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

Northwest Arkansas Food Bank

Nourishing NWA communities by feeding hungry people

three stars

83.35

1378 June Self Drive Bethel Heights, AR 72764
tel: (479) 872-8774   Web Site
EIN: 71-0680830

Board Leadership
Bert Kell
Board Chair

CEO
Kent Eikenberry
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 83.35 three stars
  Financial 95.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 77.00 two stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank was founded in 1988 to serve four Northwest Arkansas counties by providing an affordable and credible food source to our partner agencies serving the hungry. The NWA Food Bank currently has about 160 partner agencies ranging from food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and many more. In 2016 we distributed over 11.4 million pounds of food to these partners.

The Northwest Arkansas Food Bank was founded in 1988 to serve four Northwest Arkansas counties by providing an affordable and credible food source to our partner agencies serving the hungry. The NWA Food Bank currently has about 160 partner agencies ranging from food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, and many more. In 2016 we distributed over 11.4 million pounds of food to these partners.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Partner Agency, Mobile Pantry and Emergency Boxes
Program Name: Partner Agency, Mobile Pantry and Emergency Boxes

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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
Northwest Arkansas Food Bank 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.
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 Northwest Arkansas Food Bank.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Northwest Arkansas Food Bank 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 Northwest Arkansas Food Bank’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

95.00

Accountability & Transparency

two stars

77.00

This rating was published 04/01/2020 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)
94.8%
  Administrative Expenses 2.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.20
  Program Expenses Growth 11.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Northwest Arkansas Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Northwest Arkansas Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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How is the organization collecting feedback?
Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc), Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Constituent (client or resident, etc) advisory committees
How is the organization using feedback?
To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, It is difficult to identify actionable feedback
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Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Northwest Arkansas Food Bank (AR) 83.35 three stars
Food Bank for Monterey County (CA) 88.07 three stars
Feeding Westchester (NY) 88.01 three stars
Food for Others (VA) 89.39 three stars
FOOD Share (CA) 95.00 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $17,060,013
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $106,929
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $17,166,942
   Program Service Revenue $1,524,048
Total Primary Revenue $18,690,990
   Other Revenue $-611
TOTAL REVENUE $18,690,379
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $17,769,296
   Administrative Expenses $433,927
   Fundraising Expenses $653,810
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $18,857,033
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-166,654
   
Net Assets $3,836,198

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
Collection and Distribution of Food Items $17,769,296 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 04/01/2020 83.35 three stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 83.35 three stars
2016-12 07/01/2018 78.78 two stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 83.73 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 71-0680830
Name in IRS Master File NORTHWEST ARKANSAS 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
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 December, 1989
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
$122,365 0.64% Kent Eikenberry President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Northwest Arkansas Food Bank (AR) 83.35 three stars
Arkansas Foodbank (AR) 94.02 four stars
Fredericksburg Area Food Bank (VA) 91.71 four stars
Facing Hunger (WV) 94.81 four stars
Greater Cleveland Food Bank (OH) 87.37 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Northwest Arkansas Food Bank
1378 June Self Drive
Bethel Heights, AR 72764
tel: (479) 872-8774
fax: (479) 872-8777
EIN: 71-0680830

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Board Leadership

Bert Kell
Board Chair

CEO

Kent Eikenberry
President, CEO

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