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

Forgotten Harvest

Driving hunger from our community since 1990

four stars

93.79

21800 Greenfield Road Oak Park, MI 48237
tel: (248) 967-1500   Web Site
EIN: 38-2926476

Board Leadership
Richard DiBartolomeo
Chairman

CEO
Kirk Mayes
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.79 four stars
  Financial 91.23 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Forgotten Harvest is dedicated to relieving hunger in metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste. Established in 1990, Forgotten Harvest rescues fresh food from 800 donors, including wholesalers, farmers, dairies, and 267 grocery stores. This food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered at no charge to 257 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and mobile pantries serving food-insecure families and individuals across metro Detroit. During fiscal year 2015 - 2016, Forgotten Harvest rescued and distributed 42.3 million pounds of food.

Forgotten Harvest is dedicated to relieving hunger in metro Detroit and preventing nutritious food waste. Established in 1990, Forgotten Harvest rescues fresh food from 800 donors, including wholesalers, farmers, dairies, and 267 grocery stores. This food, which would otherwise go to waste, is delivered at no charge to 257 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and mobile pantries serving food-insecure families and individuals across metro Detroit. During fiscal year 2015 - 2016, Forgotten Harvest rescued and distributed 42.3 million pounds of food.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Agency Distribution, Mobile Pantry and Youth Food Programs
Program Name: Agency Distribution, Mobile Pantry and Youth Food Programs

Note: The Impact & Results score currently has no effect on the nonprofit's Star Rating.

The Impact & Results score is a measure of how well a nonprofit delivers on its stated mission. To issue a score, Charity Navigator estimates the actual impact the nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact. Learn more about our Impact & Results methodology here.

Program Activities
Forgotten Harvest primarily collects, warehouses and distributes food to front-line organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens. It also manages smaller programs that serve meals and provide groceries directly to beneficiaries.
Impact Statement
$2 provides a meal to a person in need.
Assessment Benchmark
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 threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a score of 50.
Methodology
ImpactMatters analyzed publicly available data to rate the cost-effectiveness of Forgotten Harvest.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Forgotten Harvest publicly reports the amount of food it provides.
Method for Attributing 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 Forgotten Harvest’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.
Details
Analysis conducted by ImpactMatters and published on November 22, 2019.
This impact information is current as of September 2020, when it was provided to us by ImpactMatters. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

91.23

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
95.7%
  Administrative Expenses 1.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.20
  Program Expenses Growth 1.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Forgotten Harvest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Forgotten Harvest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Forgotten Harvest (MI) 93.79 four stars
Center for Food Action in New Jersey (NJ) 87.74 three stars
Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine (ME) 95.44 four stars
Feeding Southwest Virginia (VA) 86.52 three stars
Shared Harvest Foodbank (OH) 89.54 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $84,765,309
   Federated Campaigns $256,557
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $651,355
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,288,690
Total Contributions $86,961,911
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $86,961,911
   Other Revenue $-174,253
TOTAL REVENUE $86,787,658
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $78,601,548
   Administrative Expenses $1,210,930
   Fundraising Expenses $2,208,519
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $82,020,997
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $4,766,661
   
Net Assets $16,718,609

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.

Program Name Amount Spent % of Program Expenses
Transportation of Food to Soup Kitchens $78,601,548 100.0%

Ratings History
Forgotten Harvest has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 11/01/2020 93.79 four stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 90.92 four stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 88.73 three stars
2016-06 07/01/2018 87.62 three stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 85.38 three stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 85.57 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 95.47 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 96.52 four stars
2013-06 11/01/2014 96.16 four stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 96.18 four stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 93.74 four stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 97.82 four stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 97.95 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 96.51 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 07/01/2010 99.64 four stars
2008-06 06/01/2009 97.06 four stars
2007-06 08/01/2008 92.15 four stars
2006-06 08/01/2007 94.70 four 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 38-2926476
Name in IRS Master File FORGOTTEN HARVEST 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
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 October, 1990
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$192,151 0.23% Kirk Mayes Chief Executive Officer

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Forgotten Harvest (MI) 93.79 four stars
Volunteers Enlisted to Assist People (MN) 87.91 three stars
Central California Food Bank (CA) 89.56 three stars
Hidden Harvest (MI) 94.04 four stars
All Faiths Food Bank (FL) 96.46 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Forgotten Harvest
21800 Greenfield Road
Oak Park, MI 48237
tel: (248) 967-1500
fax: (248) 967-1510
EIN: 38-2926476

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Board Leadership

Richard DiBartolomeo
Chairman

CEO

Kirk Mayes
CEO

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