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

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes

Promoting a hunger-free community since 1982

four stars

90.00

901 Portage Street Kalamazoo, MI 49001
tel: (269) 488-2617   Web Site
EIN: 38-2420575

Board Leadership
2019 KLF BOARD OFFICERS Herb Boyer
President

CEO
Jennifer Johnson
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.00 four stars
  Financial 88.34 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes was organized in 1982 by several downtown churches concerned about increasing requests from people for food assistance. The congregations joined together to share resources and create an organized response to local hunger and formed Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes. Over the years, the number of congregations involved increased and food distribution sites expanded. Although the Grocery Pantry Program is still the largest of KLF's programs, we work with others to provide prepared meal support, senior commodity programs, agency food support, food packs for children, and other community food programs. KLF is the largest charitable food distribution system in Kalamazoo County. We work hard to promote a hunger-free community through programs and advocacy work.

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes was organized in 1982 by several downtown churches concerned about increasing requests from people for food assistance. The congregations joined together to share resources and create an organized response to local hunger and formed Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes. Over the years, the number of congregations involved increased and food distribution sites expanded. Although the Grocery Pantry Program is still the largest of KLF's programs, we work with others to provide prepared meal support, senior commodity programs, agency food support, food packs for children, and other community food programs. KLF is the largest charitable food distribution system in Kalamazoo County. We work hard to promote a hunger-free community through programs and advocacy work.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Grocery Pantry Program, Weekend Food Pack Program, Mobile Food Initiative, Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Agency Support Program
Program Name: Grocery Pantry Program, Weekend Food Pack Program, Mobile Food Initiative, Commodity Supplemental Food Program and Agency Support Program

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
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes 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
$0.80 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 Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes 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 Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes’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

three stars

88.34

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 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)
89.9%
  Administrative Expenses 6.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.87
  Program Expenses Growth 4.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $6,076,371
   Federated Campaigns $9,085
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $118,740
Total Contributions $6,204,196
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $6,204,196
   Other Revenue $56,767
TOTAL REVENUE $6,260,963
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $5,267,035
   Administrative Expenses $345,381
   Fundraising Expenses $222,314
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $5,834,730
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $426,233
   
Net Assets $5,197,960

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$78,029 1.33% Jennifer Johnson Executive Director

Mission

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes was organized in 1982 by several downtown churches concerned about increasing requests from people for food assistance. The congregations joined together to share resources and create an organized response to local hunger and formed Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes. Over the years, the number of congregations involved increased and food distribution sites expanded. Although the Grocery Pantry Program is still the largest of KLF's programs, we work with others to provide prepared meal support, senior commodity programs, agency food support, food packs for children, and other community food programs. KLF is the largest charitable food distribution system in Kalamazoo County. We work hard to promote a hunger-free community through programs and advocacy work.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes (MI) 90.00 four stars
All Faiths Food Bank (FL) 96.66 four stars
Sunshine Division, Inc. (OR) 93.91 four stars
Eastern Illinois Foodbank (IL) 92.92 four stars
Metro Caring (CO) 91.45 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes
901 Portage Street
Kalamazoo, MI 49001
tel: (269) 488-2617
EIN: 38-2420575

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Board Leadership

2019 KLF BOARD OFFICERS Herb Boyer
President

CEO

Jennifer Johnson
Executive Director