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

Lowcountry Food Bank

A common sense solution to hunger

four stars

92.38

2864 Azalea Drive Charleston, SC 29405
tel: (843) 747-8146   Web Site
EIN: 57-0751835

Board Leadership
Martha McNeil
Chair

CEO
Pat Walker
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 92.38 four stars
  Financial 90.00 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2017 and includes data from FY2015, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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Financial

four stars

90.00

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 05/01/2017 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)
97.3%
  Administrative Expenses 1.4%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.2%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.19
  Program Expenses Growth 12.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 24.0%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lowcountry Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Lowcountry Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lowcountry Food Bank (SC) 92.38 four stars
Maui Food Bank (HI) 97.32 four stars
West Texas Food Bank (TX) 87.44 three stars
Treasure Coast Food Bank (FL) 92.92 four stars
Houston Food Bank (TX) 100.00 four stars

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The Lowcountry Food Bank works to feed the poor and hungry of the ten coastal counties of South Carolina by soliciting and distributing food and grocery products to nonprofit agencies serving the poor, and to educate the public about the problems of and solutions to domestic hunger. The Lowcountry Food Bank was founded in 1983 as a clearinghouse for donated food items through the generosity of both the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina and Trident United Way. Our service model is simple and cost-effective. We collect, inspect, maintain, and distribute otherwise wasted food products from manufacturers, food distributors, the government, supermarkets, wholesalers along with farmers to redistribute these food products to a grassroots network of 416 member agencies providing hunger-relief services.

REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $40,242,571
   Federated Campaigns $85,661
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $492,239
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $4,088,257
Total Contributions $44,908,728
   Program Service Revenue $2,330,144
Total Primary Revenue $47,238,872
   Other Revenue $104,564
TOTAL REVENUE $47,343,436
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $45,415,669
   Administrative Expenses $497,558
   Fundraising Expenses $589,253
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $46,502,480
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $840,956
   
Net Assets $7,966,982

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 $44,680,155 98.4%
Childhood Hunger Program $735,514 1.6%

Ratings History
Lowcountry Food Bank has received 8 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2015-12 05/01/2017 92.38 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 92.38 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 95.93 four stars
2012-12 05/01/2014 97.98 four stars
2011-12 07/01/2013 97.92 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 96.06 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 99.66 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 11/01/2010 99.52 four stars
2008-12 05/01/2010 92.18 four stars
2007-12 12/01/2008 81.87 three stars
2006-12 10/01/2007 77.70 two stars
2005-12 12/01/2006 70.27 two stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 80.76 three stars
2003-12 10/01/2004 92.28 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 57-0751835
Name in IRS Master File LOWCOUNTRY 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 (429) Other inner city or community benefit activities
(560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
Foundation Status Organization that normally receives no more than one-third of its support from gross investment income and unrelated business income and at the same time more than one-third of its support from contributions, fees, and gross receipts related to exempt purposes.  509(a)(2)
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 July, 1984
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End December
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
(Log In or Register Now to View Forms 990!)
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
  • December, 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
$116,777 0.25% Patricia Walker Chief Executive Officer

The Lowcountry Food Bank works to feed the poor and hungry of the ten coastal counties of South Carolina by soliciting and distributing food and grocery products to nonprofit agencies serving the poor, and to educate the public about the problems of and solutions to domestic hunger. The Lowcountry Food Bank was founded in 1983 as a clearinghouse for donated food items through the generosity of both the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina and Trident United Way. Our service model is simple and cost-effective. We collect, inspect, maintain, and distribute otherwise wasted food products from manufacturers, food distributors, the government, supermarkets, wholesalers along with farmers to redistribute these food products to a grassroots network of 416 member agencies providing hunger-relief services.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lowcountry Food Bank (SC) 92.38 four stars
Manna Food Center (MD) 90.00 four stars
Utah Food Bank (UT) 93.38 four stars
Food Bank of Siouxland (IA) 85.85 three stars
Food Bank of Eastern Michigan (MI) 96.46 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Lowcountry Food Bank
2864 Azalea Drive
Charleston, SC 29405
tel: (843) 747-8146
fax: (843) 747-8147
EIN: 57-0751835

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Board Leadership

Martha McNeil
Chair

CEO

Pat Walker
President and CEO

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