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

The River Food Pantry

Connecting community to compassion

four stars

95.47

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

Board Leadership
Jennifer Zisser
President

CEO
Charles McLimans
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.47 four stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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, meals and clothing, as well as free mobile lunches for children and teens on non-school days. 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.

The River shares 65,000 pounds of food every week, or about 2 million pounds of food each year. In 2018, The River served over 36,000 hot community meals and distributed over 71,000 mobile lunches to children and teens in eight low-income communities.

Serving Dane County since 2006, The River Food Pantry provides food, resources and faith to build a stronger community. Services include free groceries, meals and clothing, as well as free mobile lunches for children and teens on non-school days. 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.

The River shares 65,000 pounds of food every week, or about 2 million pounds of food each year. In 2018, The River served over 36,000 hot community meals and distributed over 71,000 mobile lunches to children and teens in eight low-income communities.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
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Total in 2018
Pounds of clothing donated
204,088
Number of meals delivered
81,904
Number of food donation partners
34
Number of meals served or provided
39,984
Number of volunteers
2,966
Total number of volunteer hours contributed to the organization
49,145
Number of clients served
6,863
This impact information is current as of October 2019, 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

four stars

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 12/01/2019 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)
96.0%
  Administrative Expenses 2.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.10
  Program Expenses Growth 12.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.4%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The River Food Pantry on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The River Food Pantry on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The River Food Pantry (WI) 95.47 four stars
Food Pantry of Waukesha County (WI) 87.96 three stars
Shared Harvest Foodbank (OH) 86.64 three stars
South Plains Food Bank (TX) 90.67 four stars
Coastal Bend Food Bank (TX) 92.02 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,260,426
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $135,039
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $6,395,465
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $6,395,465
   Other Revenue $20,384
TOTAL REVENUE $6,415,849
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $6,101,296
   Administrative Expenses $178,698
   Fundraising Expenses $105,428
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $6,385,422
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $30,427
   
Net Assets $610,867

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 $6,101,296 100.0%

Ratings History
The River Food Pantry has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$115,231 1.80% Charles Mclimans CEO/President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The River Food Pantry (WI) 95.47 four stars
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes (MI) 90.00 four stars
America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend (FL) 92.92 four stars
Food Bank for the Heartland (NE) 95.89 four stars
Weld Food Bank (CO) 98.44 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

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

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Board Leadership

Jennifer Zisser
President

CEO

Charles McLimans
President & CEO

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