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

Lowcountry Food Bank

A common sense solution to hunger

four stars

90.75

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

Board Leadership
Monica Scott
Chair

CEO
Nick Osborne
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.75 four stars
  Financial 89.66 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 92.00 four stars
This rating was published 03/01/2021 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

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.

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.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Partner Member Agency Distribution, Senior Programs, Childhood Hunger Programs and Produce Distribution
Program Name: Partner Member Agency Distribution, Senior Programs, Childhood Hunger Programs and Produce Distribution

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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
Lowcountry 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 Lowcountry Food Bank.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Lowcountry 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 Lowcountry 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

three stars

89.66

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

92.00

This rating was published 03/01/2021 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)
96.7%
  Administrative Expenses 1.8%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.3%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.19
  Program Expenses Growth 5.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 17.9%
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) 90.75 four stars
Central Illinois Foodbank (IL) 92.92 four stars
nourish.NJ (NJ) 91.20 four stars
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (NC) 94.69 four stars
Atlanta Community Food Bank (GA) 89.61 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $53,150,481
   Federated Campaigns $68,024
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $1,173,483
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $588,175
Total Contributions $54,980,163
   Program Service Revenue $3,200,422
Total Primary Revenue $58,180,585
   Other Revenue $139,688
TOTAL REVENUE $58,320,273
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $55,016,306
   Administrative Expenses $1,049,003
   Fundraising Expenses $814,454
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $56,879,763
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $1,440,510
   
Net Assets $10,770,073

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 $53,552,455 97.3%
Child and Senior Hunger-Relief Programs $1,463,851 2.7%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-12 03/01/2021 90.75 four stars
2018-12 03/01/2020 90.85 four stars
2017-12 02/01/2019 90.42 four stars
2016-12 04/01/2018 92.38 four stars
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)
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  • December, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$174,573 0.30% Patricia Walker President & CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lowcountry Food Bank (SC) 90.75 four stars
Food Bank of South Jersey (NJ) 92.92 four stars
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma (OK) 100.00 four stars
Middle Georgia Community Food Bank (GA) 87.83 three stars
Dare to Care Food Bank (KY) 93.88 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

Monica Scott
Chair

CEO

Nick Osborne
President and CEO

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