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Human Services : Food Banks, Food Pantries, and Food Distribution

The Food Group

Minnesota's free food bank

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three stars

89.99

8501 54th Avenue, N New Hope, MN 55428
tel: (763) 450-3863   Web Site
EIN: 41-1246504

Board Leadership
Barb Hilbert
President

CEO
Lori Kratchmer
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.99 three stars
  Financial 85.85 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Food Group's (formerly Emergency Foodshelf Network) mission is to be an innovative foodbank dedicated to serving the hunger needs of our changing communities.

Established in 1976, The Food Group collects, warehouses and distributes high quality food and essential support services to Minnesota hunger relief organizations. The Food Group was created to help food shelves pool their resources and receive quantities of food equal to their demand. Before The Food Group was formed, it was not uncommon for one food shelf to experience an excess of resources while a neighboring shelf turned clients away due to lack of food or money. The Food Group's network consists of 230+ hunger relief programs throughout 27 Minnesota counties. These agencies provide more than seven million pounds of nonperishable, perishable and prepared food to hunger relief organizations annually.

The Food Group's (formerly Emergency Foodshelf Network) mission is to be an innovative foodbank dedicated to serving the hunger needs of our changing communities.

Established in 1976, The Food Group collects, warehouses and distributes high quality food and essential support services to Minnesota hunger relief organizations. The Food Group was created to help food shelves pool their resources and receive quantities of food equal to their demand. Before The Food Group was formed, it was not uncommon for one food shelf to experience an excess of resources while a neighboring shelf turned clients away due to lack of food or money. The Food Group's network consists of 230+ hunger relief programs throughout 27 Minnesota counties. These agencies provide more than seven million pounds of nonperishable, perishable and prepared food to hunger relief organizations annually.

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Financial

three stars

85.85

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.
Overall Rating Chart
  Program Expenses
(Percent of the charity's total expenses spent on the programs
and services it delivers)
90.6%
  Administrative Expenses 4.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 4.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.06
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.39
  Program Expenses Growth 7.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 33.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Food Group on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Food Group on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Food Group (MN) 89.99 three stars
Feeding the Gulf Coast (AL) 89.78 three stars
Arkansas Foodbank (AR) 90.22 four stars
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida (FL) 92.92 four stars
Missoula Food Bank (MT) 93.32 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,073,020
   Federated Campaigns $150,727
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $843,537
Total Contributions $7,067,284
   Program Service Revenue $3,669,288
Total Primary Revenue $10,736,572
   Other Revenue $131,103
TOTAL REVENUE $10,867,675
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,580,062
   Administrative Expenses $622,049
   Fundraising Expenses $386,931
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,589,042
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $278,633
   
Net Assets $3,689,305

Program names and associated costs are listed for the top programs as reported on the charity's most recently filed Form 990. The top programs displayed will include the largest three programs, or those programs covering at least 60% of the charity's total expenses, whichever comes first.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 09/01/2018 89.99 three stars
2016-09 11/01/2017 86.55 three stars
2015-09 11/01/2016 83.78 three stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 84.03 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 12/22/2015 81.63 three stars
2014-09 11/01/2015 81.41 three stars
2013-09 03/01/2015 85.22 three stars
2013-09 07/01/2014 84.96 three stars
2012-09 04/01/2013 81.62 three stars
2011-09 06/01/2012 86.14 three stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 91.22 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 08/01/2010 94.37 four stars
2008-09 08/01/2009 86.71 three stars
2007-09 05/01/2008 84.22 three stars
2006-09 07/01/2007 69.18 one star
2005-09 02/01/2007 87.23 three stars

The data displayed on this tab is provided by the IRS in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

EIN 41-1246504
Name in IRS Master File THE FOOD GROUP MINNESOTA INC
NTEE Code K31
NTEE Classification Food Banks, Food Pantries
NTEE Type Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
(408) Community service organization
(429) Other inner city or community benefit activities
Foundation Status Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public   170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
Deductibility Contributions are deductible
Affiliation Independent - the organization is an independent organization or an independent auxiliary (i.e., not affiliated with a National, Regional, or Geographic grouping of organizations).
Group Name [Not Applicable]
Ruling Date August, 1976
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$133,090 1.25% Lori Kratchmer Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Food Group (MN) 89.99 three stars
Loaves and Fishes (MN) 85.79 three stars
Food Bank of West Central Texas (TX) 92.02 four stars
Community Food Share (CO) 98.91 four stars
Community Table (CO) 92.46 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Food Group
8501 54th Avenue, N
New Hope, MN 55428
tel: (763) 450-3863
fax: (763) 450-3899
EIN: 41-1246504

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Board Leadership

Barb Hilbert
President

CEO

Lori Kratchmer
Executive Director

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