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

Food Bank of Northwest Indiana

Fighting Hunger. Building Hope.

three stars

85.85

6490 Broadway Merrillville, IN 46410
tel: (219) 980-1777   Web Site
EIN: 35-1528285

Board Leadership
Bob Lowry
President

CEO
Victor Garcia
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.85 three stars
  Financial 80.00 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is to feed people today, and end hunger tomorrow by inspiring and collaborating with our community. The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana has been providing critical food assistance to individuals and families in need since 1982, and is the only food bank serving Lake and Porter Counties.

The mission of the Food Bank of Northwest Indiana is to feed people today, and end hunger tomorrow by inspiring and collaborating with our community. The Food Bank of Northwest Indiana has been providing critical food assistance to individuals and families in need since 1982, and is the only food bank serving Lake and Porter 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: Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
Program Activities
Food Bank of Northwest Indiana primarily collects, warehouses and distributes food to front-line organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens. It also manages smaller programs that serve meals and provide groceries directly to beneficiaries.
Impact Statement
$2 provides a meal to a person in need.
Impact Assessment
4/5
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 Food Bank of Northwest Indiana.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Food Bank of Northwest Indiana 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 Food Bank of Northwest Indiana’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

80.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

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)
93.3%
  Administrative Expenses 4.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.32
  Program Expenses Growth -2.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 20.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food Bank of Northwest Indiana on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food Bank of Northwest Indiana on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Bank of Northwest Indiana (IN) 85.85 three stars
Feeding South Florida (FL) 92.92 four stars
Rock River Valley Pantry (IL) 88.35 three stars
Farmers and Hunters Feeding the Hungry (MD) 87.42 three stars
Idaho Foodbank (ID) 96.39 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,116,037
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,956,095
Total Contributions $10,072,132
   Program Service Revenue $61,637
Total Primary Revenue $10,133,769
   Other Revenue $1,000,474
TOTAL REVENUE $11,134,243
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $9,657,226
   Administrative Expenses $521,435
   Fundraising Expenses $200,188
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $10,378,849
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $755,394
   
Net Assets $3,477,395

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.

Due to an error on this organization's Form 990, we are unable to display program information.

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 04/01/2020 85.85 three stars
2018-12 02/01/2020 84.76 three stars
2017-12 12/01/2018 83.77 three stars
2016-12 02/01/2018 86.41 three stars
2015-12 08/01/2017 88.51 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 35-1528285
Name in IRS Master File FOOD BANK OF NORTHWEST INDIANA INC
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 (560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
(603) Non-financial services of facilities to other organizations
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 May, 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
$81,000 0.78% Stephen Beekman Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Bank of Northwest Indiana (IN) 85.85 three stars
Wichita Falls Area Food Bank (TX) 91.16 four stars
The Food Group (MN) 90.99 four stars
FOOD Share (CA) 93.91 four stars
Chattanooga Area Food Bank (TN) 90.39 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Food Bank of Northwest Indiana
6490 Broadway
Merrillville, IN 46410
tel: (219) 980-1777
EIN: 35-1528285

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Board Leadership

Bob Lowry
President

CEO

Victor Garcia
Executive Director

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