116 Industry Street
Toronto, ON M6M 4L8
Executive Director: Ryan Noble
Board Chair: Habon Ali

Charitable Reg. #:11906 2495 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) 82 cents are available for programs.

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About North York Harvest Food Bank:

North York Harvest Food Bank is a 4-star charity with Average demonstrated impact. It is financially transparent, has overhead spending within Ci's reasonable range, and has above-average results reporting. 


Founded in 1986, the North York Harvest Food Bank (NYH) provides food assistance, education, advocacy, and long-term food solutions to help create a community where all members can meet their food needs. NYH collects and distributes food to 38 member agencies across northern Toronto. It also runs its own community programs and support services.


In F2021, North York Harvest allocated 61% of program spending to food distribution programs and 39% to community food banks and programs. Along with running community gardens and kitchens where program participants can learn skills and socialize, NYH runs three food banks: Bathurst-Finch, Oriole, and Lawrence Heights. NYH reports 244,682 food bank visits in F2021, up 27% from 192,118 in F2020. The charity reports that of its clients, 57% are female, 29% are children (under 18), 12% are seniors, and 45% have a long-term disability or illness. 


NYH’s 2021 Who’s Hungry report describes current statistics on the people and areas most affected by hunger, the causes of hunger, and solutions to hunger in Toronto. NYH published the report in partnership with Daily Bread Food Bank after completing more than 1,400 client interviews. The report states there was a 61% increase in new clients at Toronto food banks in 2021. The report highlights insufficient income support, precarious employment, and lack of affordable housing as primary causes of food insecurity. 


In F2019, North York Harvest merged with FoodReach. FoodReach is a program where non-profit organizations can purchase bulk food from North York Harvest. It had sales of $138k in F2021, making a $23k profit. 


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Results and Impact

In April 2019, the Ontario government announced plans to cut $1 billion from Toronto Public Health over ten years. North York Harvest says the proposed cuts would have disproportionately impacted low-income people, including more than 24,000 people relying on North York Harvest’s food banks. In response, NYH created a petition that collected over 1,100 signatures within a week and was read aloud at Queen’s Park. Pressure from NYH and other advocacy groups led the Ontario provincial government to announce in May 2019 that they would reverse the cuts to Public Health.


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


Charity Intelligence has given North York Harvest an Average impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.


Impact Rating: Average

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North York Harvest Food Bank had total donations and special events revenue of $3.7m in F2021, compared to $3.2m in F2020 and $1.7m in F2019. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues and fundraising costs are 13% of donations and special events revenue. This results in total overhead spending of 18%. For every dollar donated, 82 cents go to the cause, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.


NYH has $2.2m in funding reserves, once $76k in interest-bearing debt is accounted for. The charity could cover 69% or eight months of its annual program costs with reserves. 


This report is an update that was sent to North York Harvest Food Bank for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.


Updated August 11, 2022, by Sydney Olexa. 


Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 4.7%3.6%5.2%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 13.1%14.4%22.2%
Total overhead spending 17.7%18.0%27.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 69.2%46.9%22.0%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 3,547,2593,147,8581,622,107
Government funding 598,656475,318353,705
Fees for service 226,276175,330268,342
Business activities (net) 22,69811,2168,098
Special events 140,84569,732108,456
Other income 101,802328,430115,904
Total revenues 4,637,5364,207,8842,476,612
Program costs 3,171,5413,252,2411,896,061
Grants 67,32892,1710
Administrative costs 215,782151,835129,316
Fundraising costs 482,910464,490384,891
Total spending 3,937,5613,960,7372,410,268
Cash flow from operations 699,975247,14766,344
Capital spending 58,481213,9208,342
Funding reserves 2,240,1231,570,142416,940

Note: The charity does not report the value of donated food on its audited financial statements, annual report, or T3010 filings with the CRA. As a result, the administrative cost ratio may be overstated. Ci reported FoodReach sales net of costs, reducing total revenues and expenses by $115k in F2021, $74k in F2020, and $185k in F2019. Ci removed amortization from program, administrative, and fundraising costs on a pro-rata basis. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 21

Avg. compensation: $62,104

Top 10 staff salary range:

$350k +
$300k - $350k
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$200k - $250k
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$120k - $160k
$80k - $120k
$40k - $80k
< $40k

Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2020

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.northyorkharvest.com
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Tel: 416-635-7771


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