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May 15, 2020


Executive Compensation at Feeding America

by Anne Paddock

Feeding America is a 501 (c) (3) whose mission is “to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of food banks and engage the country in the fight to end hunger.” With more than 37 million people (or 1 out of 9 people) experiencing hunger every day, Feeding America seeks to alleviate hunger by procuring and distributing food, creating public awareness and educating the public, lawmakers, and public policy influencers, and conducting research on hunger.

In 2019, Feeding America raised $2.8 billion of which $2.6 billion or 93% were non-cash contributions (food). $188 million was obtained through contributions, program revenue, and royalties.  The organization largest expense was grants – primarily food  ($2.7 billion). The second largest expense was for compensation for the 326 employees who received $36 million, which equates to an average compensation of $110,000.  103 employees received more than $100,000 in compensation with the 18 most highly compensated employees listed below:

  • $1,084,830:  Diana Aviv, CEO (until 1/18; note the Form 990 covers July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019)
  • $  561,842:  Mathew Knott, President (until 5/19)
  • $  412,105:  Paul Henrys, Treasurer
  • $  344,166:  Catherine Davis, Chief Marketing and Communications Officer
  • $  338,654:  Katherine Leone, Chief Government Relations Officer
  • $  304,870:  Andrew Wilson, Chief Development Officer
  • $  303,560:  Matt Hayes, Chief HR Officer
  • $  270,299:  Carol Medlin, Chief Program Officer (until 1/19)
  • $  266,848:  John Vega,  VP of Philanthropy Operations (until 11/18)
  • $  260,365:  Ami McReynolds, Chief Programs Officer
  • $  258,079:  Claire Wellington, Secretary
  • $  252,810:  Nancy Curby, SVP,Strategic Partnerships
  • $  240,040:  Daniel Nisbet, VP of Development
  • $  235,133:  Ronald Martin, VP Financial Reporting and Budgeting
  • $  232,050:  William Thomas, Chief Supply Chain Officer (until 7/18)
  • $  220,366:  Claire Babineaux-Fontenot, CEO (as of 10/18)
  • $  210,015:  Elizabeth Nielson, SVP Digital and Direct Marketing
  • $  199,477:  Andrea Yao, Former Secretary (Until 6/16; note the Form 990 covers July 1, 2018-June 30, 2019)

The 18 employees listed above were compensated $6 million which equates to an average compensation of $333,000.

10 of the 18 (55%) most highly compensated employees are female while 8 of the 18 (45%) are male.

6 of the 18 (33%) most highly compensated employees left prior to the operating year or during the operating year. Many were provided  severance packages whose terms are not disclosed on the Form 990.

To read the IRS Form 990 (2018 for the year ending June 30, 2019), click here.

  1. Norm Reyburn
    May 4 2021

    As a retired Navy Veteran I was doing some research to identify where I would like to make a charitable contribution. Once I saw the salaries of the executive leadership in this organization, I was totally shocked! Firstly, that our governmental leadership would ever allow this organization to be a non profit and secondly, that any human being that fully understood what hunger truly is, would accept these inflated salaries to help feed the hungry. These executives should be ashamed of themselves. Where are your morals and ethics people?

  2. Liz Vogt
    Dec 30 2020

    You executives make way too much money. I am glad that you need to publish this information I will donate elsewhere.

  3. Mr & Mrs Thomas Palmer
    Dec 9 2020

    With those ridiculously high salaries for a non profit organization I’d never donate to you guys. I’d love to actually see some of these hungry people in a land where 70% of the population is considered obese! You all should be ashamed of yourselves and our stupid government is actually allowing you to call yourselves non profit for tax purposes.

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