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

Houston Food Bank

Filling pantries. Filling lives.

four stars

95.83

535 Portwall Street Houston, TX 77029
tel: (713) 223-3700   Web Site
EIN: 74-2181456

Board Leadership
Phil Hawk
Chair

CEO
Brian Greene
President/ CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.83 four stars
  Financial 94.11 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 04/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1982 and a certified member of Feeding America, The Houston Food Bank's mission is to provide food for better lives. In the last fiscal year, which includes COVID-19 response, we provided access to 159 million nutritious meals in 18 counties in southeast Texas through our 1,500 community partners of food pantries, soup kitchens, social service providers and schools. Filling gaps on plates, we have a strong focus on healthy foods and fresh produce. In collaboration with our community, we advocate for policy change and racial equity, and promote dialogue on ways to increase access to food and to improve the lives of those in our communities, including services and connections to programs that address the root causes of hunger and are aimed at helping families achieve long-term stability: nutrition education, job training, health management, and help with securing state-funded assistance.

Founded in 1982 and a certified member of Feeding America, The Houston Food Bank's mission is to provide food for better lives. In the last fiscal year, which includes COVID-19 response, we provided access to 159 million nutritious meals in 18 counties in southeast Texas through our 1,500 community partners of food pantries, soup kitchens, social service providers and schools. Filling gaps on plates, we have a strong focus on healthy foods and fresh produce. In collaboration with our community, we advocate for policy change and racial equity, and promote dialogue on ways to increase access to food and to improve the lives of those in our communities, including services and connections to programs that address the root causes of hunger and are aimed at helping families achieve long-term stability: nutrition education, job training, health management, and help with securing state-funded assistance.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Backpack Buddy, Kids Cafe, Partner Distribution, Senior Box Program and Portwall Pantry
Program Name: Backpack Buddy, Kids Cafe, Partner Distribution, Senior Box Program and Portwall 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
Houston 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 Houston Food Bank.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Houston 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 Houston 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

94.11

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 04/01/2021 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)
98.4%
  Administrative Expenses 0.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.37
  Program Expenses Growth 4.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Houston Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Food Bank (TX) 95.83 four stars
Sunshine Division, Inc. (OR) 93.35 four stars
The Greater Boston Food Bank (MA) 89.59 three stars
Food Bank for Larimer County (CO) 89.27 three stars
Capital Area Food Bank (DC) 90.47 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $189,524,267
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $647,525
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $13,821,013
Total Contributions $203,992,805
   Program Service Revenue $3,778,207
Total Primary Revenue $207,771,012
   Other Revenue $746,463
TOTAL REVENUE $208,517,475
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $214,597,688
   Administrative Expenses $1,112,324
   Fundraising Expenses $747,278
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $216,457,290
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-7,939,815
   
Net Assets $90,383,864

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 $197,358,133 92.0%
Child Hunger Initiatives $6,535,855 3.0%
Client Assistance $1,766,370 0.8%

Ratings History
Houston Food Bank has received 11 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 04/01/2021 95.83 four stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 98.23 four stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 97.10 four stars
2016-06 03/01/2018 99.14 four stars
2016-06 11/01/2017 97.04 four stars
2015-06 02/01/2017 100.00 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 98.45 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 12/22/2015 92.50 four stars
2013-06 04/01/2015 96.63 four stars
2012-06 02/01/2014 94.97 four stars
2012-06 12/20/2013 94.54 four stars
2011-06 11/06/2012 99.73 four stars
2010-06 02/01/2012 99.71 four stars
2010-06 12/01/2011 97.85 four stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 99.70 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 12/22/2010 99.58 four stars
2008-06 02/01/2010 87.44 three stars
2007-06 11/01/2008 95.24 four stars
2006-06 08/01/2007 94.77 four stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 94.23 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 74-2181456
Name in IRS Master File HOUSTON FOOD BANK
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
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, 1984
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
$393,526 0.18% Brian Green President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Food Bank (TX) 95.83 four stars
Central Texas Food Bank (TX) 95.53 four stars
Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana (LA) 98.23 four stars
Food for People (CA) 93.00 four stars
West Suburban Community Pantry (IL) 88.09 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Houston Food Bank
535 Portwall Street
Houston, TX 77029
tel: (713) 223-3700
EIN: 74-2181456

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Board Leadership

Phil Hawk
Chair

CEO

Brian Greene
President/ CEO

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