North York Harvest Food Bank

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

Charitable Reg. #: 11906 2495 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Food Bank (Multi-Service Agency)
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B+

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

2016 2017 2018
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Fair

Full-time staff #13

Avg. Compensation $72,073

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 3
$40k - $80k 6
< $40k 4
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2018

About North York Harvest Food Bank:

Founded in 1986, the North York Harvest Food Bank (NYH) strives to provide dignified food assistance while building strong neighbourhood networks. Serving the North York area of Toronto, it collects distributes food to 38 member agencies. NYH is also working on long-term solutions to food access, supporting its agencies with investments and development programs and engaging in research on the communities it serves.

In F2018, North York Harvest Food Bank collected and distributed 1.9m pounds of food to over 13,000 people every month. The food was distributed through 77 food programs, including 16 neighbourhood food banks. The 2018 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 GTA. The report outlines client demographics noting that 27% are children, 62% have a long-term disability, 22% are employed adults, and 28% are college or university graduates. The report also notes that food bank usage in Toronto suburbs has increased by 45% since 2008.

North York Harvest Food bank’s community food spaces offer a variety of programs, including community kitchens with food skills workshops, drop-in food bank hours, gardening workshops, and farm trips.

As part of its advocacy programs, NYH’s Food-friendly Neighbourhoods project has mapped local food needs and recommended food solutions in six pilot neighbourhoods. Food plans will be created based on year-long consultations with residents, community agencies, UofT Faculty of Medicine, and City of Toronto research departments. The food plans will also assist North York Harvest with determining where to deliver targeted programming.

Financial Review:

North York Harvest Food Bank is a large charity with monetary and goods in kind donations of $7.2m in F2016. Its administrative costs are 7% of revenues and fundraising costs are 24% of cash donations. For every dollar donated, 69 cents go to NYH’s programs. This is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The charity has funding reserves of $471k which can cover program costs, excluding food, for just over 3 months.

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

Updated June 7, 2019 by Caroline McKenna.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 6.7%7.2%1.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.0%27.2%24.0%
Program cost coverage (%) 29.1%52.9%43.4%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,567,2221,511,9491,356
Goods in kind 005,750
Government funding 114,456118,691155
Fees for service 177,427137,5900
Special events 80,154129,989112
Other income 55,29438,77277
Total revenues 1,994,5531,936,9917,450
Program costs 1,618,0501,200,2176,898
Administrative costs 134,391139,630108
Fundraising costs 395,480446,488353
Cash flow from operations (153,368)150,65691
Funding reserves 471,285634,941498
Note: The charity does not report the value of donated food on its audited financial statements. Ci has included the value of donated food as found in the charity's 2016 annual report, increasing both revenues and expenditures by $5.8m in F2016. Donated food value was not specified in the charity’s 2018 and 2017 annual reports.

Comments added by the Charity:

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

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