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April 5, 2016

Where does $1 to Feeding Children Everywhere go?

by Anne Paddock

Feeding Children Everywhere is a Longwood, Florida-based non-profit 501 (c) (3) organization that does one thing exceptionally well: they make a wholesome, all-natural meal (with no artificial flavors, colors, or vitamin mix) called the “lentil casserole.” Made of lentils (60%), rice (30%), veggies (8%) and pink Himalayan salt (2%), the lentil casserole is a nutritionally sound meal full of protein, fiber, carbohydrates, vitamins and minerals.

How and what is fed to people is vital to the mission of the organization so they source their lentils directly from US farmers. The dehydrated vegetables – carrots, onions, celery, peppers, tomatoes, and garlic – along with rice and Himalayan sea salt (which has 84 trace minerals) all blend together to make a complete meal for hungry children and families around the world.

The casserole is extremely easy to make – just add the packet to boiling water – and allow to cook for 25 minutes. All inclusive, the lentil casserole is vegan and kosher-friendly. The packets are sold in a variety of portion sizes (1, 3, 6, 12, 24 persons) in sealed bags which makes them ideal for transport.

The IRS Form 990 (2013) for Feeding Children Everywhere reports the organization collected nearly $3 million dollars in contributions, gifts, and grants. Functional expenses (net of depreciation and grants) totaled $2.7 million (90% of revenue) summarized as follows:

  • $795,000: Compensation, Benefits, Payroll Taxes  (26% of revenue) for 39 employees (only 1 employee, the Executive Director received total compensation of more than $100,000 and his compensation was $133,000).
  • $374,000:  Office, IT, Occupancy, Insurance, Legal, Accounting, Advertising, and Promotion (12% of revenue)
  • $119,000:  Travel  (4% of revenue)
  • $122,,000: Other Expenses – not specified  (4% of revenue)
  • $635,000: Ingredients and Supplies  (21% of revenue)
  • $414,000: Event Expenses – travel, equipment rental, reusable supplies, and other costs  (14% of revenue)
  • $267,000: Freight Expense  (9% of revenue)

In other words, $1 in revenue was spent as follows:

$1.00:  Revenue

-$0.26: Compensation, Benefits, Payroll Taxes

-$0.21:  Ingredients and Supplies

-$0.14:  Event Expenses (Mobilize volunteers to assemble the meals and pack)*

-$0.12:  Office, IT, Occupancy, Insurance, Legal, Accounting, Advertising and Promotion

-$0.09:  Freight

-$0.04:  Other Expenses

-$0.04:  Travel

-$0.90: Subtotal Functional Expenses

$0.10:  Amount Remaining (to the Fund Balance)

*Hosting events with corporations, churches, and groups of volunteers serves a dual purpose for Feeding Children Everywhere. First, the volunteers help create the food packets thereby reducing the cost of paying employees although the savings are partially offset by the cost of holding the events. Second, the events get people involved, vested into giving back to those less fortunate, and hopefully inspired to give back in other ways in the future. The costs may be lower if all the packaging was done in one location in Longwood, Florida but the outreach to the community and the effects of their involvement (which would be difficult to measure) would not occur without the packing events.

As shown above, the ingredients cost 21 cents of every dollar.  Adding on the cost of packing, packaging, and freight brings the cost to about 61 cents for every dollar (which assumes all staff costs are allocated to the meal.  If half the staff costs are allocated to the meal and the other half to managing the organization, events, and fundraising, then the cost was about 48 cents for every dollar). Approximatley 29 cents of every dollar was used for office overhead, other expenses, and travel (or 41 cents if half of the compensation costs are attributed to managing the non-profit, events, and fundraising). And, the remaining 10 cents was used to strengthen the balance sheet.

Other information on the 990 includes:

  • There are 6 Directors (five males and one female) and an Executive Director (male) listed on the Form 990 although the website lists 5 Board Members, all of whom are male.
  • The organization has $703,425 in assets concentrated in cash ($461,584 or 65%) and equipment ($182,748 or 26%). Liabilities consists of accounts payable ($52,911) leaving net assets or a fund balance of $650,514.
  • Feeding Children Everywhere gave $33,460 in grants to charitable organizations  in the US with only one grant greater than $5,000 to E3 Partners Ministry in Plano, Texas in the amount of $6,750.
  • The largest revenue source was from JP Morgan Chase who donated $454,922.

It is also important to note that Feeding Children Everywhere provides a nutritionally sound meal that is plant-based with no animals products (there are no meat or dairy products in the lentil casserole). What this organization understands is this: If we can nourish the hungry without causing harm, why wouldn’t we? And, that is a very strong statement.

To read more about Feeding Children Everywhere, visit their website: www.feedingchildreneverywhere.com. To obtain a copy of the most recent IRS Form 990 (2013), contact the organization through the website listed above or click here.

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