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

Food Finders

Rescuing Food, Ending Hunger

four stars

92.22

10539 Humbolt St. Los Alamitos, CA 90720
tel: (562) 283-1400   Web Site
EIN: 33-0412749

Board Leadership
Shankar Ram
President

CEO
Diana Lara
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.22 four stars
  Financial 89.01 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Food Finders was founded in 1989 to address the disparity between the amount of food being thrown away and the amount of people experiencing hunger daily. Food Finders was quickly formed, and restaurants, grocers and other food vendors were encouraged to donated food overages to local shelters, missions and pantries serving people in need. The organization grew from serving local Long Beach nonprofits to one that now serves much of Southern California, with more than 350 nonprofit partners, over 700 food donors and an average of 11 million pounds of food rescued annually to address hunger and reduce food waste.

Food Finders was founded in 1989 to address the disparity between the amount of food being thrown away and the amount of people experiencing hunger daily. Food Finders was quickly formed, and restaurants, grocers and other food vendors were encouraged to donated food overages to local shelters, missions and pantries serving people in need. The organization grew from serving local Long Beach nonprofits to one that now serves much of Southern California, with more than 350 nonprofit partners, over 700 food donors and an average of 11 million pounds of food rescued annually to address hunger and reduce food waste.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2019
Total pounds of food rescued
11,373,900
This impact information is current as of August 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

89.01

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
98.2%
  Administrative Expenses 0.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.04
  Program Expenses Growth 7.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food Finders on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food Finders on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Finders (CA) 92.22 four stars
Interfaith Food Pantry (NJ) 95.43 four stars
Second Harvest Foodbank of the Mahoning Valley (OH) 94.82 four stars
Lowcountry Food Bank (SC) 90.85 four stars
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida (FL) 94.69 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $17,165,172
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $5,700
   Fundraising Events $142,344
   Related Organizations $2,366
   Government Grants $61,058
Total Contributions $17,376,640
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $17,376,640
   Other Revenue $12,755
TOTAL REVENUE $17,389,395
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $17,017,533
   Administrative Expenses $174,550
   Fundraising Expenses $125,926
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $17,318,009
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $71,386
   
Net Assets $657,086

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
Food Distribution $17,017,533 100.0%

Ratings History
Food Finders has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 04/01/2020 92.22 four stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 90.85 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 90.31 four stars
2015-12 05/01/2017 89.52 three stars
2014-12 07/01/2016 87.65 three stars
2013-12 06/01/2016 87.54 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 80.55 three stars
2012-12 02/01/2014 80.36 three stars
2011-12 04/01/2013 80.44 three stars
2010-12 03/01/2012 78.93 two stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 79.20 two 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 33-0412749
Name in IRS Master File FOOD FINDERS 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 (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
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 July, 1990
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$69,992 0.40% Patricia A. Larson Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Finders (CA) 92.22 four stars
Heartland Hope Mission (NE) 96.66 four stars
Central California Food Bank (CA) 89.56 three stars
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley (CA) 93.96 four stars
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (OK) 93.64 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Food Finders
10539 Humbolt St.
Los Alamitos, CA 90720
tel: (562) 283-1400
EIN: 33-0412749

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Board Leadership

Shankar Ram
President

CEO

Diana Lara
Executive Director

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