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

Operation Food Search

End hunger

four stars

94.03

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

Board Leadership
Lisa Pelikan
Chairman

CEO
Sunny Schaefer
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 94.03 four stars
  Financial 92.12 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

To nourish and educate our neighbors in need to heal the hurt of hunger. Established in 1981 to address the growing problem of hunger, Operation Food Search (OFS) is a St. Louis food bank that distributes food free of charge helping to feed the poor and hungry. OFS distributes more than 1.5 million pounds of perishable and non-perishable food and household items to 300 food pantries and soup kitchens who offer emergency hunger-relief to nearly 120,000 poor people every single month. Nearly half the recipients are children. The OFS service area includes 30 Illinois and Missouri counties surrounding the City of St. Louis. OFS also increases awareness on issues of hunger and works to eliminate waste in the bi-state region.

To nourish and educate our neighbors in need to heal the hurt of hunger. Established in 1981 to address the growing problem of hunger, Operation Food Search (OFS) is a St. Louis food bank that distributes food free of charge helping to feed the poor and hungry. OFS distributes more than 1.5 million pounds of perishable and non-perishable food and household items to 300 food pantries and soup kitchens who offer emergency hunger-relief to nearly 120,000 poor people every single month. Nearly half the recipients are children. The OFS service area includes 30 Illinois and Missouri counties surrounding the City of St. Louis. OFS also increases awareness on issues of hunger and works to eliminate waste in the bi-state region.

Financial

four stars

92.12

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 07/01/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
97.9%
  Administrative Expenses 0.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.4%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.25
  Program Expenses Growth 1.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.5%
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) 94.03 four stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County (CA) 96.80 four stars
Montgomery Area Food Bank (AL) 93.59 four stars
Food Bank for the Heartland (NE) 96.27 four stars
Loaves and Fishes (MN) 87.45 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $34,364,218
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $159,328
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $231,486
Total Contributions $34,755,032
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $34,755,032
   Other Revenue $227,778
TOTAL REVENUE $34,982,810
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $32,812,843
   Administrative Expenses $246,541
   Fundraising Expenses $576,677
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $33,636,061
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,346,749
   
Net Assets $8,627,691

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 $31,477,497 95.9%
Operation Backpack $560,939 1.7%
Out of School Meals $404,103 1.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013

The data displayed in this profile is provided by the IRS for free in the form of Publication 78 and the Business Master File (BMF).

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$187,522 0.55% Sunny Schaefer Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Food Search (MO) 94.03 four stars
FOOD Share (CA) 92.51 four stars
Feeding America Southwest Virginia (VA) 86.93 three stars
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano (CA) 92.42 four stars
River Food Pantry (WI) 92.02 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

Sunny Schaefer
Executive Director

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