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

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank

We are the largest organization alleviating hunger in western and central Virginia, serving 25 counties and 8 cities.

four stars

91.61

96 Laurel Hill Road P.O. Box 937
Verona, VA 24482
tel: (540) 248-3663   Web Site
EIN: 52-1202644

Board Leadership
Charles Dassance
Chair

CEO
Michael McKee
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.61 four stars
  Financial 90.42 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/01/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Our MISSION is to provide nourishing food to our neighbors in need through vibrant community partnerships and passionate public support. Our VISION is that everyone has enough to eat. Founded in 1981, today the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank serves 25 counties and 8 cities on either side of the Blue Ridge through distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Winchester and our headquarters in Verona. We provide nutritious food to 103,500 people each month through a far-reaching network of over 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, churches and other nonprofit groups. We are members of Feeding America, a national organization supporting more than 200 food banks across the country, and the largest domestic hunger relief agency in the U.S. We are also members of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, an association of the seven food banks in Virginia.

Our MISSION is to provide nourishing food to our neighbors in need through vibrant community partnerships and passionate public support. Our VISION is that everyone has enough to eat. Founded in 1981, today the Blue Ridge Area Food Bank serves 25 counties and 8 cities on either side of the Blue Ridge through distribution centers in Charlottesville, Lynchburg, Winchester and our headquarters in Verona. We provide nutritious food to 103,500 people each month through a far-reaching network of over 200 food pantries, soup kitchens, schools, churches and other nonprofit groups. We are members of Feeding America, a national organization supporting more than 200 food banks across the country, and the largest domestic hunger relief agency in the U.S. We are also members of the Federation of Virginia Food Banks, an association of the seven food banks in Virginia.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Food Bank, Mobile Food Pantry, Family Backpack Program, Kids Cafe, Summer Feeding Programs, Summer Kid Packs and Senior Nutrition Programs
Program Name: Food Bank, Mobile Food Pantry, Family Backpack Program, Kids Cafe, Summer Feeding Programs, Summer Kid Packs and Senior Nutrition Programs

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
Blue Ridge Area 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
$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 Blue Ridge Area Food Bank.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Blue Ridge Area 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 Blue Ridge Area 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

four stars

90.42

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

This rating was published 09/01/2020 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)
95.8%
  Administrative Expenses 1.6%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.5%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.32
  Program Expenses Growth 3.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 10.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blue Ridge Area Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Blue Ridge Area Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Constituent Feedback

Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people/communities they serve, may be more effective. We've partnered with GuideStar by Candid to survey organizations about their feedback practices. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile.

Here's how this organization is listening and learning from the people they serve:
How is the organization collecting feedback?
Paper surveys, Focus groups or interviews (by phone or in person), Community meetings or town halls
How is the organization using feedback?
To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve
With whom is the organization sharing feedback?
The people we serve, Our staff, Our board, Our funders, Our community partners
What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?
It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback
Describe a recent change in your organization that resulted from feedback.
The Food Bank is undertaking a strategy plan which will include community stakeholder listening sessions early in the process to help inform the plan itself The Food Bank's program teams survey clients in Child Nutrition Programs, Senior Nutrition Programs and Community Food Distribution partner sites to understand the nutrition needs and the food preferences of the people we serve
This Constituent Feedback information is provided to us by Candid. At this time, Constituent Feedback information published on this organization's page has no effect on its star rating per our methodology.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (VA) 91.61 four stars
Food Finders Food Bank (IN) 92.02 four stars
Northampton Survival Center (MA) 89.90 three stars
Feeding San Diego (CA) 89.76 three stars
University District Food Bank (WA) 93.91 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $49,527,669
   Federated Campaigns $105,114
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $49,632,783
   Program Service Revenue $917,070
Total Primary Revenue $50,549,853
   Other Revenue $184,948
TOTAL REVENUE $50,734,801
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $47,319,172
   Administrative Expenses $816,847
   Fundraising Expenses $1,269,029
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $49,405,048
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,329,753
   
Net Assets $15,932,778

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 $41,406,722 87.5%
Mobile Food Pantry $3,687,656 7.8%
Food Distribution through Outreach Programs $2,224,794 4.7%

Ratings History
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank has received 12 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 09/01/2020 91.61 four stars
2018-06 07/01/2020 91.98 four stars
2018-06 08/01/2019 91.71 four stars
2017-06 05/01/2018 94.26 four stars
2016-06 06/01/2017 95.58 four stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 92.16 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 95.29 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 93.11 four stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 96.72 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 97.05 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 97.05 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 97.05 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 97.11 four stars
2009-06 08/01/2010 97.04 four stars
2008-06 08/01/2009 94.25 four stars
2007-06 08/01/2008 87.18 three stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 79.33 two stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 72.09 two stars
2004-06 04/01/2005 93.18 four stars
2003-06 06/01/2004 72.42 two 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 52-1202644
Name in IRS Master File BLUE RIDGE AREA 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 (560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
(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 February, 1981
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$153,648 0.31% Michael L. Mckee CEO

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Blue Ridge Area Food Bank (VA) 91.61 four stars
Freestore Foodbank (OH) 93.87 four stars
Food Bank for the Heartland (NE) 93.60 four stars
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma (OK) 100.00 four stars
Food Bank of West Central Texas (TX) 86.19 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
96 Laurel Hill Road
P.O. Box 937
Verona, VA 24482
tel: (540) 248-3663
fax: (540) 248-6410
EIN: 52-1202644

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Board Leadership

Charles Dassance
Chair

CEO

Michael McKee
CEO

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