaries fund a majority of its costs or it does not receive any private charitable contributions.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

Central Texas Food Bank Foundation reported its largest program on its FY 2017 Form 990 as:


Spent in most recent FY


Percent of program expenses


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What is your organization aiming to accomplish?

(1) Revolutionize the emergency food system through the strategic capture, handling, and distribution of food. (2) Increase enrollment in nutrition assistance programs. (3) Unite communities in the belief that hunger is unacceptable, and mobilize people to act on this principle through advocacy, philanthropy, and volunteerism. Through these initiatives, the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas will end hunger and create a successful model to share with other food banks across the nation.

What are your strategies for making this happen?

Whether in schools, after-school programs or outreach to older adults, Capital Area Food Bank is developing efficient strategies to alleviate hunger and to improve lives in our community. Central Texas Food Rescue: Rescues donated, perishable, nutritious food items from local and national grocery store chains CHOICES Nutrition Education: Helps individuals and families make smart choices at mealtime through free nutrition classes. Fresh Food for Families: Provides fresh produce (nutrition not often available to CAFB clients) for families in need. Healthy Options Program for the Elderly: Distributes supplemental staple groceries to older adults living on a fixed or limited income. Kids Cafe: A safe, nurturing place where neighborhood children can go after school and receive a hot dinner, as well as help with homework from caring individuals. Social Service Outreach: Increases participation in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by providing education and application assistance; provides information on additional community resources. Summer Food Service Program: Bridges the summertime meal gap for children who would otherwise not have access to a nutritious meal while school is out of session. “Wheels of Sharing” Mobile Food Pantry: Brings staple foods, fresh produce, and meats to communities in Central Texas where no pantry is available. St. John Community Food Center: The Capital Area Food Bank's model food pantry demonstrating best practices such as the client choice system and integrated social service outreach.

What are your organization's capabilities for doing this?

In Fiscal Year 2011-2013: Service delivery: Every week, 48,000 people receive groceries, nutrition education and support from the Capital Area Food Bank. Fundraising: More than 18,000 individuals, companies, foundations and organizations made financial gifts to support our mission. Community events: From food drives at local schools, to the Austin Reggae Fest, the Capital Area Food Bank benefitted from more than 700 events. These included cause-related marketing events, food and fund drives, sponsored events. In Fiscal Year 2011-2012, he community raised more than 1.3 million pounds of food through community food drives. Volunteer engagement: More than 19,000 volunteers contributed over 93,000 hours, the equivalent of 47 full-time staff members. Public policy: We advocate on behalf of those at risk of hunger. In partnership with Feeding America and the Texas Food Bank Network, we work together on the common agenda of introducing stakeholders and decision makers to the face of hunger in our community. Food distribution: In 2011-12, Food Bank trucks traveled more than 360,000 miles, the equivalent distance of driving around the world 14 times. Every day, the Food Bank distributed an amount of food equivalent to the weight of a Boeing 737 jet. Regional leadership: Fulfilling Capital Area Food Bank’s mission to lead the community in ending hunger takes us far beyond Austin city limits, into urban and rural locations across 21 counties in Central Texas. Our 300 Partner Agencies are essential to helping us make an impact by delivering healthy nutritious food to their neighbors in need and connecting us to their communities. 95% of our partner food pantries say they could no longer serve clients if the Food Bank shut down tomorrow Efficiency and effectiveness: Every $1 donated provides 2.5 nutritious meals to Central Texas families. Charity Navigator has recognized the Capital Area Food Bank for its fourth consecutive 4-star evaluation. Only six percent of charities rated receive this distinction. We return more than 95 percent of all donated resources back into the community in the form of programs and services.

How will your organization know if you are making progress?

In Fiscal Year 2011-2012: Central Texas Food Rescue: Collected more than 7.4 million pounds of nutritious food in partnership with over 125 local and national grocery stores, wholesalers and farms. CHOICES Nutrition Education: Conducted 351 nutrition education classes and cooking demonstrations at 63 sites throughout Central Texas, reaching 2,144 individuals. Fresh Food for Families: Provided more than 1.5 million pounds of fresh produce to an average of 4,502 families every month. Healthy Options Program for the Elderly (HOPE): Distributed supplemental staple groceries at 22 sites to nearly 3,400 older adults every month. Kids Cafe: Served more than 225,000 nutritious meals to children at 27 sites. Social Service Outreach: Submitted 917 Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program applications and provided information on community resources to more than 12,740 individuals. Summer Food Service Program: Served more than 28,000 nutritious meals and 14,600 healthy snacks to children at 37 sites in Travis County. “Wheels of Sharing” Mobile Food Pantries: Served more than 185,000 people at 36 distribution sites. St. John Community Food Center: Operates as a model of best practices for partner agencies in Austin and across the nation. This pantry serves on average 150 families each week through the client choice system.

What have and haven't you accomplished so far?

Food banks traditionally measure success based solely on the number of pounds of food distributed over the course of a year. CTFB has distributed millions of pounds of food to Partner Agencies over the years, and while that number is impressive, it does not measure the impact, or gauge the difference the food made in the lives of those who received it. CTFB strives to change the conversation from only pounds of food distributed, to the impact of that food on the lives of people at risk of hunger. The Central Texas Food Bank revised its target outcomes from feeding people in hunger lines to include reducing the number of people in those lines. In order to successfully accomplish this, the organization embarked on a journey to transform from a food bank into a hunger relief organization— moving beyond feeding hungry people to ending hunger in Central Texas. As part of this transformation, CTFB has: Bridged the distance between the traditional food bank and the client, focusing not only on warehousing and food resourcing, but also on assistance and distribution. Increased awareness of hunger and CTFB's work in order to increase donations and create action through advocacy, public policy and volunteerism. Incorporated cutting-edge technologies to identify and align CTFB resources with the communities in greatest need. Established plans for a new and improved facility to capture, process and distribute more food to the hungry. Implemented the latest in warehousing best practices. CTFB’s warehousing practices mirror those of large for-profit food distributors. Embraced social media to encourage discussion about ending hunger in Central Texas. CTFB maintains a blog and has an active presence on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Flickr. Launched the “Hunger Is UNacceptable” awareness campaign to educate and invite community members to join the organization in efforts to end hunger. Continued to support and collaborate with 300 Partner Agencies in the shared goal to end hunger.


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...   Leadership & Adaptability

Charity Navigator will provide an assessment of the organization’s leadership capacity, strategic planning, and the ability to readily innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization’s mission.

Leadership & Adaptability Score (BETA)

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Culture & Community Score (BETA)

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Encompass Rating Beta V2 does not provide an evaluation of the organization's culture and community. Beta V3 will provide an evaluation of Constituent Feedback and Listening Practices. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community. Other measures will be added later in the year.

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Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Community & Culture.

Why It Matters

Like the Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as relevant metrics are developed and ready for integration. Our partnership with Feedback Labs and Guidestar by Candid, and other partners including Fund for Shared Insight, GlobalGiving and Keystone Accountability, enables us to launch the first version of this beacon with Constituent Feedback information collected on Candid's site.

Feedback practices have been shown to support better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion outcomes, an essential area of assessment that we intend to further expand and develop in the future. Feedback Labs has documented several studies which indicate that beyond achieving organizational goals, nonprofits that are attentive and responsive to concerns and ideas raised by beneficiaries establish stronger relationships with the people they serve, promote greater equity, and empower constituents in ways that can help to ensure better long-term outcomes. You can find resources to help nonprofits improve their feedback practices here.