Food Banks Canada

5025 Orbitor Drive, Bldg. 2, Suite 400
Mississauga, ON L4W 4Y5
Executive Director: Chris Hatch
Board Chair: Marc Guay

Website: www.foodbankscanada.ca
Charitable Reg. #: 13064 3737 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Food Bank (Distributor)
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Donor Accountability

Grade: A-

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

95¢
75¢
avg
65¢
50¢
2015 2016 2017
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Good

Full-time staff #21

Avg. Compensation $87,662

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 1
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 3
$80k - $120k 6
$40k - $80k 0
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2017

About Food Banks Canada:

Founded in 1989, Food Banks Canada (FBC) is a national organization that represents and supports more than 500 food bank communities across Canada. FBC was originally founded as The Canadian Association of Food Banks to assist with what was believed to be a short-term demand for food banks. However, as the need for food assistance programs continued and grew, the organization began to serve as a national voice for food banks across Canada. In 2008, it rebranded as Food Banks Canada. FBC supports a network of 10 Provincial Associations and its respective agencies serve approximately 85% of people accessing food banks nationwide.

FBC focuses on three key areas, raising food and funds to share with their network; delivering national programs to help food banks distribute food efficiently; and influencing government policy through research and advocacy.

In F2017, FBC distributed 4.7m kilograms of food through its National Food Sharing System to its network of food assistance programs. Also, by pairing large retailers with local food banks, 2.0m kilograms of food was distributed through its Retail Food Program. The charity reported in F2017 that it granted $1.2m to food banks to increase capacity to hold more fresh foods. This supported 50 food banks in purchasing a total of 100 refrigeration units, 16 trucks, among other items.

FBC’s Kitchen Creations program helped 18 food banks provide education programs to teach people how to make nutritious meals on a tight budget. The charity’s Rural Support program helps deliver food to food banks located in rural and remote communities. In 2017, 61 food banks were helped and $46,500 was raised. FBC publishes an annual HungerCount report that combines data collected from its network of food banks to identify trends and make recommendations on how to reduce the need for food banks in Canada.

After leading Mississauga Food Bank since 2009, Chris Hatch became the new Executive Director of FBC in December 2017.

Results and Impact: Food Banks Canada reports that for every $1 donated to its National Food Sharing System program, it acquires and shares $20 worth of food and consumer products. Charity Intelligence gave FBC an impact rating of Good for proven impact per dollar (see impact grid on the bottom right).

Financial Review:

Food Banks Canada is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities, which received monetary donations of $11.2m in F2017 along with donated food worth $24.7m. Administrative costs are 2% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 7% of monetary donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, $0.91 goes towards its programs. This falls within Ci’s reasonable range of overhead spending. FBC has total funding reserves of $2.3m which cover 8.5% of overall program costs (including the cost of donated food). Excluding the cost of donated food, FBC’s funding reserves cover program costs for just over 13 months.

Total donations for FBC have more than doubled (118% increase) since F2015. This is largely due to increases in donations from foundations and donations designated to be redistributed to its network.

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

Updated on June 4, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
201720162015
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.8%1.3%1.6%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 7.1%10.6%17.2%
Program cost coverage (%) 110.5%59.4%83.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
201720162015
Donations 11,2318,3755,163
Goods in kind 24,70230,71431,992
Fees for service 424242
Special events 04125
Other income 1696932
Total revenues 36,14439,24037,254
Program costs 2,0481,7931,498
Grants 24,70230,71431,992
Donor-designated donations 5,3993,3542,500
Administrative costs 639504598
Fundraising costs 794892893
Cash flow from operations 2,5631,983(228)
Funding reserves 2,2631,0651,250
Note: Ci has adjusted amortization of deferred capital contributions affecting revenues by ($26k) in F2017, ($28k) in F2016, and ($31k) in F2015. Ci has adjusted amortization of capital assets affecting expenses by ($44k) in F2017, ($43k) in F2016, and ($49k) in F2015. In F2017, Fundraising Initiatives revenue, which was disclosed separately in F2016 and F2015, was included in Individual Donations on the audited financial statements.

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