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

Food Bank of Northwest Indiana

Fighting Hunger. Building Hope.

four stars

92.55

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 92.55 four stars
  Financial 90.26 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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 & Results Score

Score
75/100
Program Name: Member Agencies, Summer Food Service Program, BackPack Program, Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Mobile Marketplace
Program Name: Member Agencies, Summer Food Service Program, BackPack Program, Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Mobile Marketplace

Note: The Impact & Results score currently has no effect on the nonprofit's Star Rating.

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
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.
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 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 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

90.26

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
93.4%
  Administrative Expenses 4.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.40
  Program Expenses Growth 4.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 11.2%
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) 92.55 four stars
Coastal Bend Food Bank (TX) 97.17 four stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania (PA) 91.16 four stars
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri (MO) 91.81 four stars
Maryland Food Bank (MD) 85.48 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $5,062,217
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $7,804,638
Total Contributions $12,866,855
   Program Service Revenue $64,908
Total Primary Revenue $12,931,763
   Other Revenue $399,094
TOTAL REVENUE $13,330,857
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $11,475,725
   Administrative Expenses $524,299
   Fundraising Expenses $245,576
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $12,245,600
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,085,257
   
Net Assets $4,564,046

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
2019-12 06/01/2021 92.55 four stars
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)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2018
  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$13,885 0.11% Victor Garcia President & CEO
Other Salaries of Note
$76,650 0.62% Stephen Beekman Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Bank of Northwest Indiana (IN) 92.55 four stars
Midwest Food Bank, NFP (IL) 96.46 four stars
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin (WI) 92.09 four stars
Community FoodBank of New Jersey (NJ) 90.39 four stars
Anne Arundel County Food Bank (MD) 96.66 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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