Mission: The Sheridan Story's mission is to fight child hunger through community and school partnerships.

Every Meal is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 2013, and donations are tax-deductible.

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Contact Information


  2723 Patton Road
Roseville MN 55113

 Important note on the timeliness of ratings

The IRS is significantly delayed in processing nonprofits' annual tax filings (Forms 990). As a result, the Finance & Accountability score for Every Meal is outdated and the overall rating may not be representative of its current operations. Please check with the charity directly for any questions you may have.

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Encompass Rating System by Charity Navigator

Overall Score


out of 100

This charity's score is a passing score.
This overall score is calculated from multiple beacon scores: 32% Finance & Accountability, 50% Impact & Results, 7% Leadership & Adaptability, and 10% Culture & Community

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...   Finance & Accountability

This score provides an assessment of a nonprofit's financial health (stability, efficiency and sustainability) and its commitment to governance practices and policies.

Finance & Accountability Score


out of 100

The score earned by Every Meal is a passing score

This V6 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 2019, the latest year electronically filed and published by the IRS.

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Finance & Accountability Report


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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). This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver.

Program Expense Percentage

Amount of Credit Received

70% or higherFull Credit
60% - 69.9%Partial Credit
50% - 59.9%Zero Points for Program Expense Score
Below 50%Zero Points for Both Program Expense AND Liabilities to Assets Scores

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Composition

14/15 Independent

Higher effect on score

Charity Navigator looks for at least 3 board members, with more than 50% of those members identified as independent (not salaried).

The presence of an independent governing body is strongly recommended by many industry professionals to allow for full deliberation and diversity of thinking on governance and other organizational matters.

Source: IRS Form 990

Independent Audit or Financial Review

Has Audit/Review

Higher effect on score

An Audit, Review, or Compilation provides important information about financial accountability and accuracy. Organizations are scored based on their Total Revenue Amount:

Total Revenue Amount

Expectation to Receive Credit

$1 million or higherExpected to complete an audit
$500,000 - $1 millionExpected to complete an audit, review, or compilation
Less than $500,000No expectation (removed from scoring methodology)

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). This ratio is an indicator of an organization’s solvency and/or long-term sustainability.

Liabilities to Assets Ratio

Amount of Credit Received

Less than 50%Full Credit
50% - 59.9%Partial Credit
60% or moreNo Credit

Source: IRS Form 990



Lower effect on score

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

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

Source: IRS Form 990

Conflict of Interest Policy


Lower effect on score

Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a conflict of interest policy on the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.

This policy protects the organization and by extension those it serves, when it is considering entering into a transaction that may benefit the private interest of an officer, director and/or key employee of the organization.

Source: IRS Form 990

Board Meeting Minutes


Lower effect on score

Charity Navigator looks to confirm on the Form 990 that the organization has this process in place as an accountability and transparency measure.

An official record of the events that take place during a board meeting ensures that a contemporaneous document exists for future reference.

Source: IRS Form 990

Document Retention and Destruction


Lower effect on score

Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a document retention and destruction policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.

This policy establishes guidelines for the handling, backing up, archiving and destruction of documents. These guidelines foster good record keeping procedures that promote data integrity.

Source: IRS Form 990

Whistleblower Policy


Lower effect on score

Charity Navigator looks for the existence of a whistleblower policy per the Form 990 as an accountability and transparency measure.

This policy outlines procedures for handling employee complaints, as well as a confidential way for employees to report financial or other types of mismanagement.

Source: IRS Form 990

Additional Information


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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 this organization's highest compensated employees. This compensation data includes salary, cash bonuses, and expense accounts and is displayed exactly how it is reported to the IRS. The amounts do not include nontaxable benefits, deferred compensation, or other amounts not reported on Form W-2. In some cases, these amounts may include compensation from related organizations. Read the IRS policies for compensation reporting











Source: IRS Form 990 (page 7), filing year 2019

Business Master File Data

Below are some key data points from the Exempt Organization IRS Business Master File (BMF) for this organization. Learn more about the BMF on the IRS website


Activity data not reported from the IRS

Foundation Status:

Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi) (BMF foundation code: 15)


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 Form 990 is a document that nonprofit organizations file with the IRS annually. We leverage finance and accountability data from it to form Encompass ratings. Click here to view this organization's Forms 990 on the IRS website (if any are available).

