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

The Foodbank of Southern California

The Good Provider

four stars

90.19

1444 San Francisco Avenue Long Beach, CA 90813
tel: (562) 435-3577   Web Site
EIN: 95-3557056

Board Leadership
Alice Harris
Chair

CEO
Egerton Forster
Interim CEO

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 90.19 four stars
  Financial 86.13 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 100.00 four stars
This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Foodbank of Southern California continues to be a major force in the fight against hunger, by providing basic sustenance and proper nutrition to the community's hungry citizens and ensuring that no individual go hungry, not even for a single day. The Foodbank of Southern California works daily to alleviate the damage persistent hunger inflicts on children, seniors, and families by serving as many charitable distribution agencies and securing as many food donations as possible. We continue to be the largest distributor of food in the economically depressed areas of Watts, South Central Los Angeles, Compton and North Long Beach.

The Foodbank of Southern California continues to be a major force in the fight against hunger, by providing basic sustenance and proper nutrition to the community's hungry citizens and ensuring that no individual go hungry, not even for a single day. The Foodbank of Southern California works daily to alleviate the damage persistent hunger inflicts on children, seniors, and families by serving as many charitable distribution agencies and securing as many food donations as possible. We continue to be the largest distributor of food in the economically depressed areas of Watts, South Central Los Angeles, Compton and North Long Beach.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Agency Donation Food Assistance Program, The Emergency Food Assistance Program and The Brown Bag Nutrition Program For Seniors
Program Name: Agency Donation Food Assistance Program, The Emergency Food Assistance Program and The Brown Bag Nutrition Program For Seniors

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
Foodbank of Southern California 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 The Foodbank of Southern California.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Foodbank of Southern California 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 Foodbank of Southern California’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

86.13

Accountability & Transparency

four stars

100.00

This rating was published 12/23/2020 and includes data from FY2019, 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)
99.6%
  Administrative Expenses 0.1%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.1%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.04
  Program Expenses Growth 1.6%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.7%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Foodbank of Southern California on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Foodbank of Southern California on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Foodbank of Southern California (CA) 90.19 four stars
Food Bank of Northwest Indiana (IN) 92.55 four stars
Helping Harvest (PA) 89.86 three stars
Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia (VA) 91.23 four stars
Hawaii Foodbank (HI) 92.44 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $28,688,577
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $33,073,606
Total Contributions $61,762,183
   Program Service Revenue $0
Total Primary Revenue $61,762,183
   Other Revenue $17,901
TOTAL REVENUE $61,780,084
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $63,010,695
   Administrative Expenses $125,804
   Fundraising Expenses $114,754
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $63,251,253
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-1,471,169
   
Net Assets $2,943,167

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 Assistance $61,586,560 97.7%
FEMA $823,776 1.3%
TEFAP $493,060 0.8%

Ratings History
The Foodbank of Southern California has received 5 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/23/2020 90.19 four stars
2018-06 07/01/2019 94.27 four stars
2017-06 07/01/2018 96.46 four stars
2016-06 08/01/2017 91.15 four stars
2015-06 08/01/2016 91.45 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 89.93 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 10/01/2015 83.52 three stars
2014-06 09/01/2015 81.78 three stars
2013-06 03/01/2014 88.03 three stars
2012-06 06/01/2013 92.87 four stars
2011-06 04/01/2012 96.43 four stars
2009-06 11/01/2011 96.44 four stars
2009-06 09/20/2011 86.78 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 06/01/2010 94.97 four stars
2008-06 05/01/2009 92.44 four stars
2007-06 04/01/2008 78.09 two stars
2006-06 05/01/2007 74.25 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 95-3557056
Name in IRS Master File FOODBANK OF SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
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
(603) Non-financial services of facilities to other organizations
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 May, 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
$193,815 0.30% John Knapp President

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Foodbank of Southern California (CA) 90.19 four stars
Wichita Falls Area Food Bank (TX) 89.02 three stars
The Food Bank for Central & Northeast Missouri (MO) 91.81 four stars
Second Harvest Northern Lakes Food Bank (MN) 96.52 four stars
Oregon Food Bank (OR) 92.44 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Foodbank of Southern California
1444 San Francisco Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90813
tel: (562) 435-3577
fax: (562) 437-6168
EIN: 95-3557056

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Board Leadership

Alice Harris
Chair

CEO

Egerton Forster
Interim CEO

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