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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Food Bank of the Southern Tier

A BBB Accredited charity


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Food Bank of the Southern Tier
Formerly known as:
Catholic Charities Food Bank of the Southern Tier formerly known as: Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Rochester
388 Upper Oakwood Avenue
Elmira, NY 14903
Year, State Incorporated:
1984, New York
Stated Purpose:
" No one should go hungry. The Food Bank of the Southern Tier commits itself to being the leading hunger-relief organization in the Southern Tier of New York. We will distribute quality food through a network of hunger-relief agencies, develop innovative programs, and expand local community, statewide, and national partnerships. "

Evaluation Conclusions

Food Bank of the Southern Tier meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


The Food Bank of the Southern Tier (FBST) provides food for those in need in Broome, Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties. FBST also operates the Youth and Education Services which is comprised of the Kids Cafe, a program that provides hungry children with free, nutritious meals and snacks in a safe environment, the Summer Food Service Program, which provides food for children in the summer who receive meals during the school year through the National School Breakfast and Lunch program, and the BackPack program which sends food home with children for the weekends. The Food Bank also has a hunger education program which educates youth about the root causes of hunger.


Chief Executive Officer:
Natasha Thompson, President & CEO
Chair of the Board:
Mr. Stephen Fowler
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
CFO / Corning Incorporated
Board Size:
Paid Staff Size:

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

Fund Raising

Method(s) Used:

direct mail appeals, telephone appeals, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements (newspapers, magazines, etc.), television, radio, grant proposals, cause-related marketing (i.e. affinity credit cards, consumer product sales, etc. that indicate purchases will benefit your organization)
Fund raising costs were 3.3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $10,159,428, are donations received as a result of fund raising activities.)

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.


The following information is based on .'s Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Food-in-kind assistance


Grants and contracts


Program fees


Special events




Other income


Total Income


Program Expenses  


Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 94%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative 4% 
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Beginning net assets $5,795,906
Ending net assets 6,959,950
Total liabilities 1,745,301

Total assets



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