Foodwise Community

Education. Farmers markets. Community.

aka Foodwise   |   San Francisco, CA   |
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Foodwise Community

EIN: 94-3212988


Foodwise is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to growing thriving communities through the power and joy of local food. We envision a world that nourishes all people, local economies, and the living earth. Founded in 1994, Foodwise (formerly CUESA) operates the world-renowned Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and Mission Community Market in San Francisco. Foodwise offers food access and education programs to connect eaters of all ages with fresh food and local farms, and inspire communities to take part in creating a fair, regenerative, and delicious food future for all.

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Executive Director

Ms. Christine Farren

Main address

One Ferry Building Suite 50

San Francisco, CA 94111 USA

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Formerly known as

Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture (CUESA)



Subject area info


Environmental education


Food security

Youth development

Population served info

Children and youth




Economically disadvantaged people

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NTEE code info

Agricultural Programs (K20)

Other Food, Agriculture, and Nutrition N.E.C. (K99)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

IRS subsection

501(c)(3) Public Charity

IRS filing requirement

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

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Our programs

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

Foodwise Kids

Foodwise Kids is a free program for elementary school classes that uses the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market as a classroom for empowering the next generation of healthy eaters. Through comparative tastings, exploring the market, and a hands-on cooking lesson, we nurture children’s love for fruits and vegetables, teach them to prepare healthy, seasonal foods, and raise their awareness of their role in a sustainable food system.

Population(s) Served
Children and youth

Launched in January 2019, Foodwise Teens is a semester-long paid job training program where teens build skills to sustain healthy lives and a healthy planet. Building on eight years of success in CUESA’s Schoolyard to Market program, Foodwise Teens transforms CUESA’s youth programming and takes it to the next level. Students learn about food justice, develop job skills, and get hands-on experience in the garden, in the kitchen, and at the farmers market, while getting paid for their work.

Population(s) Served
At-risk youth

Shoppers who use CalFresh (SNAP/EBT) benefits at CUESA farmers markets can double their dollars up to $15 per market day with Market Match and receive free market coins to spend on fruits and vegetables. Market Match is a nutrition incentive program that makes fresh produce more affordable. Fruit and vegetables are an essential part of a healthy diet, but they cost more per calorie than most processed foods, so families on a tight food budget are often unable to afford enough for optimum health. Market Match helps level the playing field by making local and sustainable produce more accessible to people with limited income.

Population(s) Served
Economically disadvantaged people

CUESA hosts occasional evening lectures and panel discussions inside the Ferry Building. Past speakers have included Michael Pollan, Marion Nestle, and Vandana Shiva. The talks cover pertinent issues about our food system, such as farming in an age of climate change, humane animal husbandry, and the rise of urban agriculture around the country.

Population(s) Served

From seasonal tastings and cooking programs to evening talks and farm tours, CUESA provides educational experiences for you to meet farmers and food makers, learn and share food knowledge, and take action.

Population(s) Served

What better way to learn about where your food comes from than to visit the place where it was produced? Each year in the spring, summer, and fall, CUESA offers about six full-day excursions to explore the farms and facilities of Ferry Plaza Farmers Market sellers. Through CUESA’s tour program, participants see, taste, and learn about their food first-hand, guided by the farmers and artisans themselves. Most tours have two stops, some include hands-on experiences (like kitchen skills classes and U-pick harvesting), and all include a delicious farm-fresh lunch.

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Foodwise Community
Fiscal year: Apr 01 - Mar 31
Financial documents
CUESA FYE2019 Audited Financials 2020 CUESA Audited Financials FYE 2020 2019 CUESA FYE2019 Audited Financials 2016
done  Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant. info

Revenue vs. expenses:  breakdown

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info
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


Average of 4.91 over 10 years

Months of cash in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 3.9 over 10 years

