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GREAT PLAINS FOOD BANK

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GREAT PLAINS FOOD BANK

EIN: 47-2229589


Mission

Our Mission: Ending hunger together. Our Vision: A hunger-free North Dakota and Clay County, Minnesota. Our Values: Passion. Service. Innovation.

Ruling year info

2015

CEO

Melissa Sobolik

COO

Kate Molbert

Main address

1720 3rd Ave N

Fargo, ND 58102 USA

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EIN

47-2229589

Subject area info

Food security

Human services

Population served info

Low-income people

NTEE code info

Food Banks, Food Pantries (K31)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Tax forms

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Programs and results

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Food Recovery and Distribution

Since 1983, we have partnered with hundreds of food industry members to recover surplus shelf-stable and perishable food product. This is food that would otherwise go to waste. Our partners include local, regional and national growers, processors, manufacturers, retailers, federal and state government food programs, food drives and Feeding America, the nation’s network of 200 food banks. Our role at the Great Plains Food Bank is to get this surplus food from those who have it, to those who need it.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
People with disabilities
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups

In partnership with five other food banks in the Upper Midwest as well as local growers and distributors, the Great Plains Food Bank fills critical dietary needs by bringing in regular loads of surplus fruits and vegetables from around the country for use by our partner agencies. We also welcome donations from farmers and ranchers across North Dakota and Clay County, Minn., for distribution to our partner agencies across the state.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Ethnic and racial groups
People with disabilities
Adults
Children and youth

We are a member of the North Dakota Voluntary Relief Organizations Active in Disaster (NDVOAD), a coalition of disaster relief organizations.
We, along with our network, lend support on several fronts when disaster strikes. Immediate relief in the form of food and supplies is directed to emergency feeding centers operated by NDVOAD partners.
We serve as a conduit of support, collecting and delivering semi-loads of product to communities and families when they need it most.
Beyond supply coordination, during the 2011 disastrous floods in the Minot region, we aided emergency shelters and mass feeding, offered food boxes to those evacuated from their homes, distributed cleaning supplies during the cleanup and rebuild phase, and provided additional supplies to food pantries and other charitable feeding programs who saw increased demand due to the financial hardships felt by so many.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities

In partnership with schools statewide we prepare, distribute and supply backpacks filled with food for children to take home over the weekend when other food resources may not be available. Packs offer kid friendly food items including milk, juice, snacks, and food for three meals to empower children to learn, grow and develop.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Low-income people
Ethnic and racial groups

Thousands of children across North Dakota qualify and greatly rely on the free/reduced lunch program at school, but over the summer months many of these children struggle with hunger. At park locations in Bismarck, Enderlin and Fargo, volunteers supply income-eligible children with a meal 5 days a week.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
Low-income people

We partner with elementary, middle and high school personnel across the state interested in hosting a food pantry at their location. Shelf-stable and fresh produce, along with personal care items are supplied and distributed to students and their families struggling with hunger in a safe and confidential manner.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Low-income people
Ethnic and racial groups

To address the hunger needs of low-income seniors in central North Dakota, we prepare and distribute nutritionally-balanced food packages on a semi-monthly basis. Items in these food packages include a mix of USDA commodity products and fresh fruits and vegetables.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Older adults
Seniors

Serving as a food pantry on wheels, our semi-truck rolls into communities that don’t have, or can’t support a traditional food pantry. With the help of community volunteers, we distribute prepacked boxes of food, and bags of fresh produce to individuals and families in need directly from the back of our trailer.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
People with disabilities

Located inside a clinic or hospital, a Wellness Pantry is filled with healthy foods, including fresh produce. After the patient screens as food insecure by their healthcare provider, the provider can invite the patient to visit the Wellness Food Pantry immediately to receive the food they need to best address their diagnosis.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Ethnic and racial groups
Adults
Children and youth
People with disabilities

In partnership with the North Dakota Department of Human Services we provide prescreening services, application assistance, and follow-up support to income-eligible individuals and families seeking Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to better meet their nutritional needs.

Population(s) Served
Low-income people
Adults
Children and youth
Ethnic and racial groups
People with disabilities

Where we work

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We take steps to get feedback from marginalized or under-represented people, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We look for patterns in feedback based on demographics (e.g., race, age, gender, etc.), We look for patterns in feedback based on people’s interactions with us (e.g., site, frequency of service, etc.), We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive, We share the feedback we received with the people we serve, We tell the people who gave us feedback how we acted on their feedback, We ask the people who gave us feedback how well they think we responded

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    We don’t have the right technology to collect and aggregate feedback efficiently, It is difficult to find the ongoing funding to support feedback collection, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
NET GAIN/LOSS:    in 
Note: When component data are not available, the graph displays the total Revenue and/or Expense values.

Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

10.13

Average of 4.66 over 6 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

2.5

Average of 1.5 over 6 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

21%

Average of 20% over 6 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

GREAT PLAINS FOOD BANK

Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

The balance sheet gives a snapshot of the financial health of an organization at a particular point in time. An organization's total assets should generally exceed its total liabilities, or it cannot survive long, but the types of assets and liabilities must also be considered. For instance, an organization's current assets (cash, receivables, securities, etc.) should be sufficient to cover its current liabilities (payables, deferred revenue, current year loan, and note payments). Otherwise, the organization may face solvency problems. On the other hand, an organization whose cash and equivalents greatly exceed its current liabilities might not be putting its money to best use.

