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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Coronavirus Relief Food Banks, Disaster Aid, Disaster Preparedness & Relief Services, Food, Food Banks & Pantries, Food Programs

Mission: Feeding america's mission is to feed america's hungry through a nationwide network of food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

Programs: Food procurement - see schedule o

member services - see schedule o

public awareness and education - see schedule o

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

1 Frank L.2

Volunteer

Rating: 4

I give to the salvation army money and food, I actually watched people in need pick up the food I wish I was Super rich I would buy truck loads to feed families in need,gods will be done through me,I give what I can.

Review from Guidestar

16

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1


San Francisco-Marin Food Bank
Food Banks
900 Pennsylvania Ave
San Francisco, CA 94107
1.0 star rating 12/14/2016
This really gets under my skin. These people are raping the american people for Billions of dollars, while the ceo's collect ridiculous amounts of monies.........Here is some stats for you.

They claim they give back 98 % but of course expenses which include salaries are included in this number...........GRRRR
Compensation of Leaders for Feeding America.....
(FYE 06/2015)
Compensation % of Expenses
Paid to
Title Matthew Knott President, Interim CEO
$377,619 0.01%
Other Salaries of Note
$606,521 0.02% Robert Aiken Former Chief Executive Officer The new Ceo Diana Aviv is raking in a cool 450,000 plus expenses!
PLEASE RESEARCH WHO YOU ARE GIVING TO....IT LITERALLY IS HEART BREAKING.
FELL FREE TO SHARE

18

Donor

Rating: 1

Like others, I donated to Feeding America in December and have since been flooded with spam emails and junk mail from other organizations that they apparently sold my info to. Feeding America will never get another penny from me and neither will any of the other organizations that are soliciting me.

19

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

This charity is so annoying! I have been getting non-stop phone calls from "IL number"- I had NINE in one day, starting at 8:15 AM on Saturday for goodness' sake, and sometimes lasting until after 9PM! Thank God I have a phone blocker function on my phone. Now I'm getting unsolicited emails from these people. We donate to charity every year, all year, and these stupid, constant, unsolicited emails and phone calls do nothing other than anger me. They may do good work, but they're making no headway with our household. I feel like we're being stalked.

18

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Here's an idea for those who are tired of getting junk mail: see if you can donate through a Coinstar machine at your local grocery store. There's no fee, you don't have to give any information, and you can still donate. Perfect!

27

Donor

Rating: 1

Like many other donors I checked to see how much money was distributed to the needy before making donations. They were in the 90 percentile. Thus we gave.
Since then we have been inundated with unsolicited requests that have been all but impossible to cut off.
I've called and written Feeding America and found they shared (sold?) our information to scores of organizations. Regardless of our attempt to stop these mailings have fallen on deaf ears. We will NEVER contribute to FA again nor will we respond to any of these other requests.

26 Maewen C.

Donor

Rating: 1

I donate every year at Christmas to a charitable organization. Last year I chose Feeding America. Since then, I have been flooded with junk mail from every organization around -- usually about 3 a day. I have never had my information distributed like this by a charity, and I would encourage you to donate elsewhere. This was such a disappointing experience. I have donated to Charity Water and Heifer International among others in the past and have never had my information sold. Really appalling abuse of supporters' generosity.

17

Donor

Rating: 1

I donated $50.00 dollars during Christmas. Thinking this would be nice and help. Now I have endless junk mail coming in from Feeding America and all the other companies that want money donations that Feeding America sold, rented and/or shared with them. After a couple weeks of junk mail almost daily, I contacted Feeding America and they said they would remove me from their list and stop renting, selling name and address. Well almost four months later I am still receiving JUNK mail for all kinds of request for donations from other companies and still from Feeding America.
I WILL NEVER FROM THIS DAY FORWARD DONATE TO ANY COMPANY!

Thanks FEEDING AMERICA for screwing up my mail. If you want ENDLESS JUNK MAIL just donate to Feeding America!

