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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.

four stars

92.75

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

Board Leadership
Woody Bradford
Chair

CEO
Catherine D'Amato
President, CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.75 four stars
  Financial 89.76 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Learn more about how we calculate the overall score and rating.

Financial

three stars

89.76

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/01/2016 and includes data from FY2015, 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)
93.2%
  Administrative Expenses 4.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.22
  Program Expenses Growth 9.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 18.0%
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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Greater Boston Food Bank (MA) 92.75 four stars
Food Bank of the Rockies (CO) 96.66 four stars
West Seattle Food Bank (WA) 88.58 three stars
Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado (CO) 94.69 four stars
Food Bank of Delaware (DE) 91.03 four stars

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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.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $63,786,774
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,126,815
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $15,512,731
Total Contributions $80,426,320
   Program Service Revenue $4,133,550
Total Primary Revenue $84,559,870
   Other Revenue $525,470
TOTAL REVENUE $85,085,340
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $77,841,651
   Administrative Expenses $3,567,352
   Fundraising Expenses $2,300,601
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $83,709,604
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,375,736
   
Net Assets $17,809,363

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 $77,841,651 100.0%

Ratings History
The Greater Boston Food Bank has received 6 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2002-09 06/09/2003 93.74 four stars
2001-09 10/15/2002 88.15 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 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
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  • September, 2015
  • September, 2014
  • September, 2013
  • September, 2012
  • September, 2011

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).

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Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$324,896 0.38% Catherine D'Amato President, CEO

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.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Greater Boston Food Bank (MA) 92.75 four stars
SeaShare (WA) 89.24 three stars
Food Bank of Siouxland (IA) 85.85 three stars
Philabundance (PA) 85.75 three stars
Roadrunner Food Bank of New Mexico (NM) 92.23 four 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

Woody Bradford
Chair

CEO

Catherine D'Amato
President, CEO

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