Pandemic Response

Due to the unprecedented nature of the pandemic, we give charities such as this one the opportunity to share the story of COVID's impact on them. Charities may submit their own pandemic responses through their nonprofit portal.

Every Meal reported being impacted by COVID-19 in the following ways:
  • Program Delivery

  • Fundraising Capacity

  • Revenue

  • Staffing

  • Administrative Capacity

  • Grants Received

  • Balance Sheet

How COVID-19 impacted the organization's operations financially:

Our food costs went up considerably to respond to the skyrocketing increase in food insecurity in our community. Fortunately, our donations increased to support that spend and we were able to increase our food output by 400% at the start of the pandemic. Additional costs went to updating our facility to ensure the health and safety of our volunteers and staff. We updated our Volunteer Center with more handwashing stations, added more PPE (i.e. masks), and implemented processes to clean work areas and sanitize tables and tools. For staff, we invested money in more IT infrastructure, like cameras in conference rooms, to provide a more remote working environment.

How COVID-19 impacted the organization's delivery of programs:

Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we were primarily providing food to children living with food insecurity through our Weekend Food Program by distributing meal bags in kid's backpacks while they were at school. With school closures and distance learning, we had to shift our in-school distribution model to ensure kids still had access to food. We worked with our school and district partners to develop a distribution site model where we provide meal bags available at the distribution sites they set up. We also sought out additional partnerships with libraries, parks, community buildings, workshop centers, and fire stations to provide more locations for families to access food.

How this organization adapted to changing conditions caused by COVID-19:

We had to reduce the number of volunteers and packing events to maintain proper social distancing and avoid spread. Volunteers play an essential role in packing the meal bags that go out to children and families each week. We were able to create a small team of crisis response volunteers who volunteered repeatedly to help us keep up with the increased need. We also had to expand our warehouse and find additional storage locations to inventory the increase in the food we purchased. Additionally, our work environment changed as more staff moved from working on-site to working from home. While some staff still had to come in, particularly our food delivery drivers, we focused on providing the communication tools needed for remote staff to keep our work going as seamlessly as possible.

Innovations the organization intends to continue permanently after the pandemic:

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, and uncertainties remain for schools and families, we are providing our partners with options to help get food to children - through our in-school distribution model, a distribution site model, or both. This means offering our in-school model of distributing food in kids' backpacks to schools where this is feasible. Or if a distribution site model works better, we are offering to provide meal bags to distribution sites they set up. Whatever the case, we are adapting as needed to ensure kids don't question when they'll get their next meal.

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...   Impact & Results

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

Impact & Results Score


out of 100

Every Meal is highly cost-effective, earning a passing score.


$2 provides a meal to a person in need.

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Impact & Results Report


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Rated Program

Rated Program


Youth Food Program


The nonprofit prepares and serves meals to beneficiaries.

Program Type

Food Distribution

Beneficiaries Served

Program Geography

Time Period of Data

7/1/20 to 6/30/21

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Outcomes and Cost

Outcomes: Changes in the lives of those served by a nonprofit. They can be caused by the nonprofit.

Costs: The money spent by a nonprofit and its partners and beneficiaries.

Impact: Outcome caused by a nonprofit relative to its cost.

Cost-effectiveness: A judgment as to whether the cost was a good use of resources to cause the outcome.

Outcome Metric

A meal provided to a person in need

Outcome Data Source

Ratings are based on data the nonprofit itself collects on its work. We use the most recent year with sufficient data. Typically, this data allows us to calculate direct changes in participants' lives, such as increased income.

Outcome data collected during the program. The nonprofit submitted data on the amount of food it provides.

