Food for Life Canada
Burlington, ON L7P 1B7
Executive Director: Brenda Hajdu
Board Chair: Catherine Potechin
Charitable Reg. #: 89094 3772 RR0001
Grade: B+The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
Need for Funding
Cents to The Cause
Impact Rating: Good
Full-time staff #9
Avg. Compensation $45,779
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About Food for Life Canada:
Founded in 1995, Food for Life Canada (FFL) is a food bank that redistributes fresh and nutritious foods to local agencies and residents. FFL collects extra perishable food from grocery stores and restaurants through its ReFresh Foods program. It aims to source three primary categories of food: produce, meat and dairy, which tend to be the most expensive to purchase. FFL provides food to local people in emergencies, runs outreach programs and provides food to agencies. They work together with over 80 social services-based organizations in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Georgetown and Acton, half of which are directly run by FFL as pop-up food banks, onsite at churches and community rooms.
In F2016, Food for Life Canada received and distributed $5.8m worth of food in donations. FFL reports that it gave out 2.5 million pounds of food in 2016. This distribution helped local food banks arrange 175,000 healthy meals per month for hunger relief. The charity states that its community programs received 38,239 visits every month, up 28% from the previous year. Food for Life Canada is mostly volunteer-driven with 40,960 volunteer hours logged in 2016.
To date, Food For Life has diverted over 10 million pounds of food or 235 trucks full of healthy food from landfills by donating excess food supplies. FFL records that every $1 donated to the charity funds $15.4 worth of food. Food for Life is included in Ci's 2016 Canadian Charity Impact Fund, one of 10 charities with high impact in the social services sector.
Food for Life Canada is a Small-Cap charity, which received donations of $566k in F2016 as well as donated food worth $5.8m. Reconciling its T3010 filings with its audited financial statements, Ci calculated administrative costs are 1% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 17% of cash donations. For every dollar donated, 82 cents goes to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. FFL has total funding reserves of $478k. Excluding the cost of donated food, FFL’s funding reserves can cover program costs for a little over a month, indicating a significant funding need.
This report is an update and is currently being reviewed by the charity. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated May 12th, 2017 by Josh Lam.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending September
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||1.0%||1.5%||0.9%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||17.3%||9.9%||7.1%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||7.4%||5.2%||6.2%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Goods in kind||5,816||5,407||5,191|
|Cash flow from operations||(71)||(70)||(61)|