Food Lifeline

Food Banks, Food Pantries, and Food Distribution | EIN: 91-1090450 | Seattle WA

Food Lifeline
Mission: Food Lifeline has been working to end hunger in Western Washington for more than 40 years and is the largest hunger-relief organization in Washington State. By using 96% of our revenue to feed people facing hunger, we are efficient, effective, and make the most of every donation. Food Lifeline provides nutritious food to hundreds of thousands of people facing hunger every year by sourcing nutritious food from a variety of food industry partners.

Last year, Food Lifeline distributed more than 58 million pounds of food to our network of more than 300 local food banks, meal programs, and shelters. Food Lifeline partners with large-scale food producers, retailers, and distributors to ensure that unmarketable but still edible and nutritious food ends up in the hands of people facing hunger rather than going to waste.

Food Lifeline is a 501(c)(3) organization, with an IRS ruling year of 1980, and donations are tax-deductible.
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CONTACT INFORMATION
  http://www.foodlifeline.org
  815 S 96th Street
Seattle WA 98108 
  877-404-7543
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Exceptional
This charity's score is 94.69, earning it a 4-Star rating. Donors can "Give with Confidence" to this charity. 
This score is calculated from two sub-scores:
This score represents Form 990 data from 2020, the latest year published by the IRS.
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Star Rated Report
Financial
Performance Metrics
Program Expenses
96.3%
Admin Expenses
1.6%
Fundraising Expenses
1.9%
Fundraising Efficiency
$0.01
Working Capital Ratio
0.28 years
Program Expense Growth
16.17%
Liabilities to Assets
42.6%
Accountability &
Transparency Metrics
Governance
Policies
Transparency
Program Expense Ratio
96.3%
Expenses: Three-Year Average
Adminis…
Fundrai…
Program
96.5%

The Program Expense Ratio is determined by Program Expenses divided by Total Expense (average of most recent three 990s).

This measure reflects the percent of its total expenses a charity spends on the programs and services it exists to deliver. Dividing a charity's average program expenses by its average total functional expenses yields this percentage. We calculate the charity's average expenses over its three most recent fiscal years.

Source: IRS Form 990
Additional Information
Unscored
Total Revenue
and Expenses
Data Available
Salary of
Key Persons
Data Available
IRS Published Data
(Business Master File)
Data Available
Data Sources
(IRS Forms 990)
Historical Ratings
Data Available
Total Revenue and Expenses
This chart displays the trend of revenue and expenses over the past several years for this organization, as reported on their IRS Form 990.
Revenue
Expenses
FY2018
FY2019
FY2020
0
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100M
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  Impact & Results

This score estimates the actual impact a nonprofit has on the lives of those it serves, and determines whether it is making good use of donor resources to achieve that impact.
Impact & Results Score
100
out of 100
Food Lifeline is , earning a passing score. This score has no effect on the organization's Star Rating.

Impact
$2 provides a meal to a person in need.

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Impact & Results Report
100
of 100 points
Rated Program
Outcomes and Cost
Impact and Determination
Nonprofit Comment
Analysis Details
Rated Program

Program
Direct Distribution, Online Ordering and Pickup and Mobile Food Programs
Activities
The nonprofit collects, warehouses and distributes food to front-line organizations like food pantries and soup kitchens.
Program Type
Beneficiaries Served
Program Geography
Time Period of Data

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Additional Information
Unscored
Largest Programs


Food Lifeline reported its largest program on its FY 2020 Form 990 as:

$128,091,192
Spent in most recent FY
100%
Percent of program expenses

FOOD LIFELINE SOURCED AND DISTRIBUTED OVER 58 MILLION POUNDS OF FOOD IN 2020, WHICH IS ENOUGH FOOD TO CREATE THE EQUIVALENT OF 49 MILLION MEALS. WE PROVIDE ENOUGH FOOD TO CREATE THE EQUIVALENT OF 134, ... (More)
  Leadership & Adaptability

This score provides an assessment of the organization's leadership capacity, strategic thinking and planning, and ability to innovate or respond to changes in constituent demand/need or other relevant social and economic conditions to achieve the organization's mission.
Leadership & Adaptability Score
Not Currently Scored
Food Lifeline is currently not eligible for a Leadership & Adaptability score because we have not received its L&A survey responses.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that the organization has not yet submitted data for evaluation.
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Additional Information
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Organization Leadership

Linda Nageotte
President, CEO
Chris Blanton
Chair
  Culture & Community

This score provides an assessment of the organization's engagement with the constituents it serves, a practice we term Constituent Feedback. When organizations listen to constituents, they are able to better deliver on programs and meet the needs of stakeholders. A future version of this Beacon will also assess an organization's people operations and its Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) metrics.
Culture & Community Score
Not Currently Scored
Food Lifeline is currently not eligible for a Culture & Community score because we have not received its Constituent Feedback data. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

Note: The absence of a score does not indicate a positive or negative assessment, it only indicates that we have not yet evaluated the organization.
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Culture & Community Report
Unscored
Constituent Feedback
No Data Available
Analysis and Research
Constituent Feedback

Constituent Feedback and Listening Practice data are not available for this organization. Nonprofit organizations are encouraged to fill out the How We Listen section of their Candid profile. This data will provide the basis for the initial evaluation of Culture & Community.

Charity Navigator believes nonprofit organizations that engage in inclusive practices, such as collecting feedback from the people and communities they serve, may be more effective. We award every nonprofit that completes the Candid survey full credit for this Beacon, in recognition of their willingness to publicly share this information with the nonprofit and philanthropic communities. Although the data is not evaluated for quality at this time, future iterations of this Beacon will include third party or other data that will serve to validate the information provided by the nonprofit.
94.69
Out of 100
Financial
92.50
Out of 100
Accountability
& Transparency
100.00
Out of 100
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