Better Business Bureau Report for
Hunger Task Force, Inc.

Better Business Bureau Report issued October 2012
Better Business Bureau Report expires October 2014

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Hunger Task Force, Inc.
Address: 201 South Hawley Court
  Milwaukee, WI 53214
Phone: 414-777-0483
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1980, Wisconsin
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Hunger Task Force believes every person has a right to adequate food obtained with dignity. We work to prevent hunger and malnutrition by providing food to people in need today and by promoting social policies to achieve a hunger free community tomorrow.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Hunger Task Force, Inc. meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Hunger Task Force is unique among local food banks because we fight hunger on all fronts. Emergency Food Program: Hunger Task Force is Milwaukee’s only Free & Local food bank. We deliver healthy and nutritious emergency food free of charge to a network of 80 food pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters in Milwaukee County. Since Hunger Task Force was founded in 1974, no charity has ever paid for food or delivery. Farm and Fish Hatchery: Hunger Task Force operates a 208-acre Farm and Fish Hatchery in Franklin, Wisconsin. The Farm produces over 350,000 pounds of fruits and vegetables annually that are infused into our network to increase access to healthy produce. The Farm is the only urban farm in the state that grows produce for the express purpose of feeding the hungry. Advocacy: Hunger Task Force was founded as an advocacy organization, and continues that work today by fighting to protect important federal nutrition programs like FoodShare, WIC, school meal programs for kids and senior nutrition programs. We also work to create and organize model programs that feed kids, including a county-wide summer meals collaboration, Universal Free Breakfast in the Classroom programs and after-school supper programs within Milwaukee Public Schools and other local districts.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011, Hunger Task Force, Inc.'s program expenses were:

Emergency Food 12,765,517
Total Program Expenses: $12,765,517
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Chief Executive : Sherrie Tussler, Executive Director

Chair of the Board: Mike Zeka
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Attorney, Quarles & Brady LLP

Board Size: 11

Paid Staff Size: 47

*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, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 8% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $7,221,316, 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 Hunger Task Force, Inc.'s audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2011.

Source of Funds  
Government Food 5,376,027
Donations 4,362,471
Donated Food 2,858,845
Government Grants 1,098,837
Other 47,648
In-Kind 13,348
Total Income $13,757,176


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

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

Total income $13,757,176
Program expenses $12,765,517
Fund raising expenses 608,569
Administrative expenses 409,502
Total expenses $13,783,588
Expenses in Excess of Income (26,412)
Beginning net assets 6,303,274
Ending net assets 6,276,862
Total liabilities 548,301
Total assets $6,825,163

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