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

Harvesters: The Community Food Network

Regional food bank serving Kansas City, Topeka and the surrounding area

four stars

91.80

3801 Topping Avenue Kansas City, MO 64129
tel: (816) 929-3000   Web Site
EIN: 43-1208665

Board Leadership
Kimberly Svaty
Chair

CEO
Valerie Nicholson-Watson
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.80 four stars
  Financial 89.12 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 06/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Harvesters - The Community Food Network is the regional food bank serving Kansas City, Topeka, and the surrounding area. Our mission is to feed hungry people today and to end hunger tomorrow. As a clearinghouse for the collection and distribution of food and related household products, we've been helping people in need since 1979 by: collecting food and household products from community and industry sources; distributing those products and providing nutrition services through a network of not-for-profit agencies; offering leadership and education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and generate solutions to end hunger. Our network includes more than 620 not-for-profit agencies throughout our 26-county service area, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children's homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons.

Harvesters - The Community Food Network is the regional food bank serving Kansas City, Topeka, and the surrounding area. Our mission is to feed hungry people today and to end hunger tomorrow. As a clearinghouse for the collection and distribution of food and related household products, we've been helping people in need since 1979 by: collecting food and household products from community and industry sources; distributing those products and providing nutrition services through a network of not-for-profit agencies; offering leadership and education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and generate solutions to end hunger. Our network includes more than 620 not-for-profit agencies throughout our 26-county service area, including emergency food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, children's homes, homes for the mentally disabled and shelters for battered persons.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Feeding Children, Feeding Families and Feeding Seniors
Program Name: Feeding Children, Feeding Families and Feeding Seniors

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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
Harvesters Community Food Network 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 Harvesters: The Community Food Network.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Harvesters Community Food Network 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 Harvesters Community Food Network’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

89.12

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 06/01/2020 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)
96.8%
  Administrative Expenses 1.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.25
  Program Expenses Growth 2.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Harvesters: The Community Food Network on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
Joint Cost Allocation Adjustment applied. Learn more.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Harvesters: The Community Food Network on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Harvesters: The Community Food Network (MO) 91.80 four stars
Manna Food Center (MD) 94.10 four stars
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (MI) 87.62 three stars
East Texas Food Bank (TX) 97.34 four stars
Lowcountry Food Bank (SC) 90.75 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $79,953,279
   Federated Campaigns $389,204
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $298,458
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $20,628,753
Total Contributions $101,269,694
   Program Service Revenue $1,322,352
Total Primary Revenue $102,592,046
   Other Revenue $123,736
TOTAL REVENUE $102,715,782
   
EXPENSES (Adjusted)  
   Program Expenses $98,139,966
   Administrative Expenses $1,527,473
   Fundraising Expenses $1,850,289
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $101,517,728
   
Payments to Affiliates $25,656
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,198,054
   
Net Assets $27,120,058

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 Services $98,207,466 100.0%

Ratings History
Harvesters: The Community Food Network has received 11 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 06/01/2020 91.80 four stars
2018-06 07/01/2019 90.98 four stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 91.67 four stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 94.66 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 94.30 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 03/01/2016 93.74 four stars
2014-06 11/01/2015 91.69 four stars
2013-06 06/01/2014 96.58 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 95.13 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 95.75 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 92.92 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 99.74 four stars
2009-06 09/01/2010 99.75 four stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 83.78 three stars
2007-06 05/01/2008 89.79 three stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 82.00 three stars
2005-06 03/01/2006 90.92 four stars
2004-06 11/01/2005 95.34 four stars
2003-06 11/01/2004 89.98 three stars
2002-06 06/09/2003 94.79 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 43-1208665
Name in IRS Master File HARVESTERS-THE COMMUNITY FOOD NETWORK
NTEE Code K30
NTEE Classification Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs
NTEE Type Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (408) Community service organization
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 May, 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
$220,359 0.21% Valerie Nicholson-Watson CEO, President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Harvesters: The Community Food Network (MO) 91.80 four stars
Metro Caring (CO) 91.45 four stars
Idaho Foodbank (ID) 96.39 four stars
Northeast Iowa Food Bank (IA) 97.17 four stars
Food Bank of Lincoln (NE) 91.16 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Harvesters: The Community Food Network
3801 Topping Avenue
Kansas City, MO 64129
tel: (816) 929-3000
fax: (816) 929-3123
EIN: 43-1208665

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Board Leadership

Kimberly Svaty
Chair

CEO

Valerie Nicholson-Watson
President & CEO

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