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

Nourish Pierce County

Food bank for healthier futures

three stars

89.39

1702 South 72nd Street Tacoma, WA 98408
tel: (253) 383-3164   Web Site
EIN: 91-1198391

Board Leadership
Jennifer Veal
Board President

CEO
Sue Potter
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.39 three stars
  Financial 85.00 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.

For more than forty years Nourish (formerly FISH Food Banks) has provided a lifeline of support to its clients. Our mission is to provide nutritious food and support services to people in need with compassion, dignity and respect. Nourish lives out this mission by allowing each one of the 60,000+ people served in 2017 to shop for his or her own food with dignity. Each food bank is set up like a grocery store, lined with pasta and fresh produce. The staff and volunteers show respect for a client's privacy by not asking too many invasive questions. And people experience compassion by knowing that no one will be turned away hungry.

For more than forty years Nourish (formerly FISH Food Banks) has provided a lifeline of support to its clients. Our mission is to provide nutritious food and support services to people in need with compassion, dignity and respect. Nourish lives out this mission by allowing each one of the 60,000+ people served in 2017 to shop for his or her own food with dignity. Each food bank is set up like a grocery store, lined with pasta and fresh produce. The staff and volunteers show respect for a client's privacy by not asking too many invasive questions. And people experience compassion by knowing that no one will be turned away hungry.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Food Bank and Mobile Food Bank
Program Name: Food Bank and Mobile Food Bank

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
Nourish Pierce County provides groceries to beneficiaries.
Impact Statement
$0.40 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 Nourish Pierce County.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Nourish Pierce County 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 Nourish Pierce County’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

three stars

85.00

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)
95.7%
  Administrative Expenses 2.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.19
  Program Expenses Growth -2.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Nourish Pierce County on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Nourish Pierce County on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Nourish Pierce County (WA) 89.39 three stars
Target Hunger (TX) 89.50 three stars
Center for Food Action in New Jersey (NJ) 87.74 three stars
Middle Georgia Community Food Bank (GA) 87.83 three stars
Harvest Hope Food Bank (SC) 85.61 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $10,636,901
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $132,590
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $243,110
Total Contributions $11,012,601
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $11,012,601
   Other Revenue $-11,403
TOTAL REVENUE $11,001,198
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $10,728,035
   Administrative Expenses $328,253
   Fundraising Expenses $203,411
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,259,699
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-258,501
   
Net Assets $2,258,051

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
2019-12 12/01/2020 89.39 three stars
2018-12 09/03/2019 88.27 three stars
2017-12 05/01/2019 92.20 four stars
2017-12 10/01/2018 90.36 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 91-1198391
Name in IRS Master File NOURISH PIERCE COUNTY
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
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
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
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 May, 1983
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$99,274 0.88% Sue Potter Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Nourish Pierce County (WA) 89.39 three stars
Ballard Food Bank (WA) 86.47 three stars
Greater Lansing Food Bank (MI) 90.52 four stars
High Plains Food Bank (TX) 96.51 four stars
Food for People (CA) 93.00 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Nourish Pierce County
1702 South 72nd Street
Tacoma, WA 98408
tel: (253) 383-3164
EIN: 91-1198391

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Board Leadership

Jennifer Veal
Board President

CEO

Sue Potter
Executive Director

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