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

Food Lifeline

Hunger Doesn't Have to Happen

four stars

92.92

815 S 96th Street Seattle, WA 98108
tel: (877) 404-7543   Web Site
EIN: 91-1090450

Board Leadership
Chris Blanton
Chair

CEO
Linda Nageotte
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.92 four stars
  Financial 90.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Food Lifeline has been working to end hunger in Western Washington for more than 40 years and is the largest hunger-relief organization in Washington State. By using 96% of our revenue to feed people facing hunger, we are efficient, effective, and make the most of every donation. Food Lifeline provides nutritious food to hundreds of thousands of people facing hunger every year by sourcing nutritious food from a variety of food industry partners.

Last year, Food Lifeline distributed more than 58 million pounds of food to our network of more than 300 local food banks, meal programs, and shelters. Food Lifeline partners with large-scale food producers, retailers, and distributors to ensure that unmarketable but still edible and nutritious food ends up in the hands of people facing hunger rather than going to waste.

Food Lifeline has been working to end hunger in Western Washington for more than 40 years and is the largest hunger-relief organization in Washington State. By using 96% of our revenue to feed people facing hunger, we are efficient, effective, and make the most of every donation. Food Lifeline provides nutritious food to hundreds of thousands of people facing hunger every year by sourcing nutritious food from a variety of food industry partners.

Last year, Food Lifeline distributed more than 58 million pounds of food to our network of more than 300 local food banks, meal programs, and shelters. Food Lifeline partners with large-scale food producers, retailers, and distributors to ensure that unmarketable but still edible and nutritious food ends up in the hands of people facing hunger rather than going to waste.

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 Lifeline
Program Activities
Food Lifeline collects, warehouses and distributes food to front-line organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens.
Impact Statement
$2 provides a meal to a person in need.
Impact Assessment
5/5
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 Lifeline.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Food Lifeline 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 Lifeline’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

four stars

90.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

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)
95.9%
  Administrative Expenses 1.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.16
  Program Expenses Growth 10.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 60.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food Lifeline on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food Lifeline on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Lifeline (WA) 92.92 four stars
Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma (OK) 92.65 four stars
Worcester County Food Bank (MA) 90.93 four stars
Ozarks Food Harvest (MO) 98.72 four stars
Rock River Valley Pantry (IL) 88.35 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $93,344,251
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $500,868
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,312,759
Total Contributions $97,157,878
   Program Service Revenue $941,606
Total Primary Revenue $98,099,484
   Other Revenue $20,459
TOTAL REVENUE $98,119,943
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $96,482,891
   Administrative Expenses $1,854,416
   Fundraising Expenses $1,996,189
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $100,333,496
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-2,213,553
   
Net Assets $15,117,835

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
Distribution of Food $96,482,891 100.0%

Ratings History
Food Lifeline has received 9 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 92.92 four stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 91.13 four stars
2016-06 12/22/2017 94.61 four stars
2015-06 10/01/2016 96.76 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 96.77 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 96.49 four stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 91.82 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 96.53 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 94.63 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 94.63 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 10/01/2010 88.87 three stars
2008-06 05/01/2009 86.53 three stars
2007-06 05/01/2008 87.94 three stars
2006-06 04/01/2007 90.44 four stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 91.36 four stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 79.87 two stars
2003-06 08/01/2004 78.00 two stars
2002-06 08/01/2003 94.65 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 94.69 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 91-1090450
Name in IRS Master File FOOD LIFELINE
NTEE Code K33
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 June, 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, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$163,918 0.16% Linda Nageotte President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Lifeline (WA) 92.92 four stars
Montgomery County Food Bank (TX) 88.14 three stars
River Bend Foodbank (IA) 98.23 four stars
Forgotten Harvest (MI) 90.92 four stars
Mid-Ohio Foodbank (OH) 93.07 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Food Lifeline
815 S 96th Street
Seattle, WA 98108
tel: (877) 404-7543
fax: (206) 545-6616
EIN: 91-1090450

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Board Leadership

Chris Blanton
Chair

CEO

Linda Nageotte
President, CEO

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