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

Food Finders

Rescuing Food, Ending Hunger

four stars

90.85

3744 North Industry Ave. #401 Lakewood , CA 90712
tel: (562) 283-1400   Web Site
EIN: 33-0412749

Board Leadership
Gary Burkard
President

CEO
Patti Larson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.85 four stars
  Financial 87.06 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Food Finders was founded in 1989 by Arlene Mercer, who was concerned about the amount of food being thrown away rather than donated by local food merchants and grocers. Inspired to end the waste, she began forming liaisons with local vendors and seeking shelters that could use good, wholesome food to feed needy and impoverished families, children and elderly. Food Finders was quickly formed, and from there the kitchen-table business grew into what is now a multi-regional food bank that helps provide daily meals to more than 280 agencies and shelters throughout Southern California. Food Finders, which has grown to 9 employees and more than 300 volunteers, has rescued more than 121 million pounds of food to date, in addition to referring thousands of families to local shelters and agencies where meals are provided.

Food Finders was founded in 1989 by Arlene Mercer, who was concerned about the amount of food being thrown away rather than donated by local food merchants and grocers. Inspired to end the waste, she began forming liaisons with local vendors and seeking shelters that could use good, wholesome food to feed needy and impoverished families, children and elderly. Food Finders was quickly formed, and from there the kitchen-table business grew into what is now a multi-regional food bank that helps provide daily meals to more than 280 agencies and shelters throughout Southern California. Food Finders, which has grown to 9 employees and more than 300 volunteers, has rescued more than 121 million pounds of food to date, in addition to referring thousands of families to local shelters and agencies where meals are provided.

Financial

three stars

87.06

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 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)
98.2%
  Administrative Expenses 0.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.03
  Program Expenses Growth 6.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 7.1%
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) 90.85 four stars
Midwest Food Bank, NFP (IL) 94.69 four stars
Interfaith Food Pantry (NJ) 94.06 four stars
Wichita Falls Area Food Bank (TX) 93.08 four stars
Circle Of Concern (MO) 88.01 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $16,686,292
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $13,950
   Fundraising Events $110,506
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $45,500
Total Contributions $16,856,248
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $16,856,248
   Other Revenue $581
TOTAL REVENUE $16,856,829
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $16,341,842
   Administrative Expenses $165,176
   Fundraising Expenses $117,459
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $16,624,477
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $232,352
   
Net Assets $586,893

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 $16,341,842 100.0%

Ratings History
Food Finders has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012

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

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$56,276 0.33% Patricia A. Larson Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Finders (CA) 90.85 four stars
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. (TX) 90.94 four stars
Food Bank of Northern Nevada (NV) 89.93 three stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana (IN) 92.38 four stars
Yad Ezra (MI) 88.07 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Food Finders
3744 North Industry Ave. #401
Lakewood , CA 90712
tel: (562) 283-1400
EIN: 33-0412749

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Board Leadership

Gary Burkard
President

CEO

Patti Larson
Executive Director

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