Better Business Bureau Report for
Houston Food Bank

Better Business Bureau Report issued January 2014
Better Business Bureau Report expires January 2015

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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The Houston Food Bank feeds 137,000 hungry people each week by distributing food through 600 hunger relief agencies in 18 southeast Texas counties. In 2012-2013, the Houston Food Bank provided 64 million nutritious meals to people who struggle with hunger; distributed 284,521 food sacks to kids in 446 area schools; distributed 296,672 meals for kids at 34 after school and summer programs; and volunteers donated 234,400 hours equal to 112 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, 2013, Houston Food Bank's program expenses were:

Food distribution program 155,013,368
Total Program Expenses: $155,013,368
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Chief Executive : Brian Greene, President and CEO

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

Board Size: 22

Paid Staff Size: 190

*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, in-person
Fund raising costs were 14% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $18,572,614, 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, 2013.

Source of Funds  
Donated food and household items 138,647,721
Contributions 11,558,025
Government grants and contracts 5,187,415
Agency fees 2,303,218
Special events 1,827,174
Sales of purchased food 1,250,110
Investment return 1,187,818
Other in-kind contributions 1,087,576
Building lease income 932,093
Food preparation fees 798,471
Other income 345,912
Direct donor benefit cost -41,592
Total Income $165,083,941


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 95%  Fund Raising: 2%  Administrative: 3% 

Total income $165,083,941
Program expenses $155,013,368
Fund raising expenses 2,636,213
Administrative expenses 4,268,172
Total expenses $161,917,753
Income in Excess of Expenses 3,166,188
Beginning net assets 71,857,385
Ending net assets 75,023,573
Total liabilities 52,223,773
Total assets $127,247,346

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

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