1085 Winnipeg Avenue
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0S2
CEO: Vince Barletta
Board Chair: Marilyn McLaren

Charitable Reg. #:13179 2616 RR0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 88 cents are available for programs.

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About Harvest Manitoba:

Harvest Manitoba is a 4-star charity. It is financially transparent and has overhead spending within Ci's reasonable range. Harvest Manitoba has Average demonstrated impact score and has an above-average results reporting grade.

Founded in 1984, Harvest Manitoba (previously known as Winnipeg Harvest) collects and distributes food to local agencies to combat food insecurity. In November 2019, Winnipeg Harvest merged with Manitoba Food Banks Association, collectively becoming Harvest Manitoba. The charity states that 80% of its food bank clients live below Canada’s poverty line. Harvest Manitoba runs three main programs: food distribution, Meals2Go, and First Steps.


Harvest Manitoba allocated 83% of total program spending to food distribution in F2022. In F2022, Harvest Manitoba received 12.0 million pounds of food, up from 11.4 million pounds in F2021. The charity states that the estimated value of this food is $31.3m. The 12.0 million pounds of food distributed was made up of 49% fruits and vegetables, 16% non-perishables, 9% bread and cereal, 8% dairy products, 8% proteins, and 10% other. According to the charity, 83,000 Manitobans rely on its services every month. It specifies that 36% of its clients are Indigenous and 46% are children. 


Harvest Manitoba’s Meals2Go program accounted for 11% of program spending in F2022. The Meals2Go program provides low-income students kits with two days’ worth of healthy food and snacks. Each kit contains cereals, yogurt, milk, and fresh fruit. In F2022, Harvest Manitoba facilitated the program in six Winnipeg schools.


The remaining 6% of Harvest Manitoba’s program spending was allocated to its First Steps program in F2022. The charity states that one in three babies in Manitoba are born into poverty. As a result, its First Steps program delivers baby kits containing powdered baby formula, baby cereal, diapers, and other infant care essentials to mothers with infants. 


On its website, the charity mentions its Grow-A-Row community garden; however, it does not specify its spending on this program. Harvest Manitoba states that its Garden redistributes produce to over 90,000 Manitobans yearly.

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Results and Impact

In F2022, Harvest Manitoba distributed 12.0 million pounds of food to people in need.

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

Harvest Manitoba is rated as Average impact based on demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Average

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Harvest Manitoba is a Major 100 charity, one of Canada’s largest charities in terms of donations. In F2022, it received $7.0m in cash donations and special events revenue (down 41% from F2021), as well as $32.8m in donated food and goods revenue (up 8% from F2021). Administrative costs are 2% of revenues (less investment income), and fundraising costs are 10% of cash donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 12%, compared to 6% in F2021. For every dollar donated to the charity, 88 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Harvest Manitoba has $8.4m in reserve funds (cash and investments), up 305% from F2020. Excluding the cost of donated food, the charity’s reserves can cover 173% or almost one year and nine months of annual program costs.

Charity Intelligence has sent this update to Harvest Manitoba for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 27th, 2023, by Sydney Olexa.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.7%1.2%1.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 10.3%4.6%8.7%
Total overhead spending 12.0%5.8%9.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 173.4%212.1%70.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 6,55211,1103,299
Goods in kind 32,80530,46628,945
Government funding 1022852
Special events 483598693
Investment income 904421
Total revenues 40,03242,24633,010
Program costs 4,8563,7792,972
Donated goods exp 32,80530,46728,945
Administrative costs 669484395
Fundraising costs 724544348
Total spending 39,05435,27232,660
Cash flow from operations 9786,974351
Capital spending 441865148
Funding reserves 8,4188,0132,081

Note: Ci included the value of donated food in donated goods in kind from Harvest Manitoba’s financial statements, affecting revenues and expenses by $31.3m in F2022, $30.0m in F2021, and $28.6m in F2020. It is important to note that Harvest Manitoba used a value of $2.62 per pound to estimate the value of its donated food, while Food Banks Canada used a value of $3.21 per pound in F2022. Ci reported government funding from the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA and removed the amounts from donations. Ci gathered administrative and fundraising costs from the charity’s annual filings with the CRA. In its annual filings, Harvest Manitoba reports community engagement in other costs. Ci reclassified these amounts as fundraising costs. Ci removed amortization included within program and administrative costs, according to the charity’s financial notes.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 50

Avg. compensation: $45,462

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 F2022

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.harvestmanitoba.ca
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