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

The Greater Boston Food Bank

The Greater Boston Food Bank's mission is to End Hunger Here.

three stars

89.59

70 South Bay Avenue Boston, MA 02118
tel: (617) 427-5200   Web Site
EIN: 04-2717782

Board Leadership
Joanna Travis
Chair

CEO
Catherine D'Amato
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 89.59 three stars
  Financial 85.29 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 11/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1981, The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in New England, and one of the largest food banks in the country.

GBFB was able to meet or exceed all of our organizational goals for the 2014 fiscal year. Highlights from the past year include: - GBFB distributed over 50 million pounds of food, or over 40 million meals to community members in need through our member agencies and programs.

- Fresh produce accounted for one quarter of our overall distribution, a dramatic 230% increase from only three years ago.
- 25,000 volunteers donated their time to GBFB, saving $1 million in labor costs.
- GBFB's mobile markets and school-based pantries reached isolated and low-income communities with an average of 30 pounds of healthy food per household per distribution, such as frozen meats and fresh produce.

Founded in 1981, The Greater Boston Food Bank is the largest hunger relief organization in New England, and one of the largest food banks in the country.

GBFB was able to meet or exceed all of our organizational goals for the 2014 fiscal year. Highlights from the past year include: - GBFB distributed over 50 million pounds of food, or over 40 million meals to community members in need through our member agencies and programs.

- Fresh produce accounted for one quarter of our overall distribution, a dramatic 230% increase from only three years ago.
- 25,000 volunteers donated their time to GBFB, saving $1 million in labor costs.
- GBFB's mobile markets and school-based pantries reached isolated and low-income communities with an average of 30 pounds of healthy food per household per distribution, such as frozen meats and fresh produce.

Impact & Results Score

Score
75/100
Program Name: Member Agency Distribution, Brown Bag Program, School-Based Pantries, Mobile Markets and Commodity Supplemental Food Program
Program Name: Member Agency Distribution, Brown Bag Program, School-Based Pantries, Mobile Markets and Commodity Supplemental Food Program

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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
The Greater Boston Food Bank primarily collects, warehouses and distributes food to front-line organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens. It also manages smaller programs that provide groceries directly to beneficiaries.
Impact Statement
$3 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 The Greater Boston Food Bank.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. The Greater Boston Food Bank 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 The Greater Boston Food Bank’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

85.29

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 11/01/2020 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)
91.9%
  Administrative Expenses 4.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 3.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.03
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.21
  Program Expenses Growth 5.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 16.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Greater Boston Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Greater Boston Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Greater Boston Food Bank (MA) 89.59 three stars
The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County (CT) 87.62 three stars
All Faiths Food Bank (FL) 96.46 four stars
Community Table (CO) 88.86 three stars
Greater Chicago Food Depository (IL) 92.35 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $81,252,333
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,415,230
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $19,273,771
Total Contributions $101,941,334
   Program Service Revenue $4,542,559
Total Primary Revenue $106,483,893
   Other Revenue $808,749
TOTAL REVENUE $107,292,642
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $96,421,908
   Administrative Expenses $5,084,994
   Fundraising Expenses $3,085,782
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $104,592,684
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $2,699,958
   
Net Assets $21,619,461

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 $96,421,908 100.0%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-09 11/01/2020 89.59 three stars
2018-09 09/03/2019 88.60 three stars
2017-09 10/01/2018 86.16 three stars
2016-09 10/01/2017 91.23 four stars
2015-09 09/01/2016 92.75 four stars
2015-09 08/01/2016 92.22 four stars
2014-09 06/01/2016 93.98 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-09 10/01/2015 96.39 four stars
2013-09 09/01/2014 96.92 four stars
2012-09 08/01/2013 93.22 four stars
2011-09 07/01/2012 93.53 four stars
2010-09 12/23/2011 90.59 four stars
2009-09 09/20/2011 85.10 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-09 12/01/2010 89.05 three stars
2008-09 03/01/2010 82.75 three stars
2007-09 07/01/2009 86.20 three stars
2006-09 05/01/2008 82.24 three stars
2005-09 02/01/2007 84.22 three stars
2004-09 01/01/2006 85.25 three stars
2003-09 01/05/2005 93.07 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 04-2717782
Name in IRS Master File THE GREATER BOSTON FOOD BANK INC
NTEE Code [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Classification [Not Provided by IRS]
NTEE Type [Not Provided by IRS]
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, 1990
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, 2018
  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$381,979 0.36% Catherine D'Amato President, CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Greater Boston Food Bank (MA) 89.59 three stars
Manna Food Center (MD) 94.10 four stars
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Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana (IN) 97.14 four stars
Northern Illinois Food Bank (IL) 86.02 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Greater Boston Food Bank
70 South Bay Avenue
Boston, MA 02118
tel: (617) 427-5200
fax: (617) 427-0146
EIN: 04-2717782

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Board Leadership

Joanna Travis
Chair

CEO

Catherine D'Amato
President, CEO

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