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

Food Lifeline

Hunger Doesn't Have to Happen

94.69

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

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  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.69
  Financial 92.50
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00
This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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 & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Direct Distribution, Online Ordering and Pickup and Mobile Food Programs
Program Name: Direct Distribution, Online Ordering and Pickup and Mobile Food 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
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.
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 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 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

92.50

Accountability & Transparency

100.00

This rating was published 11/01/2021 and includes data from FY2020, 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)
96.3%
  Administrative Expenses 1.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.28
  Program Expenses Growth 16.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 42.6%
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) 94.69
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (MI) 94.69
Linn Benton Food Share (OR) 91.36
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle (NC) 88.02
The Food Group (MN) 91.16

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $135,553,386
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $238,969
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $11,021,264
Total Contributions $146,813,619
   Program Service Revenue $935,812
Total Primary Revenue $147,749,431
   Other Revenue $69,651
TOTAL REVENUE $147,819,082
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $128,091,192
   Administrative Expenses $2,066,146
   Fundraising Expenses $2,367,405
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $132,524,743
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $15,294,339
   
Net Assets $32,623,598

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 $128,091,192 100.0%

Ratings History
Food Lifeline has received 11 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2020-06 11/01/2021 94.69
2019-06 11/01/2020 92.92
2018-06 09/03/2019 92.92
2017-06 09/01/2018 91.13
2016-06 12/22/2017 94.61
2015-06 10/01/2016 96.76
2014-06 06/01/2016 96.77
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 96.49
2013-06 12/01/2014 91.82
2012-06 08/01/2013 96.53
2011-06 05/01/2012 94.63
2010-06 09/20/2011 94.63
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 10/01/2010 88.87
2008-06 05/01/2009 86.53
2007-06 05/01/2008 87.94
2006-06 04/01/2007 90.44
2005-06 05/01/2006 91.36
2004-06 07/01/2005 79.87
2003-06 08/01/2004 78.00
2002-06 08/01/2003 94.65

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
$189,375 0.14% Linda Nageotte President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Lifeline (WA) 94.69
All Faiths Food Bank (FL) 96.46
Mid-Ohio Foodbank (OH) 95.10
The Family Pantry of Cape Cod (MA) 93.52
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee (TN) 92.34

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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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