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

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County

Helping neighbors feed neighbors

four stars

90.01

800 Ohlone Parkway Watsonville, CA 95076
tel: (831) 722-7110   Web Site
EIN: 77-0326685

Board Leadership
Tricia Wynne
Board Chair

CEO
Willy Elliott-McCrea
Chief Executive Officer

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.01 four stars
  Financial 85.88 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Founded in 1972, Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County educates and involves individuals to end hunger and alleviate malnutrition in our communities. Second Harvest began by distributing food from a parking lot in Santa Cruz to groups operating the Breakfast For Kids programs. Today, Second Harvest distributes over 8 million pounds of food per year to local hungry families, children, individuals and seniors in our community through 200 partner agencies and programs. Our core values of community engagement, empowerment, diversity empathy, respect, social justice and trust and integrity govern our relationships with each other and with the community at large, ensuring that we stay true to our mission everyday.

Founded in 1972, Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County educates and involves individuals to end hunger and alleviate malnutrition in our communities. Second Harvest began by distributing food from a parking lot in Santa Cruz to groups operating the Breakfast For Kids programs. Today, Second Harvest distributes over 8 million pounds of food per year to local hungry families, children, individuals and seniors in our community through 200 partner agencies and programs. Our core values of community engagement, empowerment, diversity empathy, respect, social justice and trust and integrity govern our relationships with each other and with the community at large, ensuring that we stay true to our mission everyday.

Impact Information

This charity has reported a measure of cost-effectiveness: how much impact (per dollar) your donation will have on the charity's social outcome. The cost-effectiveness calculation was performed using protocols developed by ImpactMatters, an independent auditor of philanthropic impact.

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Program Name: Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County
Program Activities
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County collects, warehouses and distributes food to front-line organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens.
Impact Statement
$2 provides a meal to a person in need.
Impact Assessment
4/5
Assessment Benchmark
Impact assessments 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 a 5/5 assessment if they are less than 75% the cost of a meal and a 4/5 assessment if they are less than 125%. If a nonprofit reports impact but doesn't meet the threshold for cost-effectiveness, it earns a 3/5 assessment.
Methodology
ImpactMatters analyzed publicly available data to rate the cost-effectiveness of Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County 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 Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County’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 June 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

85.88

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, 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)
94.8%
  Administrative Expenses 2.3%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.51
  Program Expenses Growth -1.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 17.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County (CA) 90.01 four stars
River Bend Foodbank (IA) 98.23 four stars
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley (CA) 95.04 four stars
Harvesters: The Community Food Network (MO) 91.80 four stars
The Food Group (MN) 90.99 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $13,144,975
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,446,152
Total Contributions $15,591,127
   Program Service Revenue $256,183
Total Primary Revenue $15,847,310
   Other Revenue $268,500
TOTAL REVENUE $16,115,810
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,643,037
   Administrative Expenses $499,927
   Fundraising Expenses $408,091
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $16,551,055
   
Payments to Affiliates $324,618
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-435,245
   
Net Assets $9,208,119

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 $14,474,210 92.5%
Education Outreach $1,168,827 7.5%

Ratings History
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County has received 4 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 90.01 four stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 92.74 four stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 90.76 four stars
2015-06 11/01/2016 92.19 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 88.87 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 11/01/2015 90.79 four stars
2013-06 12/01/2014 92.32 four stars
2012-06 09/01/2013 95.86 four stars
2011-06 10/01/2012 92.62 four stars
2010-06 11/01/2011 93.76 four stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 93.73 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 09/01/2010 94.57 four stars
2008-06 09/01/2009 96.59 four stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 86.30 three stars
2006-06 06/01/2007 85.48 three stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 86.68 three stars
2004-06 05/01/2005 94.51 four stars
2003-06 08/01/2004 89.47 three stars
2002-06 11/01/2003 89.12 three stars
2001-06 04/15/2003 77.11 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 77-0326685
Name in IRS Master File SECOND HARVEST FOOD BANK SANTA CRUZ COUNTY
NTEE Code K31
NTEE Classification Food Banks, Food Pantries
NTEE Type Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
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 March, 1993
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
$136,637 0.82% Willy Elliot-McCrea Chief Executive Officer

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County (CA) 90.01 four stars
Hunger Network of Greater Cleveland (OH) 85.69 three stars
Food Bank of Northwest Indiana (IN) 85.85 three stars
Food Bank of the Rockies (CO) 91.91 four stars
East Texas Food Bank (TX) 97.34 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Second Harvest Food Bank Santa Cruz County
800 Ohlone Parkway
Watsonville, CA 95076
tel: (831) 722-7110
fax: (831) 722-0435
EIN: 77-0326685

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Board Leadership

Tricia Wynne
Board Chair

CEO

Willy Elliott-McCrea
Chief Executive Officer

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