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Feeding America

CharityWatch report issued
May 2024

Top-Rated Charity
CharityWatch Grade
Our independent grade based
on a number of factors.
Program Percentage
Amount spent on programs
relative to overhead.
Cost to Raise $100
Amount spent to raise
$100 of contributions.

Contact Information

Feeding America
161 North Clark St.
Suite 700
Chicago, IL 60601

Other Names


Tax Status


Stated Mission

To feed America's hungry through a nationwide network of food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2022

Program Percentage: 82%

The percentage of Feeding America's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $18

How many dollars Feeding America spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

0% to 24%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Feeding America Audited Financial Statements 36-3673599
Feeding America IRS Form 990 36-3673599
Entity: Feeding America
Document Type: Audited Financial Statements
Tax ID: 36-3673599
Entity: Feeding America
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 36-3673599

Governance & Transparency

CharityWatch evaluates certain criteria related to a charity's Governance and Transparency. Donors may want to consider a charity's willingness to be open and transparent with CharityWatch to be a good litmus test for determining its commitment to public accountability.
This charity is Top-Rated
What does it mean to be Top-Rated?
Feeding America
meets governance benchmarks.
Feeding America
meets transparency benchmarks.
Provides Financial Information
Audit Accessibility
Governance: Policies
Reports regularly & consistently monitoring & enforcing compliance with a written Conflict of Interest Policy
Reports required, annual disclosure by officers, directors, and key staff of interests that could give rise to conflicts
Reports having a written Whistleblower Policy
Reports having a written Document Retention and Destruction Policy
Governance: Financials
Reports providing copy of tax form to all board members prior to filing it with IRS
Reports that financial statements were audited by an independent accountant
Governance: Board of Directors
Reports at least 5 voting board members
51% or more of voting board members reported as independent
Reports documenting minutes of board and board committee meetings
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  Name Title Compensation
1 Claire Babineaux-Fontenot CEO $959,665
2 Katherine Fitzgerald President/COO $531,174
3 Paul Henrys Treasurer $435,180
Name: Claire Babineaux-Fontenot
Title: CEO
Compensation: $959,665
Name: Katherine Fitzgerald
Title: President/COO
Compensation: $531,174
Name: Paul Henrys
Title: Treasurer
Compensation: $435,180

CharityWatch Analysts perform an in-depth analysis of charities' audited financial statements and IRS tax filings, and often review other documents such as state filings, annual reports, and fundraising contracts during their evaluations. Below are select notes that CharityWatch believes may be of interest to donors.

According to the Feeding America audit of June 30, 2022 (Note 6, Donated Goods and Services):

Feeding America received donated goods and services in fiscal 2022 on which it placed a total value of approximately $3,923,440,000, including approximately $3,808,438,000 in donated food  and $106,222,000 in donated media.

[Note: CharityWatch generally excludes the value of in-kind (non-cash) donations of goods and services from its calculations of Program % and Cost to Raise $100. More information on how grades are calculated and the treatment of in-kind donations can be found on the Our Process page.]

According to the Feeding America audit of June 30, 2022 (Note 13, Related-Party Transactions) [$s in thousands, as indicated]:

"For the years ended June 30, 2022 and 2021, Feeding America recorded contributions of $21,373 and $46,097, respectively, in cash and pledges and $1,595,978 and $1,469,107, respectively, in goods and services from companies that have representatives who are members of Feeding America's Board of Directors. At June 30, 2022 and 2021, Feeding America had $2,993 and $7,359, respectively, of outstanding contributions receivable from companies that have representatives who are members of Feeding America's Board Directors. Feeding America also distributes grants each year to member foodbanks, some of which have executives who are members of Feeding America's Board of Directors.

In prior years, Feeding America executed lines of credit to two-member food banks for the acquisition of trucks and warehouse equipment as well as operating purposes. The members made required principal payments throughout fiscal year 2021 and at June 30, 2021, Feeding America made the decision to forgive the remaining amount of debt. Feeding America does not anticipate entering into any future line of credit agreements with members."

According to the Feeding America tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2022, Feeding America reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

Regarding severance payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 4a):

"Catherine Davis and Alan Dorantes received a severance payment during the calendar year. The payment is included in Part VII, Column D and Schedule J, Part II, Column B-iii. The terms and conditions of the confidential severance agreement is available to the Internal Revenue Service upon request."

The amounts Feeding America reports on Schedule J, Part II, Column B-iii, Other reportable compensation, for Catherine Davis, former Chief Marketing & Comms. Officer, and Alan Dorantes, former Chief of Staff, are $163,530 and $106,574, respectively.

Regarding nonfixed payments to officers, directors, trustees, key employees and highest compensated employees (Schedule J, Part I, Line 7):

"Feeding America may provide executives with lump-sum bonuses based on executive's performance against pre-established goals, retention criteria during a major organization transition, and the results achieved by the Organization. Bonuses are reviewed and approved by the Executive Compensation Committee of the Board."

"The indicia used in this performance-based compensation plan include revenue, pounds/meals provided, and other 'non-revenue' related goals and metrics of the organization that are linked to Feeding America's strategic and fiscal year business planning process."

Feeding America reports "Bonus & incentive compensation" payments to 18 individuals in calendar year 2021. The payments range from $234,928 to $11,349. Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO, received the $234,928; her reported total compensation in 2021 is $959,665. The second highest payment is $93,971, received by Katherine Fitzgerald, President & COO; her reported total compensation in 2021 is $531,174 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).

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