Hunger greater in Crossroads post-Harvey

Food Bank of the Golden Crescent warehouse aisles are impassible because of a surplus of food.

The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent was listed as No. 23 of the 40 Best Food Banks in America, according to the online publication 24/7 Wall St.

The article ranked the top 40 American food banks and related entities based on calculations by Charity Navigator, the largest independent charity evaluating organization.

The food bank at 3809 E. Rio Grande in Victoria raised almost $7.18 million in one year, and 95 percent of expenses were spent on programs and services.

Robin Cadle, president and CEO of the Food Bank of the Golden Crescent, said in a news release that they were excited to learn about the ranking.

24/7 Wall St. wrote that the site considered accountability, transparency and the financial health of each organization using information from organization websites and from IRS Form 990, the agency’s primary tool for gathering information about tax-exempt organizations.

Cadle said she wants constituents, donors and potential donors to know food bank officials are passionate about their mission of “helping heal the hurt of hunger” and about being good stewards of their resources.

“Being effective and efficient are important for those we serve and those who support our mission, and we are extremely proud of our place on the 40 Best Food Banks in America,” she said.

The North Texas Food Bank in Dallas was listed as No. 27, Capital Area Food Bank in Austin made No. 37 and the Houston Food Bank made No. 20.

The Food Bank of the Golden Crescent has been serving 11 counties – Calhoun, Colorado, DeWitt, Goliad, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria and Wharton – since 1986.

The food bank works with more than 88 partner agencies such as food pantries, churches, feeding sites and mobile pantries to provide for almost 30,000 food-insecure individuals monthly.