Eden Food for Change

2 - 3185 Unity Drive
Mississauga, ON L5L 4L5
Executive Director: Bill Crawford
Board President: Ron Saito

Website: www.edenffc.org
Charitable Reg. #: 86440 7259 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Food Bank (Multi-Service Agency)
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B

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

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Fair

Full-time staff #6

Avg. Compensation $54,261

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 0
$40k - $80k 4
< $40k 2
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Eden Food for Change:

Founded in 2002, Eden Food for Change’s (EFFC) mission is to “increase access to good food in a dignified manner, develop food skills to encourage healthy eating and empower the community through education, outreach and advocacy.” In 2014, EFFC moved away from the typical food bank model of food collection and distribution. Its programs now favor a relational long-term approach that provides food for hungry people, and encourages the entire community to access nutritious food and food skills. EFFC primarily serves western Mississauga.

Eden Food for Change’s Food Bank program allows individuals to pick up 7 to 10 days of food each month. Over the year, 70,987 lbs of food were donated to other organizations, and 471,414 lbs of food were distributed through the Food Bank. The food bank was also able to provide 13,890 servings of food to 2,802 individuals.  

Eden Food for Change’s Fresh Produce Box program offers community members fruits and vegetables for pickup at discounted prices. In F2016, the program distributed 28,146 produce boxes and donated more than 16,000 lbs of produce to the food bank. The number of boxes distributed in F2016 was 63% more than in F2015.  

Finally, Eden Food for Change’s Learning Kitchen program teaches cooking skills and nutritional education to its food bank participants. In F2016, 154 participants took part in EFFC’s cooking courses. The Learning Kitchen also offers cooking classes to community members, that teach basic kitchen and food preparation skills. The food that is prepared through these classes is distributed through EFFC’s Food Bank program. In F2016, 468 individuals participated in these classes, which produced 11,689 portions of food for the Food Bank. The Learning Kitchen also provides lunches to children from low-income neighbourhoods and employs people seeking jobs in the food service industry.  

Financial Review:

Eden Food for Change is a medium-sized charity, with monetary donations and special events revenue of $482k and food donations and other goods-in-kind of $1.7m in F2016. Its administrative costs are 2% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 5% of donations. These costs for 2016 are likely understated as Eden Food for Change does not fully disclose administrative and fundraising expenses on its financial statements. For every $1 donated to the charity, 76 cents is put towards its programs, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity’s funding reserves of $146k result in a program cost coverage ratio, excluding the cost of donated food, of 17%. This means that it can cover 2 months of its annual programs using its existing reserves.

This charity report is an update that is being reviewed by Eden Food for Change. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 15, 2017, by Josh Lam.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 2.0%11.6%10.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 5.3%12.1%14.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 16.6%39.3%49.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 462,140373,332328,702
Goods in kind 1,734,8171,601,8161,410,693
Government funding 94,372284,961260,362
Business activities (net) 8,52300
Special events 20,08623,67631,814
Investment income 002
Other income 11,0809,97413,101
Total revenues 2,331,0182,293,7592,044,674
Program costs 2,334,6221,968,5351,711,275
Administrative costs 47,662266,777213,355
Fundraising costs 25,29547,87251,617
Cash flow from operations (76,561)10,57568,427
Funding reserves 146,254210,459216,374
Note: Ci has included the value of donated food affecting both revenues and expenses by $1.5m in F2016, $1.4m in F2015 and by $1.3m in F2014. Ci has adjusted accretion of asset retirement obligation and amortization affecting expenses by ($34k) in F2016, ($34k) in F2015 and by ($80k) in F2014. Administrative and fundraising costs for F2015 and F2014 were calculated using T3010A data. The data for 2016 has not been released yet and therefore, figures for F2016 are probably understated. 

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