Better Business Bureau Report for
Greater Chicago Food Depository

Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2018

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Greater Chicago Food Depository
Address: 4100 West Ann Lurie Place
  Chicago , IL 60632
Phone: 773-247-3663
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1978, Illinois
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: We are Chicago’s food bank — a nonprofit food distribution and training center that provides food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Greater Chicago Food Depository meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Food Bank operations to provide emergency food assistance in Cook County, Illinois through solicitation, storage and distribution of donated, purchased and government food. This is accomplished through a network of more than 450 partner agencies including food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters. We also run programs to alleviate food insecurity among priority populations including children, older adults, veterans and underemployed/underemployed adults. Finally, we have mobile responses to reach underserved populations including produce and other nutritious food.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015, Greater Chicago Food Depository's program expenses were:

Contributed Food Distributed 64,555,850
Food Bank Operations 27,217,235
Total Program Expenses: $91,773,085
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Chief Executive : Katherine R Maehr, Executive Director & President

Chair of the Board: Patrick Mulhern
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: CEO at Spice Chain

Board Size: 26

Paid Staff Size: 165

*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 4% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $101,179,001, 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 Greater Chicago Food Depository's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Contributed Food Received 43,793,762
Fees and Grants 26,533,347
Contributions/Grants 20,426,856
Satisfaction of program restrictions 6,967,896
Feeding Program Revenue 3,389,960
Investment Income 543,120
Other Income 67,180
Released from Temp Restricted -899,658
Total Income $100,822,463


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

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

Total income $100,822,463
Program expenses $91,773,085
Fund raising expenses 3,632,798
Administrative expenses 2,936,384
Total expenses $98,342,267
Income in Excess of Expenses 2,480,196
Beginning net assets 80,610,975
Ending net assets 83,091,171
Total liabilities 3,372,170
Total assets $86,463,341

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