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

Operation Food Search

Heal hunger

four stars

96.65

1644 Lotsie Blvd St. Louis, MO 63132
tel: (314) 726-5355   Web Site
EIN: 43-1241854

Board Leadership
Lisa Pelikan
Chairman

CEO
Kristen Wild
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 96.65 four stars
  Financial 96.35 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.

Founded in 1981, Operation Food Search (OFS) is a hunger relief organization that provides free food, nutrition education and innovative programs proven to reduce food insecurity. With a strategic focus aimed at ending childhood hunger, OFS empowers families and increases access to healthy and affordable food. The agency provides food and services to nearly 200,000 individuals on a monthly basis - one-third of whom are children - through a network of 330 community partners in 30 Missouri and Illinois counties.

Founded in 1981, Operation Food Search (OFS) is a hunger relief organization that provides free food, nutrition education and innovative programs proven to reduce food insecurity. With a strategic focus aimed at ending childhood hunger, OFS empowers families and increases access to healthy and affordable food. The agency provides food and services to nearly 200,000 individuals on a monthly basis - one-third of whom are children - through a network of 330 community partners in 30 Missouri and Illinois counties.

Impact Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of meals served or provided
7,137,830
This impact information is current as of March 2020, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

four stars

96.35

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)
97.6%
  Administrative Expenses 0.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.29
  Program Expenses Growth 4.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.8%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Operation Food Search on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Operation Food Search on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Food Search (MO) 96.65 four stars
Second Harvest Inland Northwest (WA) 91.45 four stars
Food for Lane County (OR) 90.61 four stars
Shared Harvest Foodbank (OH) 89.57 three stars
Greater Cleveland Food Bank (OH) 87.37 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $35,208,639
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $64,010
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $360,765
Total Contributions $35,633,414
   Program Service Revenue $70,190
Total Primary Revenue $35,703,604
   Other Revenue $104,013
TOTAL REVENUE $35,807,617
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $33,768,231
   Administrative Expenses $301,894
   Fundraising Expenses $600,926
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $34,671,051
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,136,566
   
Net Assets $9,765,820

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
Partner Agency Management $31,903,140 94.5%
Out of School Meals $716,870 2.1%
Operation Backpack $506,374 1.5%

Ratings History
Operation Food Search has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-09 11/01/2019 96.65 four stars
2017-09 07/01/2018 94.03 four stars
2016-09 08/01/2017 88.82 three stars
2015-09 07/01/2016 92.87 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 91.33 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 11/01/2015 91.30 four stars
2013-09 09/01/2014 93.58 four stars
2012-09 08/01/2013 94.68 four stars
2011-09 06/01/2012 96.50 four stars
2010-09 09/20/2011 94.89 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 07/01/2010 97.30 four stars
2008-09 09/01/2009 77.94 two stars
2007-09 08/01/2008 79.57 two stars
2006-09 07/01/2007 83.53 three stars
2005-09 07/01/2006 92.41 four stars
2004-09 05/01/2005 92.40 four stars
2003-09 06/01/2004 77.49 two stars
2002-09 06/09/2003 72.36 two stars
2001-09 02/05/2003 80.23 three stars
2000-09 10/15/2002 92.41 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 43-1241854
Name in IRS Master File OPERATION FOOD SEARCH INC
NTEE Code K31
NTEE Classification Food Banks, Food Pantries
NTEE Type Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities
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 January, 1982
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$182,906 0.52% Sunny Schaefer Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Food Search (MO) 96.65 four stars
Food Bank of Northeast Georgia (GA) 91.29 four stars
San Antonio Food Bank (TX) 97.57 four stars
Channel One Regional Food Bank (MN) 93.37 four stars
Utah Food Bank (UT) 92.99 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Operation Food Search
1644 Lotsie Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63132
tel: (314) 726-5355
fax: (314) 726-9945
EIN: 43-1241854

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Board Leadership

Lisa Pelikan
Chairman

CEO

Kristen Wild
Executive Director

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