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

Foodlink

Nourishing Lives

four stars

91.68

1999 Mt. Read Boulevard Rochester, NY 14615
tel: (585) 328-3380   Web Site
EIN: 22-2428304

Board Leadership
Joseph Casion
Board Chair

CEO
Julia Tedesco
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.68 four stars
  Financial 88.24 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Foodlink is a Rochester-based nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger and building healthier communities by addressing both the symptoms and root causes of food insecurity. We serve as the hub of the emergency food system across a 10-county service area. As a leading public health organization, Foodlink administers many programs and initiatives that aim to build the health and wealth of communities.

We provide food assistance through the safe storage and distribution of emergency food to our network of food bank members and community partners. We build healthier communities through innovative programs that create new access points to nutritious foods and empower people to make healthy choices. We drive change through bold career empowerment initiatives and advocacy for a more just, equitable food system.

Foodlink is a Rochester-based nonprofit dedicated to ending hunger and building healthier communities by addressing both the symptoms and root causes of food insecurity. We serve as the hub of the emergency food system across a 10-county service area. As a leading public health organization, Foodlink administers many programs and initiatives that aim to build the health and wealth of communities.

We provide food assistance through the safe storage and distribution of emergency food to our network of food bank members and community partners. We build healthier communities through innovative programs that create new access points to nutritious foods and empower people to make healthy choices. We drive change through bold career empowerment initiatives and advocacy for a more just, equitable food system.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Food Bank, BackPack Program and Mobile Pantry
Program Name: Food Bank, BackPack Program and Mobile Pantry

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
Foodlink 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
$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 Foodlink.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Foodlink 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 Foodlink’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

88.24

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 03/01/2021 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)
95.9%
  Administrative Expenses 1.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.20
  Program Expenses Growth 3.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 15.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Foodlink on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Foodlink on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Foodlink (NY) 91.68 four stars
Weld Food Bank (CO) 96.87 four stars
The Food Bank of Lower Fairfield County (CT) 87.62 three stars
Food Bank of Northern Nevada (NV) 93.98 four stars
Second Harvest Foodbank of the Mahoning Valley (OH) 94.82 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $26,872,430
   Federated Campaigns $338,978
   Membership Dues $66,475
   Fundraising Events $982,606
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,422,398
Total Contributions $32,682,887
   Program Service Revenue $5,844,162
Total Primary Revenue $38,527,049
   Other Revenue $-12,464
TOTAL REVENUE $38,514,585
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $36,677,576
   Administrative Expenses $690,565
   Fundraising Expenses $868,428
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $38,236,569
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $278,016
   
Net Assets $7,427,619

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 Bank $29,222,710 79.7%
Child Nutrition Program $2,776,710 7.6%
Community Nutrition Program $1,388,814 3.8%

Ratings History
Foodlink has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 03/01/2021 91.68 four stars
2018-06 07/01/2019 90.18 four stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 89.00 three stars
2017-06 05/01/2018 88.64 three stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 91.26 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2016 92.67 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2015-06 03/01/2016 97.75 four stars
2014-06 10/01/2015 93.21 four stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 95.35 four stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 94.64 four stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 96.54 four stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 96.57 four stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 93.21 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 93.44 four stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 90.85 four stars
2007-06 09/01/2008 76.46 two stars
2006-06 08/01/2007 90.41 four stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 95.90 four stars
2004-06 04/01/2005 93.36 four stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 86.14 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 22-2428304
Name in IRS Master File FOODLINK INC
NTEE Code K30
NTEE Classification Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs
NTEE Type Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (603) Non-financial services of facilities to other organizations
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, 1983
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$156,741 0.40% Julia Tedesco President And CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Foodlink (NY) 91.68 four stars
Waste Not (AZ) 93.91 four stars
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley (CA) 93.96 four stars
Gleaners Community Food Bank of Southeastern Michigan (MI) 87.62 three stars
The Food Bank of Western Massachusetts (MA) 94.01 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Foodlink
1999 Mt. Read Boulevard
Rochester, NY 14615
tel: (585) 328-3380
fax: (585) 328-9951
EIN: 22-2428304

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Board Leadership

Joseph Casion
Board Chair

CEO

Julia Tedesco
President & CEO

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