Northern Kentucky's Community Food Pantry

Covington, KY   |
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EIN: 61-1330212


To provide hope, encouragement and groceries to low-income families in northern Kentucky. We are an all volunteer, faith-based, organization. We charge no fees of any kind for our services

Notes from the nonprofit

From its beginning, almost 30 years ago, Action Ministries has been organized and run entirely by volunteers. We are not part of any larger organization. Our funding comes from individual contributions, churches, organizations and various grants from foundations and FEMA (EFSP). We either purchase our groceries or they are donated to us from local retail outlets. We are a member agency of the Cincinnati Freestore/Foodbank (Feeding America) and a participating member of the Northern Kentucky Safety Net Alliance.

Ruling year info


Board Chairman

Paul Barth

Main address

4375 Boron Dr

Covington, KY 41015 USA

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Subject area info

Free goods distribution

Food aid

Basic and emergency aid

Population served info

Economically disadvantaged people

NTEE code info

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

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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 Distribution to low-income families

In 2022, Action Ministries provided food, paper products, and household goods to 2,098 local families. These families totaled 5,404 individuals with 40% being 18 years old or younger, not including the 200 children served each week in the Food For Thought Program (see below). In addition to items which were specifically purchased by Action Ministries, food and other household products were donated by businesses, schools and individuals. The total pounds distributed was 860,450. In addition to the local families served on a monthly basis, Action Ministries shared extra resources with about 20 different agencies.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people
Unemployed people
Retired people
Children and youth

purchase food, pay for mortgage, utilities, insurance, on-going expenses of running the food pantry - NO salaries are paid

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
Unemployed people
Economically disadvantaged people

A weekly program for school children (K-12) who are at-risk of hunger on weekends (during the school year). Each child, identified by his school, is given a pack of food to help bridge the gap between free/reduced meals at school on Friday and Monday. Packs include 2 cans of Chef Boyardee, 2 boxes of shelf stable milk, 2 boxes of fruit juice, 4 packages of peanut butter sandwich crackers, 2 boxes of cereal, 2 cups of applesauce, 2 Slim Jims, miscellaneous items. In 2022, about 200 children were served each week.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth
At-risk youth
Economically disadvantaged people

Where we work

Goals & Strategy

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We are organized to bring together the community resources (donated food and volunteers) to distribute food and other grocery items to low-income families in the northern Kentucky area


Fiscal year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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Liquidity in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 2.92 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.2 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

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Average of 0% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Fiscal Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $26,572 $152,750 $99,791 $97,480 -$3,594
As % of expenses 1.8% 15.2% 8.1% 11.7% -0.5%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $4,182 $129,879 $76,730 $74,419 -$26,505
As % of expenses 0.3% 12.7% 6.1% 8.7% -3.5%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,544,577 $1,043,710 $1,335,281 $932,758 $729,351
Total revenue, % change over prior year 37.8% -32.4% 27.9% -30.1% -21.8%
Program services revenue 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Membership dues 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Investment income 0.1% 0.2% 0.2% 0.1% 0.2%
Government grants 0.2% 0.3% 1.2% 0.9% 2.7%
All other grants and contributions 7.9% 98.9% 98.6% 99.0% 97.1%
Other revenue 0.0% 0.6% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,518,005 $1,002,754 $1,235,490 $835,278 $732,945
Total expenses, % change over prior year 60.8% -33.9% 23.2% -32.4% -12.3%
Personnel 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Professional fees 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.4%
Occupancy 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 2.8% 4.0%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.3% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 94.4% 92.0%
All other expenses 100.0% 100.0% 99.7% 2.8% 3.7%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,540,395 $1,025,625 $1,258,551 $858,339 $755,856
One month of savings $126,500 $83,563 $102,958 $69,607 $61,079
Debt principal payment $6,994 $7,417 $7,455 $58,414 $30,053
Fixed asset additions $60,798 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,734,687 $1,116,605 $1,368,964 $986,360 $846,988

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 2.3 3.8 3.5 5.6 5.8
Months of cash and investments 2.3 3.8 3.5 5.6 5.8
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 2.8 6.0 5.8 9.1 9.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $288,968 $319,728 $360,701 $390,016 $352,679
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $0 $0 $0 $0 $251,508
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $357,729 $576,430 $576,430 $576,430 $576,430
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 0.0% 41.1% 45.1% 49.1% 53.1%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 18.7% 15.2% 13.2% 6.7% 4.2%
Unrestricted net assets $583,554 $713,433 $790,163 $864,582 $838,077
Temporarily restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 N/A N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Total net assets $583,554 $713,433 $790,163 $864,582 $838,077

Key data checks

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


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

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Board Chairman

Paul Barth

Number of employees

Source: IRS Form 990


Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 03/03/2023
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Board chair

Paul Barth

Sandy Banta

Paul Barth

Dick Becker

Larry Mains

Marty Meier

Jim Procaccino

Patty Rodgers

Christy Stonis

Board leadership practices

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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? No
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • 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? No
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 2/1/2023

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The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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