Better Business Bureau Report for
Over-the-Rhine & Walnut Hills Kitchens and Pantry

Better Business Bureau Report issued December 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires December 2014

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Over-the-Rhine & Walnut Hills Kitchens and Pantry
Address: P.O. Box 6045
  Cincinnati, OH 45206
Phone: 513-961-1983
Web Address:
Also known as:Over-The-Rhine Kitchen
Walnut Hills Kitchen
Walnut Hills Pantry
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1976, Ohio
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: To help alleviate hunger in the community by serving the poor in an environment of respect, care, and hospitality.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Over-the-Rhine & Walnut Hills Kitchens and Pantry meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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BBB Accreditation


A BBB Accredited Charity since 05/27/2009.

BBB has determined that in addition to meeting BBB's 20 Standards for Charity Accountability, Over-the-Rhine & Walnut Hills Kitchen and Pantry adheres to the BBB Code of Business Practices, which includes a commitment to make a good faith effort to resolve any complaints. Charities that display the BBB Accredited Charity Seal pay a fee for review / monitoring and for support of BBB's services to the public.

BBB accreditation does not mean that the charity's programs or services have been evaluated or endorsed by BBB or that BBB has made a determination as to the charity's competency in performing services.

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Over-The-Rhine & Walnut Hills Kitchens and Pantry focuses on serving the poor and homeless by preparing and serving meals and by distributing bags of groceries and toiletries. The poor and homeless in Over-the-Rhine can receive a hot meal five days per week and in the Walnut Hills area the poor can receive a hot meal seven times per week. Individuals and families can stretch their incomes by receiving groceries and toiletries at the Walnut Hills Pantry on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The population that is served consists of people who are disadvantaged by their physical or mental health or other circumstances, and they lack the financial means, the psychological capacity, the housing, or even life skills to provide themselves with a meal and/or groceries. Among the guests, the charity sees the mentally ill, the elderly poor, the working poor, and those who are homeless. Through the services provided, the charity seeks to meet their basic human need for food and water, thereby improving their quality of life.

For the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2011, Over-the-Rhine & Walnut Hills Kitchens and Pantry's program expenses were:

Program Services 212,902
Total Program Expenses: $212,902
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Chief Executive : Ms. Patricia Wakim, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Sister Victoria Vondenberger, RSM
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Community Volunteer

Board Size: 14

Paid Staff Size: 7

*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 fundraising events, television, grant proposals, Internet
Fundraising costs were less than 1% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $1,265,163, are donations received as a result of fundraising activities.)
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Tax Status


This charity 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 Over-the-Rhine & Walnut Hills Kitchens and Pantry's audited financial statements for the fiscal year-ended December 31, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Donations 1,123,623
Grant Income 141,540
Interest Income 33,426
Unrealized Gain on Insurance Annuity Contract 826
Unrealized Gain on Short Term Investments 90
Loss on Sale of Property and Equipment -16,096
Total Income $1,283,409


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%  Fund Raising: 1%  Administrative: 8% 

Total income $1,283,409
Program expenses $212,902
Fund raising expenses 1,955
Administrative expenses 18,444
Total expenses $233,301
Income in Excess of Expenses 1,050,108
Beginning net assets 580,650
Ending net assets 1,630,758
Total liabilities 1,225
Total assets $1,631,983

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