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

Channel One Regional Food Bank

Helping feed people in need

four stars

93.37

131 35th Street, SE Rochester, MN 55904
tel: (507) 287-2350   Web Site
EIN: 41-1379713

Board Leadership
Susan Alqhuist
Board Chair

CEO
Virginia Merritt
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 93.37 four stars
  Financial 93.77 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 93.00 four stars
This rating was published 09/03/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

Channel One Regional Food Bank helps feed people in need through an efficient system of collection and distribution of food and non-food items to non-profit organizations that serve low-income people. Channel One Regional Food Bank takes in millions of pounds of surplus food from the food industry. That food is then distributed through our network of member agencies, including food shelves, soup kitchens, group homes and shelters. This past year, the Channel One obtained 4.8 million pounds of food and distributed 4.6 million pounds through the hunger relief network that serves a 14 county service area in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Channel One is certified member of Feeding America, The Nation's Food Bank Network.

Channel One Regional Food Bank helps feed people in need through an efficient system of collection and distribution of food and non-food items to non-profit organizations that serve low-income people. Channel One Regional Food Bank takes in millions of pounds of surplus food from the food industry. That food is then distributed through our network of member agencies, including food shelves, soup kitchens, group homes and shelters. This past year, the Channel One obtained 4.8 million pounds of food and distributed 4.6 million pounds through the hunger relief network that serves a 14 county service area in Southeast Minnesota and Western Wisconsin. Channel One is certified member of Feeding America, The Nation's Food Bank Network.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Food Bank, Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors, Supplemental Food Shelf, Backpack Program and Mobile Pantry
Program Name: Food Bank, Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors, Supplemental Food Shelf, Backpack Program and Mobile Pantry

Note: The Impact & Results score currently has no effect on the nonprofit's Star Rating.

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
Channel One Regional Food Bank primarily collects, warehouses and distributes food to front-line organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens. It also manages smaller programs that 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 Channel One Regional Food Bank.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Channel One Regional 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 Channel One Regional 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

four stars

93.77

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

93.00

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)
95.6%
  Administrative Expenses 2.5%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.27
  Program Expenses Growth 4.3%
  Liabilities to Assets 6.9%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Channel One Regional Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Channel One Regional Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Channel One Regional Food Bank (MN) 93.37 four stars
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida (FL) 94.69 four stars
Community Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Indiana (IN) 97.14 four stars
Montgomery Area Food Bank (AL) 93.14 four stars
East Texas Food Bank (TX) 97.34 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $14,608,190
   Federated Campaigns $103,096
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $59,135
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,259,350
Total Contributions $16,029,771
   Program Service Revenue $1,194,160
Total Primary Revenue $17,223,931
   Other Revenue $-6,423
TOTAL REVENUE $17,217,508
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $16,839,268
   Administrative Expenses $402,693
   Fundraising Expenses $291,318
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $17,533,279
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-315,771
   
Net Assets $5,186,291

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 $16,001,447 95.0%
Commodity Supplemental Food Program $398,809 2.4%
Supplemental Food Shelf $290,425 1.7%

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

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 09/03/2019 93.37 four stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 92.05 four stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 93.81 four stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 92.23 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 91.94 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 92.82 four stars
2013-06 07/01/2014 94.23 four stars
2012-06 04/01/2013 93.42 four stars
2011-06 05/01/2012 96.48 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 96.45 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 05/01/2011 96.98 four stars
2009-06 07/01/2010 96.90 four stars
2008-06 05/01/2009 89.35 three stars
2007-06 04/01/2008 85.69 three stars
2006-06 03/01/2007 90.21 four stars
2005-06 05/01/2006 87.11 three stars
2004-06 05/01/2005 89.75 three stars
2003-06 04/01/2004 77.15 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 41-1379713
Name in IRS Master File CHANNEL ONE INC
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 (121) Radio or television broadcasting
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 June, 1983
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
Not compensated -- Virginia Merritt Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$87,467 0.49% Linda Lovik Interim Executive Director
$52,885 0.30% Jennifer Woodford Former Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Channel One Regional Food Bank (MN) 93.37 four stars
Feed More (VA) 98.09 four stars
Weld Food Bank (CO) 96.87 four stars
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank (CA) 94.69 four stars
Target Hunger (TX) 89.50 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Channel One Regional Food Bank
131 35th Street, SE
Rochester, MN 55904
tel: (507) 287-2350
fax: (507) 287-2351
EIN: 41-1379713

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Board Leadership

Susan Alqhuist
Board Chair

CEO

Virginia Merritt
Executive Director

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