Charity ReviewIssued: July 2015 Expires: July 2017
Standards for Charity Accountability
Northwest Harvest meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
The mission of Northwest Harvest is to provide nutritious food to hungry people statewide in a manner that respects their dignity, while fighting to eliminate hunger. Their vision is that ample nutritious food is available to everyone in Washington State.
Year, State incorporated: 1975 in WA
Also Known As: Cherry Street Food Bank
Washington's only statewide non-profit food bank distributor, provides the
equivalent of 2 million meals every month to their network of partner agencies
including over 370 food banks, meal programs and high-need schools. They
operate a 94,000-square foot warehouse in Kent and distribution centers in Spokane
and Yakima, plus warehouse space in Hoquiam. They collaborate with 19 regional
distributors as well to effectively serve all regions of the state including
isolated rural communities where people otherwise would go hungry.
Hunger Response Network, their statewide distribution, provides over 715,000 services to hungry people every month, up from 500,000 services prior to 2008. Their menu emphasizes good nutrition because many vulnerable children, seniors and families have poor access to healthy foods. Fruits and vegetables make up two-thirds of the food distributed.
Cherry Street Food Bank, Washington's busiest, serves up to 30,000 people per month near downtown Seattle. On full-service days, Cherry Street offers a Sandwich Brigade option for homeless and other clients needing a take-out lunch instead of groceries. On Thursdays Cherry Street's Baby Day Program serves 150 families per week with formula, diapers, and foods for children age 0-5.
Three Squares, the children's food backpack program, serves 50 high-need schools where participating students receive take-home food for three meals a day on weekends or school breaks. Each school identifies the 25 neediest children and delivers food while maintaining student privacy. Northwest Harvest provides child-friendly food (nutritious, shelf-stable, appealing, easy to prepare). Volunteers from local businesses or nonprofits help prepare the backpacks.
Northwest Harvest's new children's initiative, Kids Summer Food Club, partners with local food banks in July and August to serve families whose children rely on school meals during the academic year, and lack access to a summertime food program.
Board Chair: Ms. Kathy Brown, Senior Vice President Business Affiliation: Umpqua Bank
CEO: Ms. Shelley Rotondo, Chief Executive Officer Compensation:* $164,726
Board Size: 13
Staff: 41* Compensation includes annual salary and, if applicable, benefit plans, expense accounts and other allowances.
% of Related Contributions on Fundraising: 4.32%
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 Northwest Harvest's Consolidated Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ending Monday, June 30, 2014.
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