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

Charitable Reg. #:11906 2495 RR0001


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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) 74 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 while building strong neighbourhood networks. Serving the North York area of Toronto, it collects and 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 1.9 million pounds of food. The charity helped 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 Greater Toronto Area. 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.  

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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 of $1.6m, as well as food donations valued at $4.9m in F2018Food donation figures (included in goods-in-kind) were calculated using the pounds of food collected and distributed stated in the charity’s annual reports and standardized $2.60/lb and $2.50/lb for 2018 and 2017, respectively. Administrative costs are 2% of revenues and fundraising costs are 24% of cash donations. For every dollar donated, 74 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 Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.9%1.8%1.5%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.0%27.2%24.0%
Total overhead spending 26.0%29.0%25.5%
Program cost coverage (%) 7.2%9.1%7.2%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,5671,5121,356
Goods in kind 4,9405,7505,750
Government funding 114119155
Fees for service 17713810
Special events 80130112
Other income 553968
Total revenues 6,9357,6877,450
Program costs 6,5586,9506,898
Administrative costs 134140108
Fundraising costs 395446353
Total spending 7,0877,5367,359
Cash flow from operations (153)15191
Capital spending 04311
Funding reserves 471635498

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. 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. These dollar values per pound come from Foodbanks Canada to calculate the value of donated food.   Included in total revenue is amortization of deferred capital contributions of $49k in F2018, $61k in F2017, and $64k in F2016. Ci did not adjust for this immaterial, non-cash revenue item because we could not accurately determine where the amount was included each year. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 13

Avg. Compensation: $72,073

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 F2018

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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

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