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

Greater Chicago Food Depository

From Hungry to Hopeful

four stars

92.35

4100 West Ann Lurie Place Chicago, IL 60632
tel: (773) 247-3663   Web Site
EIN: 36-2971864

Board Leadership
Monica Brown Moss
Chair of the Board

CEO
Kate Maehr
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.35 four stars
  Financial 89.95 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago's food bank, believes that a healthy community starts with food. We are part of a united community effort working to bring food, dignity and hope to our Cook County neighbors. We act as the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs. These programs provide food where it's most needed. We also address the root causes of hunger. Public benefits outreach and job training programs offer a hand up for our neighbors to overcome poverty.

As the face of hunger in our community has changed, the Food Depository has evolved. Our programs address the specific needs of diverse groups, including children, older adults and veterans.

By taking hunger off the table, we enable families to focus on other priorities, like education, growth and security. We enable communities to face their challenges with confidence. Today and in the long term, providing nutritious food is an investment in health and hope.

The Greater Chicago Food Depository, Chicago's food bank, believes that a healthy community starts with food. We are part of a united community effort working to bring food, dignity and hope to our Cook County neighbors. We act as the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs. These programs provide food where it's most needed. We also address the root causes of hunger. Public benefits outreach and job training programs offer a hand up for our neighbors to overcome poverty.

As the face of hunger in our community has changed, the Food Depository has evolved. Our programs address the specific needs of diverse groups, including children, older adults and veterans.

By taking hunger off the table, we enable families to focus on other priorities, like education, growth and security. We enable communities to face their challenges with confidence. Today and in the long term, providing nutritious food is an investment in health and hope.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Summer Meals, The Lunch Bus, Older Adult Community Markets, Food Delivery, Food Bank, Healthy Student Markets, Kids Cafe, Mobile Pantry and Veterans Programs
Program Name: Summer Meals, The Lunch Bus, Older Adult Community Markets, Food Delivery, Food Bank, Healthy Student Markets, Kids Cafe, Mobile Pantry and Veterans 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
Greater Chicago Food Depository 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 Greater Chicago Food Depository.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Greater Chicago Food Depository 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 Greater Chicago Food Depository’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

89.95

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 07/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
91.8%
  Administrative Expenses 4.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.97
  Program Expenses Growth 8.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 13.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Greater Chicago Food Depository on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Greater Chicago Food Depository on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Greater Chicago Food Depository (IL) 92.35 four stars
Good Shepherd Food Bank of Maine (ME) 95.44 four stars
Coastal Bend Food Bank (TX) 97.17 four stars
The Foodbank (OH) 100.00 four stars
Flathead Food Bank (MT) 89.36 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $90,240,923
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,695,436
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $42,986,723
Total Contributions $134,923,082
   Program Service Revenue $61,864
Total Primary Revenue $134,984,946
   Other Revenue $1,101,342
TOTAL REVENUE $136,086,288
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $112,244,469
   Administrative Expenses $5,318,199
   Fundraising Expenses $4,727,289
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $122,289,957
   
Payments to Affiliates $47,044
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $13,796,331
   
Net Assets $110,666,459

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 $98,870,992 88.1%
Programs to Fight Hunger $7,154,776 6.4%
Mobile Responses $6,218,701 5.5%

Ratings History
Greater Chicago Food Depository has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 07/01/2020 92.35 four stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 93.37 four stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 93.42 four stars
2016-06 09/01/2017 93.53 four stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 94.75 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 96.66 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 95.47 four stars
2013-06 09/01/2014 97.14 four stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 87.45 three stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 95.09 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 96.40 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 09/01/2010 96.90 four stars
2008-06 08/01/2009 88.65 three stars
2007-06 09/01/2008 89.54 three stars
2006-06 05/01/2007 84.80 three stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 91.62 four stars
2004-06 10/01/2005 92.27 four stars
2003-06 09/01/2004 90.71 four stars
2002-06 09/01/2003 96.84 four stars
2001-06 10/15/2002 94.15 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 36-2971864
Name in IRS Master File GREATER CHICAGO FOOD DEPOSITORY
NTEE Code K31
NTEE Classification Food Banks, Food Pantries
NTEE Type Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
Classification Educational Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (603) Non-financial services of facilities 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 October, 1978
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
$312,104 0.25% Kate Maehr Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Greater Chicago Food Depository (IL) 92.35 four stars
San Antonio Food Bank (TX) 96.33 four stars
Food Bank of Northeast Arkansas (AR) 97.17 four stars
MANNA FoodBank (NC) 98.23 four stars
The Family Pantry of Cape Cod (MA) 88.52 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Greater Chicago Food Depository
4100 West Ann Lurie Place
Chicago, IL 60632
tel: (773) 247-3663
fax: (773) 247-4232
EIN: 36-2971864

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Board Leadership

Monica Brown Moss
Chair of the Board

CEO

Kate Maehr
Chief Executive Officer

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