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

Helping Harvest

Supplying the charities that feed the hungry.

four stars

91.16

117 Morgan Drive Reading, PA 19608
tel: (610) 926-5802   Web Site
EIN: 22-2456238

Board Leadership
Josh Weiss
President

CEO
Jay Worrall
President

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.16 four stars
  Financial 87.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Helping Harvest works to feed the hungry by acquiring and distributing food to people in need. Helping Harvest collects, purchases, stores, and distributes over seven million pounds of food annually to the more than 300 programs which feed the hungry in Berks and Schuylkill Counties.

Helping Harvest works to feed the hungry by acquiring and distributing food to people in need. Helping Harvest collects, purchases, stores, and distributes over seven million pounds of food annually to the more than 300 programs which feed the hungry in Berks and Schuylkill Counties.

Impact Information

This charity has reported a measure of cost-effectiveness: how much impact (per dollar) your donation will have on the charity's social outcome. The cost-effectiveness calculation was performed using protocols developed by ImpactMatters, an independent auditor of philanthropic impact.

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Program Name: Helping Harvest
Program Activities
Helping Harvest primarily collects, warehouses and distributes food to front-line organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens. It also manages smaller programs that provide groceries directly to beneficiaries.
Impact Statement
$1 provides a meal to a person in need.
Impact Assessment
5/5
Assessment Benchmark
Impact assessments 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 a 5/5 assessment if they are less than 75% the cost of a meal and a 4/5 assessment if they are less than 125%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a 3/5 assessment.
Methodology
ImpactMatters analyzed publicly available data to rate the cost-effectiveness of Helping Harvest.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Helping Harvest 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 Helping Harvest’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 June 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

three stars

87.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2020 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)
96.3%
  Administrative Expenses 2.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.43
  Program Expenses Growth -2.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 9.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Helping Harvest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Helping Harvest on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Helping Harvest (PA) 91.16 four stars
Second Harvest Heartland (MN) 87.24 three stars
Circle Of Concern (MO) 85.02 three stars
United Food Bank (AZ) 87.91 three stars
Central Texas Food Bank (TX) 95.87 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $8,486,204
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,908,949
Total Contributions $10,395,153
   Program Service Revenue $659,307
Total Primary Revenue $11,054,460
   Other Revenue $133,547
TOTAL REVENUE $11,188,007
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,039,714
   Administrative Expenses $294,627
   Fundraising Expenses $204,511
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $11,538,852
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-350,845
   
Net Assets $5,514,353

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 $10,168,738 92.1%
Commodity Supplemental Food Program $456,781 4.1%
Backpack Program $414,195 3.8%

Ratings History
Helping Harvest has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 03/01/2020 91.16 four stars
2017-12 08/01/2019 91.65 four stars
2016-12 03/01/2018 95.50 four stars
2015-12 09/01/2017 95.47 four stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 91.45 four 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 22-2456238
Name in IRS Master File GREATER BERKS FOOD BANK
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
(994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
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 August, 1983
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, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title Compensation from Affiliates
Not compensated -- Margaret Bianca Executive Director $111,353

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Helping Harvest (PA) 91.16 four stars
Mid-Ohio Foodbank (OH) 93.07 four stars
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin (WI) 98.23 four stars
Montana Food Bank Network (MT) 96.46 four stars
Atlanta Community Food Bank (GA) 91.01 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Helping Harvest
117 Morgan Drive
Reading, PA 19608
tel: (610) 926-5802
fax: (610) 926-7638
EIN: 22-2456238

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Board Leadership

Josh Weiss
President

CEO

Jay Worrall
President

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