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Human Services : Youth Development, Shelter, and Crisis Services

The Food Project

Youth. Food. Community.

three stars

85.39

10 Lewis Street Lincoln, MA 01773
tel: (781) 259-8621   Web Site
EIN: 04-3262532

Board Leadership
Linda McQuillan
Chair

CEO
Linda McQuillan
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 85.39 three stars
  Financial 82.52 three stars
  Accountability & Transparency 89.00 three stars
This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, the most recent 990 received at that time.

The Food Project's mission is to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. Since 1991, The Food Project has brought together youth and adults from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to grow food for hunger relief and for innovative food system initiatives in eastern Massachusetts. We employ 120 young people in a three-tiered, year-round youth leadership development program and sustainably grow food on 70 acres of farmland in Boston, Lincoln, Lynn, Beverly, and Wenham. The Food Project is at the forefront of building and managing growing spaces for residents in food-insecure neighborhoods, increasing access to affordable, fresh, healthy food, and pioneering programs permitting and incentivizing the use of SNAP benefits to purchase fresh food at our affordable farmers markets and for CSA shares.

The Food Project's mission is to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to build a sustainable food system. Since 1991, The Food Project has brought together youth and adults from diverse racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic backgrounds to grow food for hunger relief and for innovative food system initiatives in eastern Massachusetts. We employ 120 young people in a three-tiered, year-round youth leadership development program and sustainably grow food on 70 acres of farmland in Boston, Lincoln, Lynn, Beverly, and Wenham. The Food Project is at the forefront of building and managing growing spaces for residents in food-insecure neighborhoods, increasing access to affordable, fresh, healthy food, and pioneering programs permitting and incentivizing the use of SNAP benefits to purchase fresh food at our affordable farmers markets and for CSA shares.

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Financial

three stars

82.52

Accountability & Transparency

three stars

89.00

This rating was published 12/21/2018 and includes data from FY2017, 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)
77.0%
  Administrative Expenses 5.2%
  Fundraising Expenses 17.7%
  Fundraising Efficiency $0.19
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.80
  Program Expenses Growth 2.8%
  Liabilities to Assets 4.6%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Food Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by The Food Project on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Food Project (MA) 85.39 three stars
North Marin Community Services (CA) 90.65 four stars
Helping Abused Neglected Disadvantaged Youth (FL) 88.42 three stars
Boy Scouts of America, Georgia Carolina Council (GA) 91.02 four stars
Boy Scouts of America, Greater Tampa Bay Area Council (FL) 91.34 four stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $2,768,168
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $0
Total Contributions $2,768,168
   Program Service Revenue $407,605
Total Primary Revenue $3,175,773
   Other Revenue $136,341
TOTAL REVENUE $3,312,114
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $2,414,346
   Administrative Expenses $158,943
   Fundraising Expenses $572,390
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $3,145,679
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $166,435
   
Net Assets $2,685,909

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
Youth Leadership & Training Programs $1,085,288 45.0%
Food Production & Enterprise Programs $865,692 35.9%
Public Education and Outreach Programs $463,366 19.2%

Ratings History

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2017-09 12/21/2018 85.39 three stars
2016-09 09/01/2017 82.70 three stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 82.42 three stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 09/01/2015 74.31 two stars
2013-06 10/01/2014 78.89 two stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 91.25 four stars
2011-06 07/01/2012 86.54 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 85.32 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2010-06 07/01/2011 78.13 two stars
2009-06 10/01/2010 78.82 two stars
2008-06 10/01/2009 86.04 three stars
2006-12 07/01/2008 95.32 four stars
2005-12 04/01/2007 95.59 four stars
2004-12 05/01/2006 95.75 four stars
2003-12 09/01/2005 90.30 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 04-3262532
Name in IRS Master File FOOD PROJECT INC
NTEE Code K40
NTEE Classification Nutrition Programs
NTEE Type Food, Agriculture and Nutrition
Classification Charitable Organization
Subsection 501(c)(3)  (View the list of codes)
Activities (994) Described in section 170(b)1)(a)(vi) of the Code
(349) Other youth organization or activities
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, 1995
Filing Requirement 990 (all other) or 990EZ return
Fiscal Year End September
IRS Forms 990
(provided courtesy of Foundation Center)
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  • September, 2017
  • September, 2016
  • September, 2015
  • June, 2014
  • June, 2013
Compensation % of Expenses Paid to Title
$90,000 2.86% James Harrison Executive Director

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Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
The Food Project (MA) 85.39 three stars
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Trail Blazers (NY) 90.71 four stars
Boy Scouts of America, Crossroads of America Council (IN) 89.96 three stars
Boy Scouts of America, Great Smoky Mountain Council (TN) 85.37 three stars

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Charity Contact Info

The Food Project
10 Lewis Street
Lincoln, MA 01773
tel: (781) 259-8621
fax: (781) 259-9659
EIN: 04-3262532

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Board Leadership

Linda McQuillan
Chair

CEO

Linda McQuillan
Executive Director

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