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

Capital Area Food Bank

Distributing food, and educating, empowering and enlightening the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition.

four stars

90.47

4900 Puerto Rico Ave. NE Washington, DC 20017
tel: (202) 644-9800   Web Site
EIN: 52-1167581

Board Leadership
Peter Schnall
Chairman

CEO
Radha Muthiah
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.47 four stars
  Financial 86.87 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 using data provided by the charity on a consolidated pro forma 990 which was verified against 990s received from the IRS.

The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) is the largest public, non-profit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The mission of the CAFB is to feed those who suffer from hunger in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area by acquiring food and distributing it through our network of member agencies; and to educate, empower and enlighten the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition. Each year the CAFB distributes 20 million pounds of food, including six million pounds of fresh produce through over 700 partner agencies.

The Capital Area Food Bank (CAFB) is the largest public, non-profit hunger and nutrition education resource in the Washington Metropolitan Area. The mission of the CAFB is to feed those who suffer from hunger in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area by acquiring food and distributing it through our network of member agencies; and to educate, empower and enlighten the community about the issues of hunger and nutrition. Each year the CAFB distributes 20 million pounds of food, including six million pounds of fresh produce through over 700 partner agencies.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Food Assistance Partner Programs and Direct Distribution Programs
Program Name: Food Assistance Partner Programs and Direct Distribution Programs

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
Capital Area Food Bank 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 Capital Area Food Bank.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Capital Area 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 Capital Area 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

three stars

86.87

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

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)
93.8%
  Administrative Expenses 3.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.69
  Program Expenses Growth 2.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Capital Area Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Capital Area Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Capital Area Food Bank (DC) 90.47 four stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee (TN) 92.32 four stars
Greater Cleveland Food Bank (OH) 85.50 three stars
Food Bank of Alaska (AK) 91.98 four stars
Flathead Food Bank (MT) 89.36 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $63,176,705
   Federated Campaigns $497,166
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $578,529
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,277,939
Total Contributions $68,530,339
   Program Service Revenue $2,334,239
Total Primary Revenue $70,864,578
   Other Revenue $718,955
TOTAL REVENUE $71,583,533
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $68,209,212
   Administrative Expenses $2,343,328
   Fundraising Expenses $1,943,624
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $72,496,164
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-912,631
   
Net Assets $50,151,062

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 Resourcing $37,163,218 54.5%
Government Distributions $15,132,273 22.2%
Community Direct Distributions $12,818,856 18.8%

Ratings History
Capital Area Food Bank has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 90.47 four stars
2017-06 11/01/2018 90.15 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 52-1167581
Name in IRS Master File CAPITAL AREA FOOD BANK
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 (602) Gifts, grants, or loans to other organizations
(560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
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 January, 1980
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$241,372 0.33% Nancy E. Roman President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Capital Area Food Bank (DC) 90.47 four stars
Maryland Food Bank (MD) 85.48 three stars
Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico (NM) 89.57 three stars
Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin (WI) 90.73 four stars
River Bend Foodbank (IA) 98.23 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Capital Area Food Bank
4900 Puerto Rico Ave. NE
Washington, DC 20017
tel: (202) 644-9800
fax: (202) 529-1767
EIN: 52-1167581

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Board Leadership

Peter Schnall
Chairman

CEO

Radha Muthiah
President, CEO

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