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

Emergency Food Network

So that no person goes hungry.

four stars

91.16

3318 92nd Street South Lakewood, WA 98499
tel: (253) 584-1040   Web Site
EIN: 94-3131776

Board Leadership
Alice Phillips
Chair

CEO
Michelle Douglas
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.16 four stars
  Financial 87.50 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 05/01/2020 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The mission of Emergency Food Network (EFN) is to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry. EFN is the largest nonprofit food distributor in Pierce County, providing 71 partner food banks, hot meal sites and shelters with more than 13.8 million pounds of food each year. EFN leverages donated, purchased, and government food with food grown at their Mother Earth Farm to distribute more than 50% of the food in Pierce County's emergency food system.

The mission of Emergency Food Network (EFN) is to provide Pierce County with a consistent, diverse and nutritious food supply so that no person goes hungry. EFN is the largest nonprofit food distributor in Pierce County, providing 71 partner food banks, hot meal sites and shelters with more than 13.8 million pounds of food each year. EFN leverages donated, purchased, and government food with food grown at their Mother Earth Farm to distribute more than 50% of the food in Pierce County's emergency food system.

Impact & Results Score

Score
75/100
Program Name: General Distribution and Break Bags Program
Program Name: General Distribution and Break Bags Program

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
Emergency Food Network 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
$3 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 Emergency Food Network.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Emergency Food Network 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 Emergency Food Network’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

87.50

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 05/01/2020 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)
96.3%
  Administrative Expenses 1.9%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.6%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.17
  Program Expenses Growth -4.0%
  Liabilities to Assets 2.1%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Emergency Food Network on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Emergency Food Network on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Emergency Food Network (WA) 91.16 four stars
Second Harvest Community Food Bank (MO) 92.92 four stars
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (PA) 91.73 four stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of East Central Indiana (IN) 91.36 four stars
Food Bank of the Albemarle (NC) 90.28 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $20,763,076
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $470,786
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $982,841
Total Contributions $22,216,703
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $22,216,703
   Other Revenue $-139,529
TOTAL REVENUE $22,077,174
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $22,069,151
   Administrative Expenses $465,992
   Fundraising Expenses $396,974
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $22,932,117
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-854,943
   
Net Assets $4,263,528

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 $22,069,151 100.0%

Ratings History
Emergency Food Network has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-12 05/01/2020 91.16 four stars
2017-12 04/01/2019 91.78 four stars
2016-12 07/01/2018 92.78 four stars
2015-12 02/01/2018 95.80 four stars
2015-12 06/01/2017 95.30 four stars
2014-12 06/01/2016 95.68 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2013-12 08/01/2015 88.32 three stars
2012-12 04/01/2014 90.13 four stars
2011-12 06/01/2013 94.69 four stars
2010-12 04/01/2012 94.69 four stars
2009-12 09/20/2011 94.69 four stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-12 04/01/2011 97.29 four stars
2008-12 12/01/2009 97.16 four stars
2007-12 07/01/2009 94.63 four stars
2006-12 12/01/2007 94.11 four stars
2005-12 11/01/2006 88.10 three stars
2004-12 12/01/2005 85.95 three stars
2003-12 12/01/2004 94.63 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 94-3131776
Name in IRS Master File EMERGENCY FOOD NETWORK OF TACOMA AND PIERCE COUNTY
NTEE Code K30
NTEE Classification Food Service, Free Food Distribution Programs
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 April, 1995
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, 2017
  • December, 2016
  • December, 2015
  • December, 2014
  • December, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$131,211 0.57% Helen K. Mcgovern-Pilant Former Executive Director
Other Salaries of Note
$89,778 0.39% Michelle Douglas Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Emergency Food Network (WA) 91.16 four stars
Island Harvest (NY) 89.20 three stars
Kalamazoo Loaves & Fishes (MI) 90.00 four stars
Capital Area Food Bank (DC) 90.47 four stars
Montgomery Area Food Bank (AL) 93.14 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Emergency Food Network
3318 92nd Street South
Lakewood, WA 98499
tel: (253) 584-1040
fax: (253) 984-9368
EIN: 94-3131776

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Board Leadership

Alice Phillips
Chair

CEO

Michelle Douglas
Executive Director

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