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

River Food Pantry

Bringing a message of mercy and hope to those in need by providing nutritional basics and encouragement

three stars

89.24

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

Board Leadership
Andy Czerkas
President

CEO
Charles McLimans
Executive Director

 
 
  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.24 three stars
  Financial 97.50 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 85.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/22/2017 and includes data from FY2016, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The River Food Pantry is Dane County's busiest food pantry, offering free groceries, meals, and clothing to anyone who comes for help. Located in a warehouse just off Northport Drive and Packers Avenue, The River is surrounded by low-income neighborhoods and subsidized senior housing—exactly where we're needed the most. We also provide a mobile lunch program for children and teens in low income neighborhoods surrounding the food pantry. Nutritious packed lunches are distributed in the neighborhoods on weekends and other non-school days. The River feeds more than 600 Dane County families per week, sharing 40 thousand pounds of food every seven days, or about 2 million pounds of food each year. Over $3.6 million in goods and services are distributed annually. We also serve 550+ hot meals each week and currently distribute 300 mobile packed lunches on each non-school day.

The River Food Pantry is Dane County's busiest food pantry, offering free groceries, meals, and clothing to anyone who comes for help. Located in a warehouse just off Northport Drive and Packers Avenue, The River is surrounded by low-income neighborhoods and subsidized senior housing—exactly where we're needed the most. We also provide a mobile lunch program for children and teens in low income neighborhoods surrounding the food pantry. Nutritious packed lunches are distributed in the neighborhoods on weekends and other non-school days. The River feeds more than 600 Dane County families per week, sharing 40 thousand pounds of food every seven days, or about 2 million pounds of food each year. Over $3.6 million in goods and services are distributed annually. We also serve 550+ hot meals each week and currently distribute 300 mobile packed lunches on each non-school day.

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Financial

four stars

97.50

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

85.00

This rating was published 12/22/2017 and includes data from FY2016, 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)
97.0%
  Administrative Expenses 1.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.12
  Program Expenses Growth 20.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by River Food Pantry on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by River Food Pantry on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
River Food Pantry (WI) 89.24 three stars
Food Gatherers (MI) 98.23 four stars
SeaGate Food Bank (OH) 86.51 three stars
Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine (ME) 93.98 four stars
River Bend Foodbank (IA) 100.00 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $4,868,849
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $58,604
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $4,927,453
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $4,927,453
   Other Revenue $32,181
TOTAL REVENUE $4,959,634
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $4,768,103
   Administrative Expenses $81,835
   Fundraising Expenses $83,930
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $4,933,868
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $25,766
   
Net Assets $542,242

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 $4,744,748 99.5%
River Bakery $23,355 0.5%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 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
$23,341 0.47% Jenny Czerkas Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
River Food Pantry (WI) 89.24 three stars
Food Bank of Northeast Georgia (GA) 87.30 three stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (CA) 94.31 four stars
Missoula Food Bank (MT) 92.74 four stars
SeaShare (WA) 89.24 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

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

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Board Leadership

Andy Czerkas
President

CEO

Charles McLimans
Executive Director

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