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Food Bank of WNY earns maximum 4-star rating from Charity Navigator for fourth consecutive year


Thu, Oct 18th 2018 01:20 pm
The Food Bank of WNY's strong financial health and commitment to accountability and transparency have once again earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator, America's largest independent charity evaluator. This is the fourth consecutive year the Food Bank of WNY has earned this top distinction.
Charity Navigator helps guide intelligent giving by evaluating the financial health, accountability and transparency of more than 8,000 charities. Since 2002, using objective, data-driven analysis, Charity Navigator has awarded only the most fiscally responsible organizations a four-star rating.
"The Food Bank of WNY's exceptional four-star rating sets it apart from its peers and demonstrates its trustworthiness to the public," said Michael Thatcher, president and CEO of Charity Navigator. "Only a quarter of charities rated by Charity Navigator receive the distinction of our four-star rating. This adds the Food Bank of WNY to a pre-eminent group of charities working to overcome our world's most pressing challenges. Based on its four-star rating, people can trust that their donations are going to a financially responsible and ethical charity when they decide to support the Food Bank of WNY."
As the Food Bank of WNY continues its mission of providing nutritious food and support to community members in need, it is proud to report nearly 94 percent of all monetary and in-kind gifts donated to the organization are allocated for programs and services that assist the hungry in Western New York.
"The Food Bank depends on the support of our generous community members in order to feed our hungry neighbors. It is important that our valued supporters know we are using their donations wisely to accomplish our mission," said Tara A. Ellis, president and CEO of the Food Bank of WNY. "The fact that the Food Bank continues to earn a four-star Charity Navigator rating demonstrates to our donors our good governance and financial accountability."
The Food Bank of WNY is the primary hunger-relief organization in Western New York, obtaining and distributing food to 317 member agencies, including food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, group homes and youth programs in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties. Through these agencies, the Food Bank of WNY serves as many as 140,000 individuals in any given month, including 45,300 households, 54,500 children and infants and 18,370 seniors.
For more information, visit www.foodbankwny.org.

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