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Food Bank For New York City

CharityWatch report issued
October 2020

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

Food Bank For New York City
39 Broadway
10th Floor
New York, NY 10006

Other Names

Food for Survival

Tax Status


Stated Mission

To end hunger by organizing food, information, and support for community survival and dignity.

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Data based on Fiscal Year Ended 06/30/2019

Program Percentage: 77%

The percentage of Food Bank For New York City's cash budget it spends on programs relative to overhead (fundraising, management, and general expenses).


Calculated Total Expenses



Cost to Raise $100: $24

How many dollars Food Bank For New York City spends on fundraising to raise each $100 of contributions.


Calculated Total Contributions


Government Funding

50% to 100%

Percentage of cash revenue
coming from government sources


Financial Documents

Entity Document Type Tax ID
Food Bank for New York City IRS Form 990 13-3179546
Food Bank for New York City & Subsidiary Audited Consolidated Financial Statements Multiple
Entity: Food Bank for New York City
Document Type: IRS Form 990
Tax ID: 13-3179546
Entity: Food Bank for New York City & Subsidiary
Document Type: Audited Consolidated Financial Statements
Tax ID: Multiple

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.
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Food Bank For New York City
meets governance benchmarks.
Food Bank For New York City
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 Margarette Purvis Past President/CEO $657,308
2 Lisa Hines-Johnson COO $302,721
3 Veronica Jarrett CFO $231,320
Name: Margarette Purvis
Title: Past President/CEO
Compensation: $657,308
Name: Lisa Hines-Johnson
Title: COO
Compensation: $302,721
Name: Veronica Jarrett
Title: CFO
Compensation: $231,320

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 Food Bank For New York City fiscal 2019 tax filing (IRS Form 990, Schedule M) and audited Consolidated Statement of Activities for the year ended June 30, 2019, Food Bank For NYC received donated food on which it placed a value of $13,192,271.

In addition, according to the Food Bank For New York City consolidated audit of June 30, 2019 (Note 2L, Donated Goods and Services), Food Bank For NYC received in-kind contributed services, "primarily legal services," in fiscal 2019 on which it placed a value of $614,337.

[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 Food Bank For New York City tax filing for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019, Food Bank For NYC reports re: Compensation, Supplemental Information (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part III):

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

"The board approved the bonus for the President & CEO."

Food Bank For NYC reports $131,250 as "Bonus & incentive compensation" in calendar year 2018 for Margarette Purvis, "President & CEO (thru 02/2020);" her reported total compensation for 2018 is $657,308 (IRS Form 990, Schedule J, Part II).