Feeding America

Rating: 2.36 stars   25 reviews

Issues: Disaster Aid, Food

Location: 35 E Wacker Dr Ste 2000 Chicago IL 60601 USA

Mission: The mission of America's Second Harvest is to create a hunger-free America. We distribute food and grocery products through a nationwide certified member network, increase public awareness of domestic hunger and advocate for public policies that benefit America's hungry.
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Rating: 2 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

I am tired of the waste on mailings. Once a yr is enough. I now support my neighbors in need.

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Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I never donate to a charity until looking at their most recent 990 return. Guidestar is a wonderful resource for this information. Feeding America has 14 (14!) individuals making 6-figure salaries. No thank you. I want my charitable contributions assisting those in need, not making a very nice income for those who are supposed to be helping those in need!

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No

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

No

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 5 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

this is an awesome charity that helps feed tens of millions of families every year and it educates people about hunger and what people can do about it

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Definitely

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Definitely

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Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 3 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

I never heard of this charity until about a year ago when my company offered a way to donate to a few charities and this was one. Now i get frequent mailings. i have to agree with other reviewers who have said they are being bothered by too many mailings, and that some are too "slick" and look costly to produce. But I also think that is pretty common -- Many charities send me so much mail that I dread the trip to the mailbox. there ought to be an easy way to opt out, or reduce the mailings. As for feeding America, i have no other first-hand knowledge of their efforts or performance.

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Unlikely

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Come on, Feeding America...we receive your mailings almost every other week, and today, we received TWO distinctly different, separate mailings...one in partnership with Con-Agra. The partnership one had all these fancy three-color prints that had been custom-scored for tearing, and both had enclosed envelopes. I donate, but I also worked in the printing business and in adminstration for several nonprofits. I know how much all these fancy mailings cost...how many mouths could you feed with your marketing budget? Hint: If someone didn't donate LAST month, you might want to wait a couple more before hitting them with a campaign again...that is, unless you're trying to up your admin salaries.

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No

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 1 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

Forgive the length of this review, but I have never before been furious with a charity until now. We have been significant contributors and recently pledged a monthly donation -- which I will now cancel. IN MY OPINION, they are absolutely profligate in their spending on fund raising. Once we began donating, we were inundated with mailings for more more more. I wrote to let them know if my concerns. No reply. I received a telephone solicitation and during it I reiterated my concern. I was told that if I made a monthly pledge that I wouldn't receive any more mailings. HAH! Within three weeks of the phone call -- at which I made a monthly pledge, I received THREE more mailings -- one costing $.65 in postage alone. I wrote them a second time expressing my serious concerns about the way they were using people's donations. No reply. I have asked to be removed from all their mailing lists, will retract my monthly pledge, and will henceforth donate directly to our regional food bank. Feeding America is horribly wasteful.

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No

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No

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 3 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

I think this charity does good works. The Walmart Foundation lists them as a longstanding partner, and they seem to get good marks from charity rating organizations. But they spend FAR too much money on mailings soliciting donations. Even if you are already signed up as a regular monthly donor, you will get several solicitations a month to try to get you to send more. And their website gives you the option to opt-out of emails, but to opt-out of postal mailings, you have to call an 800 number (adding more overhead to them and inconvenience to you). I mull over the possibility of pulling my donations from time to time, but so far I think the good they do is enough to keep me giving.

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Likely

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Unsure

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Likely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

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Rating: 2 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

We have been steadily donating but get more and more requests, and today a phone call. Feels very pressured. We will not donate to them anymore, rather will donate to a local food bank.

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Unlikely

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Unlikely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

I've donated to Feeding America and volunteered at one of their Food Banks. This organization is the real deal. Everyone I dealt with is concerned about providing food to people in need. With the recession, many of those people are middle income familes that have fallen on hard times. They work hard to help and don't discriminate.

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I was out of work for a year and a half and wasn't even aware of Feeding America and their food banks. As a result, I didn't benefit from them but certainly could have used the help at the time.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Help them get their name out. They do a lot to help people, but few people have heard of them. I think they do great work and more people should know about what they do.

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Rating: 1 stars  

7 people found this review helpful

I work with this company (notice I didn't say organization because they act like a for profit company) on multiple levels. I had volunteered with them and most recently received food for another food pantry through them.

I think they started out with a good heart but now their goal is to be the ONLY network of food banks in the country. (Don't believe me? Ask someone who works there, they tell me that all the time.)

They have no problem spending money on any and everything. Like the reviews said above, the excessive mail solicitaions. They aren't concerned with what things cost.

Worst of all are the salaries. Feeding the hungry is a ministry, not a job you take to make big bucks. It disgusts me that they are okay with accepting that much compensation.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

have them start over.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Badly

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Some

Will you recommend this organization to others?

No

What is unique about this organization?

They are greedy - not many feeding agencies are so selfish.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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