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

The Food Group

Minnesota's free food bank

three stars

89.80

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

Board Leadership
Bob LaBombard
President

CEO
Sophia Lenarz-Coy
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.80 three stars
  Financial 85.58 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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.

Financial

three stars

85.58

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
91.2%
  Administrative Expenses 4.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.05
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.39
  Program Expenses Growth 6.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 25.4%
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) 89.80 three stars
Community Food Share (CO) 96.60 four stars
Virginia Peninsula Foodbank (VA) 92.92 four stars
Mid-South Food Bank (TN) 98.23 four stars
Center for Food Action in New Jersey (NJ) 87.74 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,614,547
   Federated Campaigns $99,847
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,546,251
Total Contributions $8,260,645
   Program Service Revenue $3,412,832
Total Primary Revenue $11,673,477
   Other Revenue $235,249
TOTAL REVENUE $11,908,726
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,297,874
   Administrative Expenses $530,516
   Fundraising Expenses $378,341
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,206,731
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $701,995
   
Net Assets $4,323,428

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
2019-09 12/01/2020 89.80 three stars
2018-09 09/03/2019 90.99 four stars
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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$144,253 1.28% Lori Thorp Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Food Group (MN) 89.80 three stars
Feeding San Diego (CA) 89.76 three stars
Ballard Food Bank (WA) 86.47 three stars
Flathead Food Bank (MT) 89.36 three stars
Forgotten Harvest (MI) 93.79 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

Bob LaBombard
President

CEO

Sophia Lenarz-Coy
Executive Director

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