54 Ainslie Street South
Cambridge, ON N1R 3K3
Executive Director: Pat Singleton
Board Chair: Jeff Darroch

Charitable Reg. #:89065 8743 RR0001


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Most recent Audited financial statements available on the charity’s website.



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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) 91 cents are available for programs.

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About Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank:

The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank (CFB) first opened its doors in 1985 in response to a severe economic recession. The organization was founded after members of various organizations came together to provide better access to food when needed. CFB serves the City of Cambridge and the Township of North Dumfries which together have a population of approximately 145,000 people. The food bank runs three programs: emergency food assistance, a food co-operative, and infant, youth, adult and senior programs.

CFB reports helping over 2,000 individuals and families each month through its programs. The food bank distributes food to 26 community organizations. In partnership with the Salvation Army, its emergency food assistance program provides up to 8 emergency food hampers per year to individuals and families in need. On its website it reported distributing 12,101 hampers “last year”, which is not dated.

The food co-operative program allows low-income individuals and families to join in the program. Its members are required to contribute $10 per month and volunteer 4 hours per month with the food bank or in the wider community. In return, these individuals receive food pick-ups every two weeks to supplement their regular grocery shopping budget.

CFB provides a variety of programs to infants, youth, adults and seniors in need. These programs include infant nutrition workshops, Backpacks for Bookworms which provides school supplies to low-income families, baby baskets to families expecting a child, and birthday boxes for families who cannot afford to buy their children a birthday present. Seniors can receive 1-on-1 support from an outreach worker and participate in weekly group sessions to reduce social isolation. The food bank also runs The Clothing Room which provides donated clothing and households items to families in need at no charge. The Clothing Room has a Career Closet, which provides formal clothing to those seeking employment or those needing it for events such as funerals or weddings.


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Results and Impact

Charity Intelligence gave the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank an impact rating of Fair for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Fair

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The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank is a medium-sized charity that received monetary donations of $713k and collected food with a total value of $2.5m in F2017. The cost of food is approximated by the charity’s internal records. Administrative costs are 5% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 3% of total donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, $0.91 goes towards its program, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The cents to the cause ratio has remained relatively stable since 2012. The Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank has funding reserves of $740k. Excluding the cost of donated food, the food bank’s funding reserves can cover program costs for less than 10 months, indicating a need for donations.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to the Cambridge Self-Help Food Bank for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated August 8, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.5%4.9%5.1%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 3.3%5.7%3.3%
Program cost coverage (%) 82.1%81.9%88.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 712,666799,627657,259
Goods in kind 2,479,1582,273,1102,346,920
Government funding 375,823268,231269,682
Fees for service 50,57553,11143,289
Lotteries (net) 2,1195,401(1,002)
Total revenues 3,620,3413,399,4803,316,148
Program costs 900,718871,632737,392
Grants 2,479,1582,273,1102,346,920
Administrative costs 198,448167,485167,441
Fundraising costs 23,13645,73821,544
Cash flow from operations 18,88141,51542,851
Funding reserves 739,808713,869648,958

Note: Ci has included the value of donated food received and distributed in donated goods in kind and grants, increasing total revenues and expenses by $2.5m in F2017, $2.3m in F2016 and $2.3m in F2015. Ci has reported the charity's Bingo Fund revenues net of expenses, decreasing total revenues and expenses by $21k in F2017, $15k in F2016 and $17k in F2015. Ci has adjusted the charity's administrative costs to match its T3010 filing with the CRA.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 11

Avg. Compensation: $43,451

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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Website: www.cambridgefoodbank.on.ca
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