5090 Explorer Drive, Suite 203
Mississauga, ON L4W 4T9
CEO: Kristin Beardsley
Board Chair: John Bayliss

Charitable Reg. #:13064 3737 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) 97 cents are available for programs.

My anchor


About Food Banks Canada:

Founded in 1989, Food Banks Canada (FBC) is a national organization that represents and supports more than 3,000 food banks and community agencies across Canada. FBC focuses on three key areas: raising food and funds to share with its network, delivering national programs to help food banks distribute food efficiently, and influencing government policy through research and advocacy. 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 represents ten Provincial Associations and its respective agencies serve approximately 85% of people accessing food banks nationwide.

In F2021, Food Banks Canada distributed 63 million pounds of food through its National Food Sharing System to approximately 650 affiliate food banks. FBC also runs its Retail Food Program which is part of its National Food Sharing Program. It pairs participating locations of national retailers with local community food banks to provide fresh, frozen, and non-perishable foods, and consumer goods. FBC reports that 40% of food distributed by Canadian food banks is fresh or frozen. In F2021, the charity reports granting $98.7m ($21.5m in F2020) to food banks to improve food banking across Canada. This increase is due to $78.1m in government funding for covid-19 relief.

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. The 2019 HungerCount report discloses that in March 2019 there were 1.1 million visits to food banks in Canada. It also reports that 34% of food bank users were children while representing only 19% of the population.

In response to the covid-19 pandemic, Food Banks Canada launched a $150m fundraising campaign in March 2020 to support its more than 4,700 community organizations. It has raised $148m thus far.

My anchor

Results and Impact

FBC reports that 57% of food bank clients are on social assistance or disability-related supports, and only 1 in 8 are currently employed. This demonstrates that clients are in need of FBC’s services and food.

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

Charity Intelligence gives Food Banks Canada an impact rating of Average for proven impact per dollar.

Impact Rating: Average

My anchor


Food Banks Canada is one of Canada’s Major 100 charities, receiving monetary donations of $82.4m in F2021 along with donated food worth $30.0m. It also received government funding of $78.1m in F2021. Administrative costs are 1% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 3% of monetary donations. For every dollar donated, 97 cents go to the cause. This is outside Ci’s reasonable range of overhead spending.

FBC has total funding reserves of $36.6m. Excluding the cost of donated food, existing funding reserves can cover roughly three months of annual program spending.

Ci has sent this profile update to Food Banks Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on August 9, 2021, by Shira Wine.



Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 0.7%2.2%2.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 2.7%6.1%6.7%
Total overhead spending 3.4%8.3%8.7%
Program cost coverage (%) 25.3%50.8%59.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 82,40422,74618,583
Goods in kind 29,97125,57425,620
Government funding 78,1375,0297
Fees for service 03142
Investment income 22900
Other income 50244173
Total revenues 190,79153,62444,425
Program costs 45,6904,6763,677
Grants 98,71121,4879,740
Donated goods exp 29,97125,57425,620
Administrative costs 1,3781,163905
Fundraising costs 2,2271,3931,245
Total spending 177,97754,29241,188
Cash flow from operations 12,814(668)3,236
Capital spending 4437458
Funding reserves 36,55113,2867,975

Note: Ci has backed amortization of capital assets out of program costs, reducing program costs by $313k in F2021, $110k in F2020, $79k in F2019.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 30

Avg. compensation: $82,635

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 F2019

My anchor

Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

No comments have been added by the charity.

Charity Contact

Website: www.foodbankscanada.ca
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 905 602 5234


Charity Intelligence researches Canadian charities for donors to be informed and give intelligently. Our website posts free reports on more than 800 Canadian charities, as well as in-depth primers on philanthropic sectors like Canada’s environment, cancer, and homelessness. Today over 500,000 Canadians use our website as a go-to source for information on Canadian charities reading over 1.6 million charity reports. Through rigorous and independent research, Charity Intelligence aims to assist Canada’s dynamic charitable sector in being more transparent, accountable and focused on results.


Be Informed. Give Intelligently. Have Impact


Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001