Mike

22

Donor

Rating: 5

Feeding America matches my donations between 5X and 17X with corporate funds. Last year I put $850 into the program with a $50 donation. You can't do that anywhere else, that I know of.

Secondly, the accusations here about their use of donation money is shamefully incorrect. CHARITY NAVIGATOR, one of the world's most respected charity assessors gives Feeding America an A for their use of donation revenue, and shows clearly on their website where every donation penny goes
( http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6584 ).

Thirdly, rating someone one or two stars because you receive a couple mailing a week from them? News flash: ALL CHARITIES DO THAT because in the longrun it pays to do so. Printing, die-cutting and distribution only costs about 2 cents when mailers are ordered by the hundreds of thousands. Mr. printshop man should know that. FUNDRAISING EXPENSES ARE 2.3% of their revenue
( http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6584 )

Fourthly, Feeding America's ENTIRE ADMINISTRATIVE COST IS 1.8% of their revenue.
( http://www.charitynavigator.org/index.cfm?bay=search.summary&orgid=6584 )

That's at least six low reviews disproved. You people need to calm down and do your homework before (1) believing everything you hear, and (2) coming here and falsely slandering a charity that gives away more than 37 million meals a year.

20

General Member of the Public

Rating: 1

I am a very low income 65 year old lady, with a disability .
I was denied services and food by these people.
This is a fraudulent tax free organization that takes donations but does not do what they claim they do.
My son went their to pick up groceries for me. He was given 5 items in a grocery bag that I cannot eat. 1 box of pop tarts, 3 cans of soup, of bottle of grapefruit juice.
According to their website I am supposed to receive a 'senior pak' that is a 20 lb. bag of groceries twice a month. while exiting their parking lot, my son witnessed 2 Hispanic families having their cars loaded up with 2 carts filled with groceries.
They will gladly accept your hard earned money for their living expenses however.
Give to a non fraudulent organization instead.

Review from CharityNavigator

10 Nina7

Donor

Rating: 1

Feeding America sold my address and as a result I receive an obscene amount of charity junk mail. As a result of supporting your organization I will need to spend time and money to stop all of the unwanted mail. Feeding America obviously does not care about the harm that they do to those who support them.

9 Ryan25

Donor

Rating: 2

The following is an email I sent Feeding America.
I want to be removed from your phone, mailing and emailing lists. We used to donate regularly but couldn't take the deluge after donations. I broke my vow and donated twice recently - requesting no contact - this Christmas - NEVER AGAIN! Wouldn't you be able to use more of my donations to feed people if you weren't using them to harass me? I am a regular donor to places that don't disturb me - your charity is bar none - the worst I have ever seen for this.

Review from CharityNavigator

7

Donor

Rating: 2

After receiving three letter in two days I contribute directly to my local food bank. Why give Feeding America a cut of your donation to fund their excessive marketing costs?

Review from CharityNavigator

7

Donor

Rating: 1

these guys never explained what my donation was being used for so i stopped donating. 10 months ago i asked them to never contact me again. i got email from them confirming they would not contact me. 6 months ago they starting calling me on the phone in place of flooding my mailbox. i AGAIN contact them asking them to never contact me as well as file a complaint with the better business bureau. they AGAIN send me an email saying they will never contact me again. tonight i get another harassing phone call from them. these people are classless jerks who arent worth anyones time.

6

Donor

Rating: 2

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

Review from CharityNavigator

13

Donor

Rating: 1

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!

4 Chris60

Donor

Rating: 5

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

Review from CharityNavigator

6 David80

Donor

Rating: 3

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

10

General Member of the Public

Rating: 2

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.

10 Ed__4

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

Donor

Rating: 3

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

9

Donor

Rating: 2

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

1

Donor

Rating: 5

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.

11

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 1

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

3 Rebecca S.

Donor

Rating: 3

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

4

Donor

Rating: 1

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.

Review from CharityNavigator

2

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Very good charity. They give food to so many people and also donate food to other local food banks.

Review from CharityNavigator

3

Donor

Rating: 4

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

Review from CharityNavigator

6

Donor

Rating: 2

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 .

Review from CharityNavigator