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

Lowcountry Food Bank

A common sense solution to hunger

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four stars

90.42

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

Board Leadership
Shelley Yuhas
Chair

CEO
Pat Walker
President and CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.42 four stars
  Financial 87.06 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 96.00 four stars
This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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 Information

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Reported Results
Total in 2018
Number of meals served or provided
32,000,000
This impact information is current as of March 2019, when it was provided to us by GuideStar. At this time, Impact information published on this organization's page has no effect on its rating per our methodology.

Financial

three stars

87.06

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

96.00

This rating was published 02/01/2019 and includes data from FY2017, 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) 0.17
  Program Expenses Growth 6.1%
  Liabilities to Assets 21.8%
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) 90.42 four stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee (TN) 91.35 four stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee (TN) 91.42 four stars
Greater Chicago Food Depository (IL) 93.42 four stars
Yad Ezra (MI) 86.78 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $45,399,233
   Federated Campaigns $73,600
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $775,019
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $3,264,901
Total Contributions $49,512,753
   Program Service Revenue $2,871,451
Total Primary Revenue $52,384,204
   Other Revenue $133,209
TOTAL REVENUE $52,517,413
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $50,265,486
   Administrative Expenses $902,061
   Fundraising Expenses $626,582
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $51,794,129
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $723,284
   
Net Assets $8,686,919

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 $48,934,671 97.4%
Child and Senior Hunger-Relief Programs $1,330,815 2.6%

Ratings History
Lowcountry Food Bank has received 10 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
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, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
  • December, 2012
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$137,482 0.26% Patricia Walker President, CEO

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Lowcountry Food Bank (SC) 90.42 four stars
Manna Food Center (MD) 95.70 four stars
Food Finders (CA) 90.85 four stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest Pennsylvania (PA) 92.92 four stars
Alameda County Community Food Bank (CA) 97.78 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

Shelley Yuhas
Chair

CEO

Pat Walker
President and CEO

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