Better Business Bureau Report for
Cleveland Foodbank

Better Business Bureau Report issued June 2016
Better Business Bureau Report expires June 2018

This BBB Accredited charity meets all 20 Standards for Charity Accountability. Find out more...

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Charity Contact Information

Name: Cleveland Foodbank
Address: 15500 S. Waterloo Rd.
  Cleveland, OH 44110
Phone: 216-738-2265
Web Address:
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Formerly known as:Greater Cleveland Community Foodbank, Inc.

Year, State Incorporated: 1979, Ohio
Affiliates: Country Neighbor, Lutheran Metropolitan Ministries
Stated Purpose: "to ensure that everyone in our communities has the nutritious food they need every day." The function of the Food Bank is to collect, warehouse, and distribute food and grocery products to social service agencies that feed the needing in the Northeast Ohio area. The Food Bank provides food to child care centers, group homes, and programs for the elderly. The Food Bank uses the Ohio Benefit Bank software to enroll low income clients in the public benefits they are eligible for including Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Clients can call the Food Bank's Help Center for assistance or meet with our outreach workers in the community. The Food Bank's major sources of revenues are food donations, contributions, foundation grants, and fee income and government contracts.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Cleveland Foodbank (CFB) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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In fy2015, it provided food and support to more than 800 local partner agencies and programs, making 47.8 million meals possible. It served 15,297 children through its Children's Nutrition Initiative which includes Kids Café, Summer Feeding, School Market, and Backpack programs. It also provided healthy, perishable food directly to people who need it most through its 1,260 Mobile Pantries. Our Benefits Outreach and Help Center team submitted 14,034 SNAP applications, providing access to 13 million meals.

For the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015, CFB's program expenses were:

Food Distribution 82,210,057
Total Program Expenses: $82,210,057
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Chief Executive : Kristin Warzocha, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: Shirley Stineman
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Cuyahoga Community College (Tri-C)

Board Size: 26

Paid Staff Size: 120

*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, invitations to fund raising events, print advertisements, radio, grant proposals, internet, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing, in-person solicitations
Fund raising costs were 3% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $78,619,107, 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 CFB's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended September 30, 2015.

Source of Funds  
Value of donated food received 64,682,522
Contributions 11,267,048
Purchsed food distributed 3,095,205
Federal, state, county government reimbursements 2,669,537
Greater Cleveland Food Bank Kitchen fees 1,554,274
Member Agency handling fees 1,038,552
Interest & Dividends 218,524
Other 160,798
Loss on investments -367,560
Total Income $84,318,900


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 96%  Fund Raising: 3%  Administrative: 1% 

Total income $84,318,900
Program expenses $82,210,057
Fund raising expenses 2,519,733
Administrative expenses 1,218,208
Total expenses $85,947,998
Expenses in Excess of Income (1,629,098)
Beginning net assets 19,583,716
Ending net assets 17,954,618
Total liabilities 3,769,460
Total assets $21,724,078

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