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: 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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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: 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

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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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.

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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: 3 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

We routinely give to this charity every quarter. However we receive at least one and usually two mailed requests for additional donations. I feel the solicitation for donations is a case of overkill. I loved the fact that in the past all donation requests were accompanied by a postage paid envelope, but now perhaps one in three are postage paid. If you would send less requests, perhaps one monthly to those of us who should be in your database as frequent donors and still provide postage paid envelopes. I hate throwing away request after request each month. I believe your rate of donations may even go up if you didn't nag those who routinely donate. I do believe you're running possible donors off due to the sheer number of requests received.

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I have not personally experienced the results of this organization. I have been told that a local non-profit has occasionally received food donations from Feeding America for our county.

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Suggest sending fewer donation requests to the people who routinely donate.

 
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Rating: 1 stars  

2 people found this review helpful

We made a substantial donation last year because we felt the mission was a good one. Two weeks later, we got an email request for more money. In the past few weeks we have been getting 2 to 3 letters a week to ask for more money. I am disgusted that they spend so much money soliciting when we donated to provide food for the needy. We will never contribute to this organization again.

Charities should make an effort to find out how people want to be contacted. We make our charitable contributions in December, and would like ONE notice late in the year.

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Rating: 4 stars  

1 person found this review helpful

BBB states that Feeding America (FA) meets the 20 Standards for Charity Accountability.

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n't know what to say.

 
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Rating: 2 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

I gave monthly to Feeding America but not any more. I think that it's a shame that the top executive can take a salery of over $400,000 and
not feel guilty .

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i don't know what this is for?

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Lower the salery of the executives.

 
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