Better Business Bureau Report for
The Greater Boston Food Bank, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued September 2005
Better Business Bureau Report expires September 2009

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Charity Contact Information

Name: The Greater Boston Food Bank, Inc.
Address: 99 Atkinson Street
  Boston, MA 02118
Phone: 617-427-5200
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1981, Massachusetts
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: The Greater Boston Food Bank distributes food and grocery products to hunger-relief agencies throughout eastern Massachusetts. Our mission statement is "to help end hunger in eastern Massachusetts - by acquiring and distributing as much food as we can, by promoting nutrition education and hunger awareness in the community and by developing partnerships with others who care."

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Evaluation Conclusions


The Greater Boston Food Bank, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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The Greater Boston Food Bank distributes approximately 30 million pounds of food and grocery products annually to more than 600 hunger relief agencies who serve 83,000 a week throughout eastern Massachusetts in a dedicated partnership to end hunger in our region. The Food Bank also has several direct distribution programs (Second Helping, Kid's Cafe, Brown Bag) which provide food to children and elders in the communities we serve.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005, The Greater Boston Food Bank, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Food Distribution 28,169,846
Warehouse 1,693,031
Food Acquisition 432,902
Member Services 355,407
Nutrition 269,933
Second Helping 196,822
Total Program Expenses: $31,117,941
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Chief Executive : Catherine D'Amato, President and CEO

Chair of the Board: Vicary Graham
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Regional President, BNY Mellon

Board Size: 25

Paid Staff Size: 65

*Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts, and other allowances.
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Fund Raising


Method(s) Used:

direct mail, telephone, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 14% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $9,928,379, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)
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Tax Status


This organization is tax-exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. It is eligible to receive contributions deductible as charitable donations for federal income tax purposes.
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The following information is based on The Greater Boston Food Bank, Inc.'s audited financial statements - combined for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2005.

Source of Funds  
Food donations 21,456,805
Institutional Contributions 6,882,408
State income - MEFAP 6,865,806
Individual contributions 2,192,109
Shared Maintenance fees 935,527
Special Events 787,294
USDA reimbursement 707,909
Co-op Income 537,493
Contributed services 309,569
Interest and dividend income 66,568
In-kind gifts 19,999
Other 18,214
Income from other food banks 12,164
Total Income $40,791,865


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 89%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative: 5%  Other Expenses: 2%

Total income $40,791,865
Program expenses $31,117,941
Fund raising expenses 1,427,615
Administrative expenses 1,663,203
Other Expenses 789,116
Total expenses $34,997,875
Income in Excess of Expenses 5,793,990
Beginning net assets 10,525,920
Ending net assets 16,319,910
Total liabilities 1,745,302
Total assets $18,065,212

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