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

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) 72 cents are available for programs.

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About North York Harvest Food Bank:

Founded in 1986, the North York Harvest Food Bank (NYH) strives to provide dignified 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 40 member agencies across the North York area of Toronto. It also runs its own community programs and support services.

In F2019, North York Harvest spent 66% of program costs on food distribution programs. North York Harvest Food Bank’s 40 member agencies provide 180,000 hampers of healthy and fresh food to over 13,000 individuals each month through 77 community programs. In a July & August 2019 newsletter, the charity reported that its agencies were seeing over 16,000 monthly visits. NYH did not disclose the pounds of food donated in F2019, but its annual reports for five years prior did disclose this figure. In F2018, it distributed 1.9 million lb of food. 

In F2019, North York Harvest spent the remaining 34% of program costs on community programs. Along with running community gardens and kitchens where program participants can learn skills and socialize, NYH also runs three food banks: Bathurst-Finch, Oriole, and Lawrence Heights. In F2019, NYH’s Sustainable Livelihoods program provided information and referral services in order that close to a thousand clients could receive support in other aspects of their daily living apart from food.

NYH’s 2019 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 the Greater Toronto Area. NYH published the report in partnership with Daily Bread Food Bank and Mississauga Food bank after completing more than 1,400 one-on-one client interviews at 51 partner organizations. The report outlines client demographics, noting that 32% are children, 57% have a disability, and 54% identify as a visible minority. The report stresses that poverty is at the core of food insecurity; at a median monthly income of $806, clients spend 74% of income on rent and utilities, leaving $7.83 per day to pay for other needs.

In F2019, North York Harvest merged with FoodReach. FoodReach is a program where non-profit organizations can make bulk food purchases from North York Harvest. It had sales of $193k in F2019, making an $8k profit. 

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Results and Impact

The 2019 Who’s Hungry report outlines the impact of hunger on food bank clients: 44% of adults go hungry at least once a month, 25% of children go hungry at least once a month, and 52% miss a meal to pay for a bill at least once a month. This is evidence that North York Harvest Food Bank’s clients need the food it provides them. 

In April 2019, the Ontario government announced plans to cut $1 billion from Toronto Public Health over a ten-year period. North York Harvest says that 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 is a Large charity, receiving monetary donations and fundraising revenue of $1.7m in F2019. Using Food Banks Canada’s standardized value of $2.60 per lb of donated food, the 1.9 million lb of food donated to NYH in F2018 was valued at $4.9m. Administrative costs are 5% of revenues and fundraising costs are 23% of donations. This means overhead costs are 28%. For every dollar donated, 72 cents go to the cause. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

NYH has funding reserves of $417k which can cover program costs for roughly 2.5 months. This indicates a need for funding.

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

Updated July 14, 2020 by Eric Jose. 

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 5.4%1.9%1.8%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 22.8%24.0%27.2%
Total overhead spending 28.1%25.9%29.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 22.1%29.1%52.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,6221,5671,512
Goods in kind 04,9405,750
Government funding 354114119
Fees for service 268177138
Business activities (net) 800
Special events 10880130
Other income 1165539
Total revenues 2,4776,9357,687
Program costs 1,8831,6181,200
Donated goods exp 04,9405,750
Administrative costs 133134140
Fundraising costs 394395446
Total spending 2,4107,0887,536
Cash flow from operations 66(153)151
Capital spending 8043
Funding reserves 417471635

Note: The charity does not report the value of donated food on its audited financial statements. For F2017 and F2018, Ci has calculated the value of donated food based on the pounds of food collected and distributed stated in the 2017 and 2018 annual reports and standardized $2.60/lb and $2.50/lb for 2018 and 2017, respectively. The dollar values per pound come from Food Banks Canada’s food valuation estimate for each year. For F2019, the charity did not report the pounds of food in its annual report, so the administrative cost ratio may be overstated. Ci reported FoodReach sales net of costs, reducing total revenues and expenses by $185k in F2019. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 20

Avg. Compensation: $49,787

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

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

The following are comments added to a previous profile: 

North York Harvest Food Bank is committed to being accountable to all of its stakeholders. Our food assistance and community development programs make an enormous difference in the lives of the 15,000 people struggling on low incomes who access our programs through our member agencies each and every month.  Poverty and food insecurity issues are complex, and intersect with many other social issues. As such, the full breadth of our impact is not readily captured by the simple calculations proposed by Charity Intelligence. We are always happy to respond to any queries about our organization and our programs. Our most recent audited financial statements can be found on our website at https://northyorkharvest.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/NYH-2015-2016-Audited-Financial-Statements-SIGNED.pdf

Charity Contact

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