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

Greater Lansing Food Bank

A hunger-free community.

four stars

91.02

P.O. Box 16224 Lansing, MI 48901
tel: (517) 853-7800   Web Site
EIN: 38-2424756

Board Leadership
Leslie Brogan
Chair

CEO
Michelle Lantz
CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 91.02 four stars
  Financial 93.67 four stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 10/01/2019 and includes data from FY2018, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Greater Lansing Food Bank makes certain that everyone in our community has access to nutritious food, because we can all agree, that no one should ever go hungry in our community. We provide emergency food to families and children and retirees and veterans who have served our country. We strive to alleviate hunger one meal at a time, to create a future where everyone has access to nourishing food, and to have a hunger-free community.

The Greater Lansing Food Bank makes certain that everyone in our community has access to nutritious food, because we can all agree, that no one should ever go hungry in our community. We provide emergency food to families and children and retirees and veterans who have served our country. We strive to alleviate hunger one meal at a time, to create a future where everyone has access to nourishing food, and to have a hunger-free community.

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: Greater Lansing Food Bank Inc
Program Activities
Greater Lansing Food Bank Inc 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.
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 Greater Lansing Food Bank Inc.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Greater Lansing Food Bank Inc 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 Greater Lansing Food Bank Inc’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

93.67

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 10/01/2019 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)
96.1%
  Administrative Expenses 2.7%
  Fundraising Expenses 1.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.40
  Program Expenses Growth 1.7%
  Liabilities to Assets 3.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Greater Lansing Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Greater Lansing Food Bank on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Greater Lansing Food Bank (MI) 91.02 four stars
Montgomery Area Food Bank (AL) 90.95 four stars
Northeast Iowa Food Bank (IA) 97.17 four stars
Southeast Missouri Food Bank (MO) 97.17 four stars
Nourish Pierce County (WA) 88.27 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $14,525,975
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $543,347
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $1,265,547
Total Contributions $16,334,869
   Program Service Revenue $789,232
Total Primary Revenue $17,124,101
   Other Revenue $18,402
TOTAL REVENUE $17,142,503
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $15,666,138
   Administrative Expenses $554,123
   Fundraising Expenses $219,939
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $16,440,200
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $702,303
   
Net Assets $6,734,254

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 $14,732,436 94.0%
Assisting Other Partner Agencies $521,870 3.3%
Garden Project and Lansing Roots $411,832 2.6%

Ratings History
Greater Lansing Food Bank has received 2 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2018-06 10/01/2019 91.02 four stars
2017-06 09/03/2019 92.00 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 38-2424756
Name in IRS Master File GREATER LANSING 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 (560) Supplying money, goods or services to the poor
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 August, 1982
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End June
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • June, 2018
  • June, 2017
  • June, 2016
  • June, 2015
  • June, 2014
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$126,000 0.76% Joe Wald Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Greater Lansing Food Bank (MI) 91.02 four stars
Food Bank of West Central Texas (TX) 92.02 four stars
South Plains Food Bank (TX) 90.67 four stars
Food for Lane County (OR) 90.61 four stars
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County (CA) 87.18 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

Greater Lansing Food Bank
P.O. Box 16224
Lansing, MI 48901
tel: (517) 853-7800
fax: (517) 853-7817
EIN: 38-2424756

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Board Leadership

Leslie Brogan
Chair

CEO

Michelle Lantz
CEO

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