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Better Business Bureau Report issued May 2017
Better Business Bureau Report expires May 2019

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: Harvesters
Address: 3801 Topping Avenue
  Kansas City, MO 64129
Phone: 816-929-3000
Web Address:
Also known as:Harvesters - The Community Food Network
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Better Business Bureau Comments

Year, State Incorporated: 1979, Missouri
Affiliates: None
Stated Purpose: Harvesters’ mission is to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow. We are a regional food bank serving a 26-county area of northwestern Missouri and northeastern Kansas. Harvesters provides food and related household products to more than 620 non-profit agencies including emergency food pantries, community kitchens, homeless shelters, children’s homes and others. We also offer education programs to increase community awareness of hunger and teach about good nutrition.

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Evaluation Conclusions


Harvesters (Harvesters) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.
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Founded in 1979 by a group of faith-based, non-profit, and business leaders, Harvesters-The Community Food Network is the community’s link between an abundant food supply and people in need. Harvesters takes a creative, comprehensive approach to solving the problem of hunger through four key initiatives: Feeding Children, Feeding Families, Feeding Seniors, and Healthy Eating. These initiatives are all informed by Harvesters’ mission to feed hungry people today and work to end hunger tomorrow. Our programs and collaborative relationships are focused on long-term solutions, leadership, and outreach to get more food into the community, ensure balanced nutrition, empower low-income clients with the knowledge and resources they need to make healthy food choices and educate the public on the issue of hunger and the link to healthy outcomes. As the regional food bank, Harvesters has the capacity to safely handle, store, and transport large quantities of food to its member agency network. As a certified member of Feeding America, the nationwide network of more than 200 food banks, Harvesters has access to donations of both perishable and shelf stable food and household products from national and local food manufacturers and distributors. Similarly, Harvesters has the capacity to accept large donations of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) commodities for distribution to our network agencies. In fiscal year 2016, Harvesters distributed more than 50 million pounds of food and provided more than 41.6 million meals.

For the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016, Harvesters's program expenses were:

Foodbank program 13,564,586
Total Program Expenses: $13,564,586
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Chief Executive : Valerie Nicholson-Watson, President & CEO

Chair of the Board: John George
Chair's Profession / Business Affiliation: Hallmark Card, Inc.

Board Size: 15

Paid Staff Size: 137

*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, television, radio, grant proposals, internet, door to door, planned giving arrangements, cause-related marketing
Fund raising costs were 15% of related contributions. (Related contributions, which totaled $14,322,979, 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 Harvesters's audited financial statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2016.

Source of Funds  
Contributions/Grants 13,760,452
Net assets released 1,248,022
Handling fees 1,131,338
Special Events 562,527
Investment Income 27,132
Total Income $16,729,471


Uses of Funds as a % of Total Expenses

Programs: 80%  Fund Raising: 13%  Administrative: 7% 

Total income $16,729,471
Program expenses $13,564,586
Fund raising expenses 2,197,255
Administrative expenses 1,161,143
Total expenses $16,922,984
Expenses in Excess of Income (193,513)
Beginning net assets 17,557,011
Other Changes in Net Assets (981,566)
Ending net assets 16,381,932
Total liabilities 2,546,492
Total assets $18,928,424

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