Method for Attributing Outcomes

We don't know if the observed changes were caused by the nonprofit's program or something else happening at the same time (e.g., a participant got a raise). To determine causation, we take the outcomes we observe and subtract an estimate of the outcomes that would have happened even without the program (i.e., counterfactual outcomes).

We assume that the distribution of a meal from one nonprofit's food distribution program does not diminish the amount of food distributed by any other (neighboring) food distribution program. This “counterfactual” assumption about the amount of food distributed in the absence of the nonprofit’s food distribution program implies that the benefit of a meal to a beneficiary in need constitutes a net gain; the gain is not offset by reductions in food provided to other beneficiaries in need. We therefore set the counterfactual to zero.

Cost Data Source

After estimating the program's outcomes, we need to determine how much it cost to achieve those outcomes. All monetary costs are counted, whether they are borne by a nonprofit service deliverer or by the nonprofit’s public and private partners.

Program cost data reported by the nonprofit. Partner and beneficiary costs reported by the nonprofit or estimated by Charity Navigator.

Cost Calculation

$4,194,846 program costs + $0 partner costs + $0 beneficiary costs = $4,194,846 total costs

Impact and Determination

We calculate impact, defined as the change in outcomes attributable to a program divided by the cost to achieve those outcomes.

Impact Calculation

$4,194,846 total costs / 2,344,961 meals provided = roughly $2 provides a meal to a person in need.

Benchmark for Rating

Impact & Results 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 & Results score of 100 if they are less than 75% the cost of a meal and a score of 75 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 50.


Highly cost-effective

Analysis Details

Analysis conducted in 2022 by Charity Navigator using data submitted by the nonprofit, theory and evidence from scientific research studies, and public datasets.

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Largest Programs

Largest Programs

Every Meal reported its largest program on its FY 2019 Form 990 as:


Spent in most recent FY


Percent of program expenses

The Sheridan story provides children with a weekend's supply of non-perishable food at the end of each school week, closing the weekend food gap when kids don't have access to free/reduced meal progra ... (More)

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...   Leadership & Adaptability

This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to 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


out of 100

The score earned by Every Meal is a passing score.

Encompass Rating V4 provides an evaluation of the organization's Leadership & Adaptability through the nonprofit organization submitting a survey response directly to Charity Navigator.

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Leadership & Adaptability Report


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The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s mission

Every Meal's mission is to fight child hunger through community and school partnerships.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses


The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking through articulating the organization’s vision.

Every Child. Every Meal.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Strategic Goals

The nonprofit organization presents evidence of strategic thinking and goal setting through sharing their most important strategic goals.

Goal One: Our goal is to be in every school in Minnesota and western Wisconsin that wants our programming by 2028. This includes expanding and diversifying our programs.

Goal Type: Grow, expand, scale or increase access to the existing programs and services.

Goal Two: Invest in systems, tech, and relationships to improve engagement with community and partners. This includes adding a new CRM and creating a new initiative connecting all weekend food programs in MN.

Goal Type: Invest in the capacity of our organization (financial, management, technical, etc.).

Goal Three: Develop a 1st class volunteer experience by connecting volunteers to the fight against child hunger to broaden our reach and ensure that every child has every meal.

Goal Type: This goal reflects our commitment to further our advocacy work for our organization and or cause area.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Leadership Development

The nonprofit provides evidence of investment in leadership development

Describe an investment in leadership

To better equip and support leadership roles at Every Meal, the organization has made investments at several levels. Manager-level staff attended a Mid-management Track Workshop. This consisted of six sessions from March through August 2021 on different topics designed to deepen understanding of key nonprofit principles and build leadership skills. Director-level staff have been undergoing certificate programs in their focus areas and are also receiving professional coaching. Our President recently completed a leadership certificate through Stanford Business School.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Mobilizing for Mission

The nonprofit provides evidence of leadership through focusing externally and mobilizing resources for the mission.

