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

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc.

Fighting hunger, feeding hope

four stars

92.61

724 North Cage Boulevard Pharr, TX 78502
tel: (956) 682-8101   Web Site
EIN: 74-2421560

Board Leadership
Jeana R. Long
President

CEO
DeAnne Economedes
Interim CEO & COO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.61 four stars
  Financial 90.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. was founded in 1983 by Rev. Ted and Martha Knies in Pharr, TX. The Valley had just been hit with a devastating freeze and Rev. and Mrs. Knies wanted to help the families affected by this event. Today, the Food Bank RGV has grown to become the 36th largest food bank in terms of distribution in the nation and the 5th largest in the state of Texas. We currently serve the counties of Starr, Hidalgo, Cameron, and Willacy.

The Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. was founded in 1983 by Rev. Ted and Martha Knies in Pharr, TX. The Valley had just been hit with a devastating freeze and Rev. and Mrs. Knies wanted to help the families affected by this event. Today, the Food Bank RGV has grown to become the 36th largest food bank in terms of distribution in the nation and the 5th largest in the state of Texas. We currently serve the counties of Starr, Hidalgo, Cameron, and Willacy.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Agency Distribution, Emergency Food Program, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Operation Kid Pack, Kids Cafe and Mesa Llena
Program Name: Agency Distribution, Emergency Food Program, Commodity Supplemental Food Program, Operation Kid Pack, Kids Cafe and Mesa Llena

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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
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley 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 Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc..
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley 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 the Rio Grande Valley’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

90.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 11/01/2019 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)
98.6%
  Administrative Expenses 0.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.11
  Program Expenses Growth 32.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 55.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. (TX) 92.61 four stars
FreeStore FoodBank (OH) 93.87 four stars
Foodlink (NY) 90.18 four stars
Feeding America West Michigan Food Bank (MI) 90.89 four stars
Food for People (CA) 92.66 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $87,214,757
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $5,952,709
Total Contributions $93,167,466
   Program Service Revenue $1,103,750
Total Primary Revenue $94,271,216
   Other Revenue $539,783
TOTAL REVENUE $94,810,999
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $94,619,432
   Administrative Expenses $654,388
   Fundraising Expenses $476,956
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $95,750,776
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-939,777
   
Net Assets $9,159,928

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 Distribution $90,331,771 95.5%
Employee Salaries and Benefits $2,257,325 2.4%
Fuel Expense for Transporting Food $539,287 0.6%

Ratings History
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 11/01/2019 92.61 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 90.94 four stars
2016-06 09/01/2017 95.87 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 96.66 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 95.47 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 96.97 four stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 90.65 four stars
2012-06 10/01/2013 85.32 three stars
2011-06 09/01/2012 86.54 three stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 84.20 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 03/01/2011 79.52 two stars
2008-09 03/01/2010 80.02 three stars
2007-09 12/01/2008 82.79 three stars
2006-09 02/01/2008 84.51 three stars
2005-09 02/01/2007 84.98 three stars
2004-09 11/01/2005 84.34 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 74-2421560
Name in IRS Master File FOOD BANK OF THE RIO GRANDE VALLEY INC
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 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 August, 1986
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$109,855 0.11% Deanna Economedes Interim CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc. (TX) 92.61 four stars
Capital Area Food Bank (DC) 90.47 four stars
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin (WI) 92.09 four stars
Lakeview Pantry (IL) 89.70 three stars
Central Pennsylvania Food Bank (PA) 98.23 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley, Inc.
724 North Cage Boulevard
Pharr, TX 78502
tel: (956) 682-8101
fax: (956) 682-7921
EIN: 74-2421560

Mail donations to:
P.O. Box 6251
McAllen, TX 78502

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Board Leadership

Jeana R. Long
President

CEO

DeAnne Economedes
Interim CEO & COO

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