Better Business Bureau Report for
Houston Food Bank

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2015
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2016

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability and is a Seal Holder. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Houston Food Bank
Address: 535 Portwall Street
  Houston, TX 77029
Phone: 713-223-3700
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:The Houston-Galveston Area Food Bank, Inc.

Year, State Incorporated: 1981, Texas
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Leading the fight against hunger.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Houston Food Bank meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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In 2013-2014, the Houston Food Bank provided 59 million nutritious meals to people who struggle with hunger with the help of 600 hunger relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas counties. The Houston Food Bank provided 1.8 million meals through the Backpack Buddy and Kids Cafe programs; distributed 25.6 million pounds of fresh produce; provided 10.8 million SNAP meals; served 800,000 individuals; and volunteers donated 265,503 hours equal to 128 full-time employees. OTHER PROGRAMS INCLUDE: Backpack Buddy: At participating schools, backpacks are filled for the weekends with kid-friendly food for at-risk children. Keegan Kitchen: Prepares meals for programs run externally like Meals on Wheels and US Vets. This is also where meals are prepared for Kids Cafe. Kids Cafe: Healthy meals and snacks served year-round on weekdays, along with nutrition and health education at locations throughout the Houston area. Nutrition Education: Teaches nutrition habits to promote health, which may reduce risk of diseases, such as diabetes. Training is based on USDA nutritional guidelines. Red Barrel: Offers a convenient way for grocery shoppers to donate nonperishables to their neighbors in need. Serving for Success: In the pilot phase; provides more food for hungry people through a collaboration that prepares individuals within the criminal justice system and others for success in the workplace and the community. Social Services Outreach: Raised awareness and assistance in application for state-funded social and health services. Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP): Government program designed to assist income eligible seniors receive a box of food each month.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014, Houston Food Bank's program expenses were:

Food Distribution Program 159,497,119
Total Program Expenses: $159,497,119
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Chief Executive : Brian Greene, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Mr. John Ragan, Board Chair
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: NRG Energy, Inc., Executive Vice President & Regional President - Gulf Coast

Board Size: 19

Paid Staff Size: 214

*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 fund raising events, print advertisements, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 2% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $151,828,379, 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 Houston Food Bank's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2014.

Source of Funds  
Donated food and household items 131,338,312
Contributions 11,329,746
Government grants and contracts 5,298,742
Agency fees 2,229,303
Other in-kind contributions 2,061,953
Special events 1,862,508
Investment return 1,503,027
Building Lease income 943,430
Sales of purchased food 776,332
Other income 273,951
Food preparation fees 259,236
Direct donor benefit costs -62,882
Total Income $157,813,658


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 96%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 2% 

Total income $157,813,658
Program expenses $159,497,119
Fund raising expenses 3,094,058
Administrative expenses 3,963,749
Total expenses $166,554,926
Expenses in Excess of Income (8,741,268)
Beginning net assets 75,023,573
Ending net assets 66,282,305
Total liabilities 50,082,330
Total assets $116,364,635

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The BBB has processed no customer complaints on this charity in its three year reporting period.

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