This organization mobilizes for mission in the following ways:
  • Strategic Partnerships

  • Networks of Collective Impact Efforts

  • Thought Leadership

  • Raising Awareness

  • Community Building

  • Policy Advocacy

What are this organization’s external mobilizaton efforts?

We partner with schools through a mobile delivery solution, providing food to children right where they are – at school. Additionally, we have many strategic partnerships with industry, community, and business leaders to develop collaborations. We present to various local groups around backpack programs and food insecurity. We equip our sponsors (community organizations that partner with schools) with the tools to raise funds towards the program and train volunteers to distribute meal bags. We participate in groups with other hunger-relief organizations. This includes developing shared resources and advocating for universal meals for children in school. Of special note, we convene all weekend food programs in Minnestoa to collaborate, support, and strategize on how best to serve Minnesota kids. We use various marketing channels such as social media, email, web, and PR to spread awareness about child food insecurity and how we are fighting child hunger.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

Story of Adaptability

The nonprofit has an opportunity to tell the story of how the organization adapted to tremendous external changes in the last year.

The COVID-19 pandemic changed life for everyone, including children in our community. It drove over 100,000 more children in Minnesota into food insecurity. Every Meal took quick action to respond to the skyrocketing needs. We completely shifted our in-school distribution model of placing meal bags directly in children's backpacks. To ensure kids still had access to food, we worked with our school and district partners to make our meal bags available at their distribution sites. We set up more community meal pick-up sites at libraries, parks, community buildings, workshop centers, and fire stations. Our community relationships and donor support were vital in ensuring children had food during these uncertain times. As a result, we were able to do what we do best - distribute food to kids who need it most. Within a month into the pandemic, we increased our food output by 400%. In the midst of this, we responded to another crisis following the killing of George Floyd. The unrest turned some neighborhoods in the Twin Cities into overnight food deserts as locals found their grocery stores destroyed or closed. A parent put out a call on social media for 85 kits of food and supplies for Sanford Middle School students. It went viral very quickly. The school then turned to Every Meal to help manage the anticipated influx in donations. The result was one of the biggest food drives we’ve ever seen… and perhaps one of the largest-ever in Minnesota. In less than a day, about 18 semi-trucks of food and supplies were collected and approximately 2,000 families served. In the days and weeks following, we distributed the overflow to other organizations throughout the Twin Cities to get it to families in need. Through all this, we've adapted our distribution with children on top of mind. In the year following the pandemic (from March 13, 2020 to March 12, 2021), we provided 3.5 million meals to children, many of which faced food insecurity for the first time.

Source: Nonprofit submitted responses

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...   Culture & Community

This score provides an assessment of the organization's culture and connectedness to the community it serves. Learn more about how and why we rate Culture & Community.

Culture & Community Score


out of 100

Every Meal has earned a passing score. The organization provided data about how it listens to constituents (Constituent Feedback) and its Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion (DEI) practices (see report below).

The Culture & Community Beacon is comprised of the following metrics:

  • Constituent Feedback: 100/100 (30% of beacon score)

  • Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion: 93/100 (70% of beacon score)

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Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

93/100 points

70% of beacon score

This organization's score of 93 is a passing score. The organization reported that it is implementing 8 diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) practices. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations implementing effective DEI policies and practices can enhance a nonprofit's decision-making, staff motivation, innovation, and effectiveness.

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We are utilizing data collected by Candid to document and assess the DEI practices implemented by the organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the Equity Strategies section of their Candid profiles to receive a rating.

Learn more about the methodology.

Constituent Feedback

100/100 points

30% of beacon score

This organization reported that it is collecting feedback from the constituents and/or communities it serves. Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective.

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We've partnered with Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations can fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile to receive a rating.

Learn more about the methodology.

Analysis and Research

Like the overall Encompass Rating System, the Culture & Community Beacon is designed to evolve as metrics are developed and ready for integration. Below you can find more information about the metrics we currently evaluate in this beacon and their relevance to nonprofit performance.

Constituent Feedback

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

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