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Financial trends analysis Glossary & formula definitions

Fiscal Year: Jul 01 - Jun 30

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

This snapshot of GREAT PLAINS FOOD BANK’s financial trends applies Nonprofit Finance Fund® analysis to data hosted by GuideStar. While it highlights the data that matter most, remember that context is key – numbers only tell part of any story.

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $775,877 $1,176,333 $2,093,450 $6,901,588 -$605,034
As % of expenses 2.7% 4.1% 6.5% 18.1% -2.0%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $636,992 $1,010,219 $1,899,634 $6,644,452 -$920,161
As % of expenses 2.2% 3.5% 5.9% 17.3% -3.1%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $29,171,677 $30,242,806 $35,510,024 $44,237,483 $28,606,630
Total revenue, % change over prior year 19.3% 3.7% 17.4% 24.6% -35.3%
Program services revenue 3.0% 3.2% 2.5% 1.1% 2.6%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Government grants 8.4% 17.3% 25.2% 43.2% 21.0%
All other grants and contributions 88.6% 79.4% 72.2% 55.6% 76.2%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.1% 0.0% 0.0% 0.1%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $28,229,905 $28,919,831 $32,202,120 $38,081,182 $29,576,860
Total expenses, % change over prior year 15.8% 2.4% 11.3% 18.3% -22.3%
Personnel 6.8% 6.9% 7.1% 7.0% 10.2%
Professional fees 1.9% 1.8% 1.5% 1.7% 2.0%
Occupancy 0.2% 0.3% 0.4% 0.4% 0.7%
Interest 0.1% 0.0% 0.1% 0.1% 0.1%
Pass-through 83.1% 83.6% 82.1% 85.9% 75.7%
All other expenses 7.8% 7.4% 8.8% 4.8% 11.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $28,368,790 $29,085,945 $32,395,936 $38,338,318 $29,891,987
One month of savings $2,352,492 $2,409,986 $2,683,510 $3,173,432 $2,464,738
Debt principal payment $100,000 $100,000 $0 $829,121 $319,172
Fixed asset additions $211,440 $422,589 $1,482,936 $1,764,836 $325,550
Total full costs (estimated) $31,032,722 $32,018,520 $36,562,382 $44,105,707 $33,001,447

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 0.8 1.1 1.9 2.3 2.5
Months of cash and investments 0.9 1.2 2.0 2.4 3.1
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 1.2 1.4 1.7 2.9 3.2
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $1,894,738 $2,677,223 $4,999,171 $7,185,555 $6,176,945
Investments $193,661 $257,202 $314,823 $542,202 $1,390,612
Receivables $899,044 $813,946 $1,049,729 $665,630 $474,666
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $1,531,293 $1,944,951 $3,418,482 $5,183,317 $5,508,410
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 17.4% 21.8% 17.8% 16.7% 21.4%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 15.3% 14.5% 18.5% 6.8% 5.4%
Unrestricted net assets $3,682,002 $4,692,221 $6,591,855 $13,236,307 $12,316,146
Temporarily restricted net assets $848,645 $960,904 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $189,227 $235,119 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $1,037,872 $1,196,023 $2,417,824 $1,746,061 $1,113,638
Total net assets $4,719,874 $5,888,244 $9,009,679 $14,982,368 $13,429,784

Key data checks

Key data checks info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Material data errors No No No No No

Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Documents
Form 1023/1024 is not available for this organization

CEO

Melissa Sobolik

Melissa began her stint as CEO July 2021 and becomes just the second CEO in the history of the Great Plains Food Bank. A veteran of hunger-relief, Melissa began her work with the Great Plains Food Bank in 2007 working with programs and agency relations and helped launch some of the organization’s most effective programs. She served as president from July of 2019 until being named CEO and previously served as director of the Ending Hunger 2.0 initiative, which focuses on long-term solutions and prevention to food insecurity. Melissa has a bachelor’s degree in political science from Concordia College and previously served on the Fargo City Commission and the North Dakota League of Cities Board of Directors.

COO

Kate Molbert

Kate officially started her role as chief operating officer in May of 2021 and oversees the day-to-day functions of the Great Plains Food Bank operations, programs and agency services and accounting and finance departments. This is in addition to assisting with the overall strategic vision for the organization. Prior to her work in hunger-relief, Kate gained extensive experience in finance, economics and business administration working for Target, Boston University, PwC and RDO Equipment Company. She received a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from the University of Saint Thomas and both an M.B.A. and master’s degree in information systems from Boston University – School of Management.

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

Compensation
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Board of directors
as of 04/16/2024
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board chair

Kathy Schneider

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 8/24/2023

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? Candid partnered with CHANGE Philanthropy on this demographic section.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

Transgender Identity

Sexual orientation

Disability

Equity strategies

Last updated: 04/16/2024

GuideStar partnered with Equity in the Center - an organization that works to shift mindsets, practices, and systems to increase racial equity - to create this section. Learn more

Data
  • We analyze disaggregated data and root causes of race disparities that impact the organization's programs, portfolios, and the populations served.
  • We disaggregate data to adjust programming goals to keep pace with changing needs of the communities we support.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We have community representation at the board level, either on the board itself or through a community advisory board.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.

Contractors

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Professional fundraisers

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SOURCE: IRS Form 990 Schedule G

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