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New York BBB Wise Giving Report for
Food Bank for New York City

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Food Bank For New York City
Formerly known as:
Food for Survival
39 Broadway
10th Floor
New York, NY 10006
Year, State Incorporated:
1983, New York

Stated Purpose


Food Bank For New York City is the city’s primary hunger-relief organization and the country's largest metropolitan food bank, feeding about 1.5 million people every year. Its mission is to end hunger in New York City by organizing food, information and support for community survival and dignity.

Over the past 30 years, Food Bank's strategic approach has evolved from a single focus on food distribution to a broad range of anti-poverty solutions that help families feed themselves and eat healthier foods on a limited budget. Today, Food Bank distributes nutritious emergency food, provides nutrition education in public schools and communities, and increases access to income supports and financial literacy in a number of ways to help millions of struggling New Yorkers feed their families, lead healthier lives, and become more self-sufficient. We leverage our expertise to boost poverty relief efforts across the five boroughs of New York City by providing technical assistance, training, and other support to hundreds of community-based organizations (CBOs).

Since its inception, Food Bank For New York City has distributed nearly one billion meals worth of food through its network of member programs, which today consists of nearly 1,000 organizations. In addition, Food Bank has provided $1.2 billion in cash and benefits assistance through its financial empowerment programs, which ensure that low-income New Yorkers are accessing income supports like SNAP benefits (formerly known as food stamps) and the Earned Income Tax Credit, and are gaining financial literacy. Integral to this strategy are our member agency programs, which range from small, volunteer-run soup kitchens, food pantries, senior centers, and day-care programs to public schools and some of the city's largest multi-service organizations. Food Bank's original research initiatives guide our work and allow us to engage in public policy discussions at the city, state and federal levels, and help make deep, long-term improvements for New Yorkers in need.

Evaluation Conclusions

Food Bank For New York City meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.


Food Bank for New York City (FBNYC), along with the support of volunteers, corporations, the food industry and supermarkets, operates a hunger relief network that reaches individuals in all five boroughs of New York City. The FBNYC provides wholesome, nutritious, and free meals daily for New Yorkers in need. FBNYC also helps New Yorkers at risk of hunger to become self sufficient.


Chief Executive Officer:
Ms. Margarette Purvis, President and CEO
Chair of the Board:
Rev. Henry Belin III
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation:
Pastor / Bethel AME Church
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, invitations to fund raising events, grant proposals, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing (i.e. affinity credit cards, consumer product sales, etc. that indicate purchases will benefit your organization).
Fund raising costs were 5.3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $58,251,661, 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 Food Bank For New York City's Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2012.

Source of Funds  

Donated food


Government contracts


Support - Foundations and corporations


Support - Individuals


Special events, net of direct costs


Sale of food and paper products


In-kind contributions


Shared maintenance


Other income


Total Income


Program Expenses  

Donated food


Distribution and storage of food


Nutrition services and education


Income policy


Research and policy


Benefit access


Community kitchen and pantry

Total Program Expenses:
Fund Raising Expenses
Administrative Expenses

Total expenses

Expenses in Excess of Income




Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 91%  Fund Raising: 4%  Administrative 5% 
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Beginning net assets $16,849,052
Ending net assets 17,075,766
Total liabilities 4,844,015

Total assets



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