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

Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana

Together we can solve hunger

four stars

98.23

2307 Texas Avenue Shreveport, LA 71103
tel: (318) 675-2400   Web Site
EIN: 72-1328890

Board Leadership
Marc Price
Chairman

CEO
Martha Marak
Executive Director

  Score
(out of 100)
Rating
Overall Score & Rating 98.23 four stars
  Financial 97.50 four 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 Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana serves as the primary resource for fighting hunger in Northwest Louisiana. We distribute food and other essential items to non-profit organizations who serve the needy in the seven parishes of northwest Louisiana. Food is distributed to low-income seniors, half-way houses, churches, the homeless and to individuals. We distribute 13 million pounds of food to our member non-profit agencies and needy individuals every year. Our vision is to ultimately end hunger in Northwest Louisiana.

We also offer programs for children living in poverty.

Our Back Pack Program provides children with a backpack of shelf-stable foods to eat on the weekends and during holidays.

Our Kids Cafe Program provides a hot meal and nutritional education to hungry children in after-school programs.

The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritional breakfast and lunches for hungry children that have no access to free food during the summer months.

The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana serves as the primary resource for fighting hunger in Northwest Louisiana. We distribute food and other essential items to non-profit organizations who serve the needy in the seven parishes of northwest Louisiana. Food is distributed to low-income seniors, half-way houses, churches, the homeless and to individuals. We distribute 13 million pounds of food to our member non-profit agencies and needy individuals every year. Our vision is to ultimately end hunger in Northwest Louisiana.

We also offer programs for children living in poverty.

Our Back Pack Program provides children with a backpack of shelf-stable foods to eat on the weekends and during holidays.

Our Kids Cafe Program provides a hot meal and nutritional education to hungry children in after-school programs.

The Summer Food Service Program provides nutritional breakfast and lunches for hungry children that have no access to free food during the summer months.

Impact & Results Score

Score
100/100
Program Name: Food and Emergency Distribution, Summer Food Service Program, Kids Cafe After School Meals, BackPack Program and Homebound Senior Box Program
Program Name: Food and Emergency Distribution, Summer Food Service Program, Kids Cafe After School Meals, BackPack Program and Homebound Senior Box 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
Northwest Louisiana 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
$1 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 Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana.
Data Source
Outcome data collected during the program. Northwest Louisiana 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 Northwest Louisiana 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 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

four stars

97.50

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)
96.0%
  Administrative Expenses 3.0%
  Fundraising Expenses 0.9%
  Fundraising Efficiency < $0.01
  Working Capital Ratio (years) 0.47
  Program Expenses Growth 9.4%
  Liabilities to Assets 1.5%
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana on recent 990s filed with the IRS.
All data for Financial Performance Metrics calculations was provided by Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana on recent 990s filed with the IRS.

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana (LA) 98.23 four stars
The Food Depot (NM) 98.23 four stars
Mid-Ohio Foodbank (OH) 93.07 four stars
Helping Harvest (PA) 89.86 three stars
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (NC) 87.16 three stars

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REVENUE  
Contributions  
   Contributions, Gifts & Grants $15,567,431
   Federated Campaigns $0
   Membership Dues $0
   Fundraising Events $0
   Related Organizations $0
   Government Grants $2,439,236
Total Contributions $18,006,667
   Program Service Revenue $402,159
Total Primary Revenue $18,408,826
   Other Revenue $108,061
TOTAL REVENUE $18,516,887
   
EXPENSES  
   Program Expenses $18,629,001
   Administrative Expenses $583,431
   Fundraising Expenses $187,514
TOTAL FUNCTIONAL EXPENSES $19,399,946
   
Payments to Affiliates $0
Excess (or Deficit) for the year $-883,059
   
Net Assets $9,052,109

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 $18,629,001 100.0%

Ratings History
Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana has received 9 consecutive 4-star ratings from Charity Navigator.

Form 990 FYE Date Published Overall Score Overall Rating
CN 2.1
2019-06 12/23/2020 98.23 four stars
2018-06 09/03/2019 98.23 four stars
2017-06 03/01/2019 96.66 four stars
2017-06 08/01/2018 94.07 four stars
2016-06 09/01/2017 96.66 four stars
2015-06 06/01/2017 98.23 four stars
2015-06 09/01/2016 96.66 four stars
2014-06 06/01/2016 98.23 four stars
 
CN 2.0
2014-06 04/01/2016 97.85 four stars
2014-06 11/01/2015 91.93 four stars
2013-06 08/01/2014 96.46 four stars
2012-06 08/01/2013 97.79 four stars
2011-06 06/01/2012 95.87 four stars
2010-06 02/01/2012 82.94 three stars
2010-06 09/20/2011 81.25 three stars
 
CN 1.0
2009-06 11/01/2010 84.15 three stars
2008-06 12/01/2009 86.18 three stars
2007-06 11/01/2008 88.82 three stars
2006-06 03/01/2008 89.00 three stars
2005-06 11/01/2006 79.81 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 72-1328890
Name in IRS Master File NORTHWEST LOUISIANA 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 (995) Described in section 509(a)(2) of the Code
(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 October, 1996
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
$81,877 0.42% Martha P. Marak Executive Director

Highly Rated

Charity Name & State Overall Score Overall Rating
Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana (LA) 98.23 four stars
Food Bank for the Heartland (NE) 93.60 four stars
Foodbank of Santa Barbara County (CA) 88.32 three stars
Missoula Food Bank (MT) 95.47 four stars
Mid-Ohio Foodbank (OH) 93.07 four stars

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Charity Contact Info

Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana
2307 Texas Avenue
Shreveport, LA 71103
tel: (318) 675-2400
fax: (318) 675-2440
EIN: 72-1328890

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Board Leadership

Marc Price
Chairman

CEO

Martha Marak
Executive Director

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