Fringe rate in 2022 info

SOURCE: IRS Form 990


Average of 17% over 10 years

Funding sources info

Source: IRS Form 990

Assets & liabilities info

Source: IRS Form 990

Financial data

SOURCE: IRS Form 990

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Revenue & expenses

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Balance sheet

Fiscal Year: Apr 01 - Mar 31

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: Apr 01 - Mar 31

SOURCE: IRS Form 990 info

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Profitability info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) before depreciation $126,982 -$116,268 -$154,108 $660,642 $199,366
As % of expenses 8.0% -6.1% -8.2% 50.4% 11.3%
Unrestricted surplus (deficit) after depreciation $107,088 -$134,666 -$179,211 $635,984 $174,854
As % of expenses 6.7% -6.9% -9.4% 47.7% 9.7%
Revenue composition info
Total revenue (unrestricted & restricted) $1,726,179 $1,861,525 $1,664,783 $1,991,324 $2,014,702
Total revenue, % change over prior year 6.8% 7.8% -10.6% 19.6% 1.2%
Program services revenue 60.4% 55.4% 55.8% 41.5% 44.0%
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 1.3% 1.0% 1.5% 21.4% 18.8%
All other grants and contributions 37.7% 41.5% 37.0% 35.4% 34.2%
Other revenue 0.5% 2.1% 5.7% 1.7% 3.0%
Expense composition info
Total expenses before depreciation $1,583,197 $1,920,793 $1,880,557 $1,309,772 $1,769,996
Total expenses, % change over prior year 1.3% 21.3% -2.1% -30.4% 35.1%
Personnel 66.9% 64.1% 68.2% 58.3% 58.0%
Professional fees 7.9% 11.7% 8.0% 7.7% 11.8%
Occupancy 7.8% 9.5% 10.7% 13.4% 10.8%
Interest 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0% 0.0%
Pass-through 1.3% 0.0% 0.0% 6.0% 2.1%
All other expenses 16.0% 14.8% 13.1% 14.6% 17.3%
Full cost components (estimated) info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Total expenses (after depreciation) $1,603,091 $1,939,191 $1,905,660 $1,334,430 $1,794,508
One month of savings $131,933 $160,066 $156,713 $109,148 $147,500
Debt principal payment $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Fixed asset additions $0 $0 $108,650 $0 $0
Total full costs (estimated) $1,735,024 $2,099,257 $2,171,023 $1,443,578 $1,942,008

Capital structure indicators

Liquidity info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Months of cash 3.5 2.6 1.0 9.1 7.7
Months of cash and investments 3.5 2.6 1.0 9.1 7.7
Months of estimated liquid unrestricted net assets 4.0 2.6 0.9 7.4 6.8
Balance sheet composition info 2018 2019 2020 2021 2022
Cash $467,086 $419,349 $159,964 $992,377 $1,141,827
Investments $0 $0 $0 $0 $0
Receivables $163,335 $157,339 $183,642 $256,120 $154,496
Gross land, buildings, equipment (LBE) $379,261 $337,959 $446,610 $446,610 $448,641
Accumulated depreciation (as a % of LBE) 45.6% 44.4% 39.2% 44.7% 50.0%
Liabilities (as a % of assets) 12.5% 16.1% 32.1% 28.4% 14.9%
Unrestricted net assets $734,171 $599,505 $420,294 $1,056,278 $1,231,132
Temporarily restricted net assets $23,000 $80,000 N/A N/A N/A
Permanently restricted net assets $0 $0 N/A N/A N/A
Total restricted net assets $23,000 $80,000 $18,334 $39,244 $84,584
Total net assets $757,171 $679,505 $438,628 $1,095,522 $1,315,716

Key data checks

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

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Executive Director

Ms. Christine Farren

As Executive Director, Christine Farren (she/her/hers) is responsible for managing Foodwise's overall operations and performance, implementing policies and deliverables set by the Board of Directors, and leading Foodwise to achieve annual goals and objectives. She also oversees our fundraising events, individual and corporate donor cultivation, and annual reports. Christine feels that shopping at a farmers market is one of the most life affirming and community building activities possible, and enjoys interfacing with numerous members of the food community here in San Francisco. She holds a BA in American Studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

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Officers, directors, trustees, and key employees

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Board of directors
as of 10/04/2022
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Board chair

Marie Trimble Holvick

Gordon & Rees

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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? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 4/11/2022

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


The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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