5000 11 Street SE
Calgary, AB T2H 2Y5
President & CEO: James McAra
Board Chair: Amy Leong

Charitable Reg. #:13016 7349 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 5/5]



Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity’s website.



Grade based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.



The demonstrated impact per dollar Ci calculates from available program information.


Charity's cash and investments (funding reserves) relative to how much it spends on programs in most recent year.



For a dollar donated, after overhead costs of fundraising and admin/management (excluding surplus) 94 cents are available for programs.

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About Calgary Food Bank:

Founded in 1982, Calgary Food Bank is an emergency food distribution hub that collects and distributes food to individuals, families, single parents, and homeless people. The charity reports that 11% of Albertans experience food insecurity. It aims to create a hunger-free community by fighting hunger and its root causes. In F2019, Calgary Food Bank's major programs were its emergency food hampers, its Food Share program, and its Food Link program. It also runs the Hampers for the Homeless Program, which provides food for short-term hunger relief for homeless people. In F2019, Calgary Food Bank reports that it affected 192,391 lives.

A Charity Intelligence 2020 Top 5 Calgary Impact Charity

In F2019, Calgary Food Bank spent 69% of funding and food donations on its Emergency Food Hamper program ($27.1m). Emergency food hampers contain the equivalent of one week of food for each person in need and meet Canada’s Food Guide standards. In addition to the hamper, the food bank refers its clients to local agencies to help them deal with their underlying reasons for food insecurity. Specialty hampers are available for babies, people with allergies, specific dietary restrictions, birthday parties, or expecting mothers and fathers. In F2019, the charity distributed 69,249 emergency food hampers (66,204 in F2018) and provided 12,157 client referrals (13,317 in F2018). 

In F2019, Calgary Food Bank spent 17% of funding and food donations on its Food Share program ($6.7m).  For food donations where food would normally be disposed of because Calgary Food Bank is unable to distribute large amounts of the product, the food is re-distributed to food banks outside the city of Calgary (regionally and nationally) so that these food banks can meet the nutritional needs of their clients. In F2019, Calgary Food Bank sent 2.1 million pounds (2.3 million in F2018) worth $5.4m ($4.7m in F2018) to 27 food banks (36 in F2018).

In F2019, Calgary Food Bank spent 12% of funding and food donations on its Food Link program ($4.5m). The Food Link program provides quality food and supplies to 233 Calgary agencies and community programs (239 in F2018). This allows the partner agencies to focus their resources on food delivery instead of food collections. In F2019, the food bank distributed 2.5 million pounds of food (2.6m in F2018) worth $6.4m ($5.2m in F2018) through the program. Calgary Food Bank does not directly connect with clients through the Food Link program.

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Results and Impact

To be eligible for an emergency food hamper, clients must be food insecure, meaning they are unable to pay for food or other necessities; a majority of clients report that they used the money they saved from the food hamper to pay their bills or spend money on rent and additional food. In F2019, Calgary Food Bank reports that its Emergency Food Hampers program saved clients $17.1m ($17.3m in F2018) that could otherwise be used to pay for rent, utilities, childcare or other weekly expenses.

While Ci highlights these key results, they may not be a complete representation of Calgary Food Bank’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has reviewed Calgary Food Bank since 2007 and has consistently found this charity to be a Top Pick charity, and one of Canada's highest-rated food banks. Charity Intelligence's impact analysis finds Calgary Food Bank has Good proven impact per dollar.

A Charity Intelligence 2020 Top 5 Calgary Impact Charity

Impact Rating: Good

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Calgary Food Bank is one of Canada's Major 100 charities, receiving monetary donations of $9.0m along with $32.6m in donated food in F2019. Administrative costs are 4% of total revenues (excluding investment income) and fundraising costs are 2% of total donations. This means overhead costs are 6%. For every $1 donated to the charity, 94 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.  

The charity has total funding reserves of $9.8m. Excluding the cost of donated food, Calgary Food Bank’s funding reserves cover program costs for almost a year and a half.

This report is an update that has been sent to Calgary Food Bank for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated June 05, 2020 by Eric Jose.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.9%3.8%3.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 1.8%1.9%1.4%
Total overhead spending 5.7%5.7%4.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 25.0%28.1%27.7%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,9658,64910,041
Goods in kind 32,56027,94026,659
Investment income 274240181
Other income 557372586
Total revenues 42,35637,20137,467
Program costs 6,7406,2225,923
Donated goods exp 32,56027,94026,659
Administrative costs 1,6551,4041,272
Fundraising costs 158160142
Total spending 41,11235,72733,996
Cash flow from operations 1,2441,4743,471
Capital spending 1,057801716
Funding reserves 9,8319,5979,029

Note: Ci has excluded amortization of deferred capital contributions from its revenue calculations, decreasing total revenue by $372k in F2019, $109k in F2018, and $245k in F2017.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 62

Avg. Compensation: $62,967

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
$250k - $300k
$200k - $250k
$160k - $200k
$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2019

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Calgary Food Bank added in 2014:

At the Calgary Food Bank transparency and accountability to the community is taken very seriously. We also recognize that the ongoing sharing of information can occur in many different ways. We encourage all of our donors to contact us directly if they have feedback or cannot find information that they require through our website. Please contact us at 403-253-2059 or info@calgaryfoodbank.com

Charity Contact

Website: www.calgaryfoodbank.com
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