2-3185 Unity Drive
Mississauga, ON L5L 4L5
Executive Director: Ida McLaughlin
Board President: Harry Pedwell

Charitable Reg. #:86440 7259 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) 80 cents are available for programs.

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About Eden Food for Change:

Founded in 2002, Eden Food for Change (EFFC) hopes to increase access to good food in a dignified manner, to develop food skills to encourage healthy eating and to 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. In F2018, 492,599 pounds of food were distributed through the Food Bank, of which about 50% was fresh produce. In F2018, the food bank also reports that 27,567 pounds of food were shared with other organizations, and 5,320 pounds was repurposed food waste for farm and compost use. The food bank was able to facilitate 17,235 individual visits, a 28% increase from F2017 and 5,608 family visits, a 15% increase from F2017.  

Eden Food for Change’s Fresh Produce Box program offers community members fruits and vegetables for pickup at discounted prices. In F2018, the program distributed 5,090 produce boxes to clients, which is down from 12,668 boxes distributed in F2017.   

Finally, Eden Food for Change’s Learning Kitchen program teaches cooking skills and nutritional education to its food bank participants. 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 F2018, 861 individuals participated in classes in groups, which produced 37,938 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.  

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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence has given Eden Food for Change a Good impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Good

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Eden Food for Change is a medium-sized charity, with monetary donations and special events revenue of $543k and food donations and other goods-in-kind of $1.3m in F2018. Its administrative costs are 2% of revenues and its fundraising costs are 18% of donations. These costs for 2018 are likely understated as Eden Food for Change does not fully disclose administrative and fundraising expenses on its financial statements. For every dollar donated to the charity, 80 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

The charity’s funding reserves of $153k result in a program cost coverage ratio, excluding the cost of donated food, of 25%. This means that existing funding reserves can cover 3 months of its annual programs.

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

Updated on July 22, 2019 by Parker Thomlinson.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.9%11.7%11.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 18.0%6.3%9.6%
Program cost coverage (%) 8.6%7.3%7.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 463,125548,346462,140
Goods in kind 1,319,2521,458,0741,734,817
Government funding 49,25074,11694,372
Business activities (net) 12,4967208,523
Special events 79,78231,92220,086
Other income 0011,080
Total revenues 1,923,9052,113,1782,331,018
Program costs 1,769,8841,757,4642,086,616
Administrative costs 35,921246,980274,526
Fundraising costs 97,78036,75346,437
Cash flow from operations 20,32071,981(76,561)
Funding reserves 152,529129,016146,254

Note: Ci has included the value of donated food affecting both revenues and expenses by $1.2m in F2018, $1.3m in F2017 and by $1.5m in F2016. Ci has adjusted accretion of asset retirement obligation and amortization affecting expenses by ($51k) in F2018, ($49k) in F2017 and by ($34k) in F2016. Administrative and fundraising costs for F2018 and F2017 were calculated using T3010A data. The data for 2018 has not been released yet and therefore, figures for F2018 are probably understated. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 7

Avg. compensation: $39,337

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 F2017

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.edenffc.org
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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001