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

The Redwood Empire Food Bank

To end hunger in our community.

four stars

95.86

3990 Brickway Boulevard Santa Rosa, CA 95403
tel: (707) 523-7900   Web Site
EIN: 68-0121855

Board Leadership
Brendan Kunkle
President

CEO
David Goodman
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 95.86 four stars
  Financial 94.15 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 08/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) is to end hunger in our community. We define ending hunger as having in place a community response system that makes adequate nutrition assistance available and accessible to anyone in need.

Established in 1987, the REFB is the largest distribution hub and major provider of emergency food serving north coastal California - from Sonoma County to the Oregon border. Offering over 200 monthly and weekly direct service distributions in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties, the REFB also acquires and distributes food through a network of 170 charitable agencies that rely on the REFB to supply the food that fuels hunger-relief and human services programs spanning five counties, including Humboldt and Del Norte. In addition, the REFB advocates for effective legislation that will provide long-term solutions to hunger in our community. During fiscal year 2017-2018, over 17.5 million pounds of food was distributed to feed 82,000 people in need.

The mission of The Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) is to end hunger in our community. We define ending hunger as having in place a community response system that makes adequate nutrition assistance available and accessible to anyone in need.

Established in 1987, the REFB is the largest distribution hub and major provider of emergency food serving north coastal California - from Sonoma County to the Oregon border. Offering over 200 monthly and weekly direct service distributions in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino counties, the REFB also acquires and distributes food through a network of 170 charitable agencies that rely on the REFB to supply the food that fuels hunger-relief and human services programs spanning five counties, including Humboldt and Del Norte. In addition, the REFB advocates for effective legislation that will provide long-term solutions to hunger in our community. During fiscal year 2017-2018, over 17.5 million pounds of food was distributed to feed 82,000 people in need.

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: The Redwood Empire Food Bank
Program Activities
The Redwood Empire 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.
Impact Assessment
5/5
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 The Redwood Empire Food Bank.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. The Redwood Empire 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 The Redwood Empire 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 November 2019, 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

94.15

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 08/01/2019 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)
95.1%
  Administrative Expenses 1.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 2.8%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.02
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.76
  Program Expenses Growth 2.2%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.3%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Redwood Empire Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Redwood Empire Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Redwood Empire Food Bank (CA) 95.86 four stars
Northampton Survival Center (MA) 85.59 three stars
St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance (AZ) 94.69 four stars
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (PA) 92.08 four stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of North Central Ohio (OH) 96.53 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $39,728,347
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $515,237
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,099,409
Total Contributions $41,342,993
   Program Service Revenue $1,274,436
Total Primary Revenue $42,617,429
   Other Revenue $42,968
TOTAL REVENUE $42,660,397
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $31,827,694
   Administrative Expenses $744,452
   Fundraising Expenses $1,163,246
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $33,735,392
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $8,925,005
   
Net Assets $24,237,601

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 $31,827,694 100.0%

Ratings History
The Redwood Empire Food Bank has received 16 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 08/01/2019 95.86 four stars
2017-06 09/01/2018 96.94 four stars
2016-06 12/01/2017 99.47 four stars
2016-06 10/01/2017 97.12 four stars
2015-06 09/01/2016 97.17 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 96.75 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 05/01/2015 96.11 four stars
2013-06 02/01/2015 95.25 four stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 93.18 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 94.62 four stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 96.97 four stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 92.92 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 08/01/2010 97.16 four stars
2008-06 11/01/2009 97.15 four stars
2007-06 10/01/2008 94.46 four stars
2006-06 02/01/2008 93.75 four stars
2005-06 06/01/2006 93.92 four stars
2004-06 07/01/2005 94.67 four stars
2003-06 10/01/2004 94.78 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 68-0121855
Name in IRS Master File REDWOOD EMPIRE FOOD BANK
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 (320) Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, etc.
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 November, 1991
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, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$183,888 0.54% David J. Goodman Chief Executive Officer

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Redwood Empire Food Bank (CA) 95.86 four stars
God's Pantry Food Bank (KY) 100.00 four stars
East Texas Food Bank (TX) 95.28 four stars
Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (NC) 94.69 four stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida (FL) 92.92 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Redwood Empire Food Bank
3990 Brickway Boulevard
Santa Rosa, CA 95403
tel: (707) 523-7900
fax: (707) 523-7901
EIN: 68-0121855

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Board Leadership

Brendan Kunkle
President

CEO

David Goodman
Executive Director

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