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

Houston Food Bank

Filling pantries. Filling lives.

four stars

100.00

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

Board Leadership
Chuck Davidson
Chair

CEO
Brian Greene
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 100.00 four stars
  Financial 100.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2017 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

four stars

100.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 02/01/2017 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)
96.2%
  Administrative Expenses 2.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.35
  Program Expenses Growth 9.9%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.3%
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) 100.00 four stars
Yad Ezra (MI) 90.11 four stars
Food Bank of Siouxland (IA) 85.85 three stars
Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Inc. (IN) 91.72 four stars
Harvesters: The Community Food Network (MO) 94.30 four stars

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The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste. Nationally recognized by Feeding America as Food Bank of the Year in 2015, the Houston Food Bank is the largest source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. Each year, the Food Bank feeds 800,000 individuals through a network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other charities. We distribute fresh produce, meat and nonperishables from our warehouse at 535 Portwall, where we also prepare nutritious hot meals for kids in our new state-of-the-art Keegan Kitchen. We rescue food before it reaches the landfill through our Retail Pickup program with area grocery stores. Additional community services include nutrition education, school-based programs and food stamp application assistance. Founded in 1982, the Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $167,716,392
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $871,430
   Related Organizations $285,333
   Government Grants $5,538,292
Total Contributions $174,411,447
   Program Service Revenue $3,208,571
Total Primary Revenue $177,620,018
   Other Revenue $497,646
TOTAL REVENUE $178,117,664
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $173,156,259
   Administrative Expenses $3,062,608
   Fundraising Expenses $3,190,814
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $179,409,681
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,292,017
   
Net Assets $59,553,645

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 $168,337,209 97.2%
Backpack Buddy Club $3,819,809 2.2%
Social Services Outreach Program $999,241 0.6%

Ratings History
Houston Food Bank has received 7 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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
2004-06 08/01/2005 82.27 three stars
2003-06 09/01/2004 76.72 two stars
2002-06 08/01/2003 79.83 two stars
2001-06 02/05/2003 77.29 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 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, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
  • June, 2012
  • June, 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
$248,396 0.13% Brian Greene President & CEO

The Houston Food Bank is a solution to both hunger and food waste. Nationally recognized by Feeding America as Food Bank of the Year in 2015, the Houston Food Bank is the largest source of food for hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. Each year, the Food Bank feeds 800,000 individuals through a network of 600 food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other charities. We distribute fresh produce, meat and nonperishables from our warehouse at 535 Portwall, where we also prepare nutritious hot meals for kids in our new state-of-the-art Keegan Kitchen. We rescue food before it reaches the landfill through our Retail Pickup program with area grocery stores. Additional community services include nutrition education, school-based programs and food stamp application assistance. Founded in 1982, the Houston Food Bank is a certified member of Feeding America, the nation's food bank network, with a four-star rating from Charity Navigator.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Houston Food Bank (TX) 100.00 four stars
The FoodBank of Monmouth and Ocean Counties (NJ) 97.23 four stars
Community Food Bank of Southern Arizona (AZ) 90.24 four stars
City Harvest (NY) 90.91 four stars
Feeding the Gulf Coast (AL) 88.88 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

Chuck Davidson
Chair

CEO

Brian Greene
Chief Executive Officer

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