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

The River Food Pantry, Inc

Connecting community to compassion

four stars

95.86

2201 Darwin Road Madison, WI 53704
tel: (608) 442-8815   Web Site
EIN: 20-4179749

Board Leadership
Jennifer Zisser
President

CEO
Rhonda Adams
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.86 four stars
  Financial 94.15 four 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.

Serving Dane County since 2006, The River Food Pantry provides food, resources and faith to build a stronger community. Services include free groceries and fully prepared meals, as well as free mobile lunches for children and teens on non-school days. The River also offers delivery to those who have no other means to get food. As the area's busiest food pantry, The River serves over 1,000 households every week in pursuit of its vision: a fully nourished community.

Serving Dane County since 2006, The River Food Pantry provides food, resources and faith to build a stronger community. Services include free groceries and fully prepared meals, as well as free mobile lunches for children and teens on non-school days. The River also offers delivery to those who have no other means to get food. As the area's busiest food pantry, The River serves over 1,000 households every week in pursuit of its vision: a fully nourished community.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Market, Community Meals and Madison Unites to Nourish Children at Home
Program Name: Market, Community Meals and Madison Unites to Nourish Children at Home

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
River Food Pantry primarily provides groceries to beneficiaries. It also prepares and serves meals to beneficiaries.
Impact Statement
$0.70 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 The River Food Pantry.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. River Food Pantry 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 River Food Pantry’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

94.15

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)
95.6%
  Administrative Expenses 2.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.17
  Program Expenses Growth 7.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The River Food Pantry, Inc on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The River Food Pantry, Inc on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The River Food Pantry, Inc (WI) 95.86 four stars
Table To Table Inc (NJ) 98.23 four stars
Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana (LA) 98.23 four stars
The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County (CT) 87.62 three stars
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano (CA) 92.22 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,576,974
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $31,573
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,608,547
   Program Service Revenue $12,781
Total Primary Revenue $6,621,328
   Other Revenue $15,035
TOTAL REVENUE $6,636,363
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,866,065
   Administrative Expenses $219,630
   Fundraising Expenses $78,619
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,164,314
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $472,049
   
Net Assets $1,082,916

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 Pantry $5,866,065 100.0%

Ratings History
The River Food Pantry, Inc has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 12/01/2020 95.86 four stars
2018-12 07/01/2020 96.46 four stars
2018-12 12/01/2019 95.47 four stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 98.23 four stars
2017-12 11/01/2018 92.02 four stars
2016-12 12/22/2017 89.24 three stars
2015-12 07/01/2017 86.44 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 20-4179749
Name in IRS Master File RIVER FOOD PANTRY
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
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, 2006
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$119,336 1.93% Charles Mclimans CEO/President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The River Food Pantry, Inc (WI) 95.86 four stars
Flathead Food Bank (MT) 88.11 three stars
High Plains Food Bank (TX) 96.51 four stars
Central Illinois Foodbank (IL) 92.92 four stars
Three Square (NV) 96.54 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The River Food Pantry, Inc
2201 Darwin Road
Madison, WI 53704
tel: (608) 442-8815
EIN: 20-4179749

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Board Leadership

Jennifer Zisser
President

CEO

Rhonda Adams
Executive Director

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