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

Northern Illinois Food Bank

Together, we are solving hunger.

three stars

86.02

273 Dearborn Court Geneva, IL 60134
tel: (630) 443-6910   Web Site
EIN: 36-3203648

Board Leadership
Dick Locascio
Board Chair

CEO
Julie Yurko
President & CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 86.02 three stars
  Financial 80.23 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.

Our vision is for everyone in Northern Illinois to have the food they need to thrive. A member of Feeding America, we serve our neighbors with dignity, equity and convenience, providing 250,000 meals a day. We bring together manufacturers, grocers, farmers, corporations, foundations, and individuals who donate food and funding, and each week 1,000 volunteers help us pack and distribute food. We partner with 900+ food pantries and feeding programs to provide nutritious food and resources in 13 counties.
Based on 2019 we are rated as a 3-star charity (exceed or meet industry standards and perform as well as or better than most charities in the cause). This is due to our slowed meal growth prior to the COVID-19 pandemic when rapid growth distribution wasn't necessary. With the increased need we have increased meal distribution over 40% and hope to continue.
In our Strategic Plan UNITE we strive to reach all our neighbors with new approaches and provide access to the food they need and wa

Our vision is for everyone in Northern Illinois to have the food they need to thrive. A member of Feeding America, we serve our neighbors with dignity, equity and convenience, providing 250,000 meals a day. We bring together manufacturers, grocers, farmers, corporations, foundations, and individuals who donate food and funding, and each week 1,000 volunteers help us pack and distribute food. We partner with 900+ food pantries and feeding programs to provide nutritious food and resources in 13 counties.
Based on 2019 we are rated as a 3-star charity (exceed or meet industry standards and perform as well as or better than most charities in the cause). This is due to our slowed meal growth prior to the COVID-19 pandemic when rapid growth distribution wasn't necessary. With the increased need we have increased meal distribution over 40% and hope to continue.
In our Strategic Plan UNITE we strive to reach all our neighbors with new approaches and provide access to the food they need and wa

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Agency Network Distribution, Mobile Pantries, Child Nutrition Programs and Senior Food Program
Program Name: Agency Network Distribution, Mobile Pantries, Child Nutrition Programs and Senior Food 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
Northern Illinois Food Bank 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
$1 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 Northern Illinois Food Bank.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Northern Illinois 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 Northern Illinois 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

80.23

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)
96.8%
  Administrative Expenses 1.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.0%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.24
  Program Expenses Growth -1.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 22.2%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Northern Illinois Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Northern Illinois Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $126,388,774
   Federated Campaigns $20,127
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $737,342
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,208,254
Total Contributions $131,354,497
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $131,354,497
   Other Revenue $-2,787,449
TOTAL REVENUE $128,567,048
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $122,338,244
   Administrative Expenses $2,157,224
   Fundraising Expenses $2,707,279
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $127,202,747
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,364,301
   
Net Assets $31,720,962

Charts

Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$242,686 0.19% Julie Yurko President, CEO

Mission

Our vision is for everyone in Northern Illinois to have the food they need to thrive. A member of Feeding America, we serve our neighbors with dignity, equity and convenience, providing 250,000 meals a day. We bring together manufacturers, grocers, farmers, corporations, foundations, and individuals who donate food and funding, and each week 1,000 volunteers help us pack and distribute food. We partner with 900+ food pantries and feeding programs to provide nutritious food and resources in 13 counties.
Based on 2019 we are rated as a 3-star charity (exceed or meet industry standards and perform as well as or better than most charities in the cause). This is due to our slowed meal growth prior to the COVID-19 pandemic when rapid growth distribution wasn't necessary. With the increased need we have increased meal distribution over 40% and hope to continue.
In our Strategic Plan UNITE we strive to reach all our neighbors with new approaches and provide access to the food they need and wa

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Northern Illinois Food Bank (IL) 86.02 three stars
America's Second Harvest of the Big Bend (FL) 92.92 four stars
Chattanooga Area Food Bank (TN) 90.39 four stars
Westmoreland County Food Bank (PA) 91.17 four stars
Second Harvest Foodbank of Southern Wisconsin (WI) 92.09 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Northern Illinois Food Bank
273 Dearborn Court
Geneva, IL 60134
tel: (630) 443-6910
fax: (630) 443-6916
EIN: 36-3203648

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Board Leadership

Dick Locascio
Board Chair

CEO

Julie Yurko
President & CEO