Better Business Bureau Report for
Food Bank of Western New York, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2016

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Food Bank of Western New York, Inc.
Address: 91 Holt Street
  Buffalo, NY 14206
Phone: 716-852-1305
Web Address:
Also known as:Food Bank of WNY
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1982, New York
Affiliates: Feeding America, Food Bank Association of New York State
Stated Purpose: "exists to obtain nutritious food and support from public and private sources and efficiently distribute these resources to the hungry in Western New York through its member agencies."

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Evaluation Conclusions


Food Bank of Western New York, Inc. (FBWNY) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Since 1979, the Food Bank of Western New York has been helping individuals in need by acting as a bridge between available food sources and agencies servicing them. 39,000 of those served by the Food Bank of Western New York’s member agencies are children while 8% are seniors. In addition to distributing food, the Food Bank has programs to further assist its agencies and educate the community about hunger among the needy in the area.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013, FBWNY's program expenses were:

Food Bank Operations 16,924,228
Total Program Expenses: $16,924,228
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Chief Executive : Marylou Borowiak, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Michael J. Mann, P.E., Chairperson
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Consulting Engineer

Co-Chair of the Board : Tom Berical, CPA

Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Certified Public Accountant

Board Size: 21

Paid Staff Size: 41

*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, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $17,312,726, 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 FBWNY's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2013.

Source of Funds  
In-Kind Donated Food 9,051,597
HPNAP Grant 2,504,998
USDA Food 1,719,805
General Contributions 1,633,728
Fund Raising and Special Events 1,188,816
Program Fees 747,798
Private Grants 595,447
Shared Maintenance and AAP Fees 580,351
Other Government Grants 285,748
EFSP/FEMA Grant 196,024
In-Kind Contributions-General 136,563
Net Realized and Unrealized Gains on Investments 66,497
Interest and Dividends 24,600
Other Revenues and Reimbursements 11,662
Total Income $18,743,634


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 93%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 4% 

Total income $18,743,634
Program expenses $16,924,228
Fund raising expenses 588,163
Administrative expenses 750,327
Total expenses $18,262,718
Income in Excess of Expenses 480,916
Beginning net assets 6,904,615
Ending net assets 7,385,531
Total liabilities 452,419
Total assets $7,837,950

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