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

Operation Food Search

Heal hunger

four stars

96.27

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 96.27 four stars
  Financial 95.67 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 97.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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 & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Operation Food Search, Operation Backpack and Out of School Meals Program
Program Name: Operation Food Search, Operation Backpack and Out of School Meals Program

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
Operation Food Search 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 Operation Food Search.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Operation Food Search 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 Operation Food Search’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

four stars

95.67

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

97.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 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)
97.2%
  Administrative Expenses 0.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.25
  Program Expenses Growth 6.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 5.5%
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) 96.27 four stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina (NC) 94.69 four stars
Feeding South Florida (FL) 92.92 four stars
Georgia Mountain Food Bank (GA) 93.37 four stars
Interfaith Food Pantry (NJ) 93.75 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $37,944,916
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $122,267
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $514,135
Total Contributions $38,581,318
   Program Service Revenue $92,175
Total Primary Revenue $38,673,493
   Other Revenue $145,278
TOTAL REVENUE $38,818,771
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $37,110,879
   Administrative Expenses $279,074
   Fundraising Expenses $902,815
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $38,292,768
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $526,003
   
Net Assets $10,312,536

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 $34,454,401 92.8%
Out of School Meals $831,133 2.2%
Fresh RX $709,360 1.9%

Ratings History
Operation Food Search has received 3 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 12/23/2020 96.27 four stars
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

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
$186,539 0.48% Sunny Schaefer Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Operation Food Search (MO) 96.27 four stars
Montgomery Area Food Bank (AL) 93.14 four stars
Brazos Valley Food Bank (TX) 91.40 four stars
Feeding America West Michigan (MI) 91.18 four stars
The Family Pantry of Cape Cod (MA) 88.52 three 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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