Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge

1103 3 Ave N
Lethbridge, AB T1H 0H7
Executive Director: Danielle MacIntyre
President: Susan Borrows-Johnson

Charitable Reg. #:13274 3576 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) 82 cents are available for programs.

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About Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge:

Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge is a 5-star charity with a High impact score. It is financially transparent, has reasonable overhead costs and an above average results reporting grade. With its current reserves, the charity can cover one year of annual program costs.

Founded in 1989, Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge (Interfaith Food Bank) provides food and resources to individuals, families and seniors in need. The charity distributes food and clothing, refers people to other community and government agencies, and operates community kitchens and a garden.  

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

In F2022, Interfaith Food Bank served 19,609 clients. Of these clients, 56% were women, 42% were children, 20% were Indigenous people, 14% were new Canadians, and 4% were seniors. Also, 6,887 of clients (35% of total) have no income or rely on social assistance, pension, employment insurance, or student loans for income, and 1,040 of clients (5%) rely on wage-based income.

Interfaith Food Bank’s food program distributed 8,123 hampers in F2022. These included 900 diabetic bundles, 370 baby bundles, 329 birthday bundles, and 256 pregnancy bundles. In October 2022 Interfaith Food Bank started offering Muslim Friendly Hampers, distributing a total of 322 in F2022.

Following the covid-19 pandemic, the charity started the Food Share program. This program provides food stocks and supplies to urban and rural community programs and food banks. In F2022, Food Share partners received 336,326 pounds of food. Of these, 47% went through the Southern Alberta Food Hub, 23% through the Urban Food Share program, 23% through the Rural Food Share program, and 7% pounds went through the Permanent Supportive Housing Coalition. The Supportive Housing Coalition gives groceries to housing units for people in need.

The Interfaith Chinook Country Kitchen runs cooking classes that teach participants to cook healthy meals on a limited budget. In F2022 the kitchen ran 177 adult sessions with 1,114 participants. Additionally, it ran 100 youth sessions with a total of 447 participants. Interfaith Food Bank also has the Co-op Community Kitchen that is used for group cooking classes and community programming. In F2022 it had 24 user groups with 1,783 participants.

The Interfaith Learning Garden grows fruits and vegetables for the charity’s cooking classes and food distribution program. The charity runs workshops where clients can learn about growing food. In F2022, the garden produced 450 pounds of produce. It ran 35 tours, event sessions, and workshops with over 500 participants.

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Results and Impact

In F2022 Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge received 1,023,827 pounds of food, distributing 1,000,445 pounds. 

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

Charity Intelligence has given Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge a High impact rating based on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

A Charity Intelligence 2022 Top 10 Canadian Food Bank

Impact Rating: High

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Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge had $1.3m in monetary donations and special events fundraising, along with $2.4m in donated food in F2022. Administrative costs are 10% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 9% of cash donations. This results in total overhead spending costs of 18%. For every dollar donated, 82 cents go towards the charity’s programs, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge has $803k in reserve funds. These are the charity’s cash and investments. The charity can cover one year of annual program costs with its current reserves. 

Charity Intelligence sent an update of this report to Interfaith Food Bank Society of Lethbridge for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Profile updated on June 23, 2023 by Alessandra Castino.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 9.8%8.3%13.0%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 8.6%7.4%7.1%
Total overhead spending 18.4%15.7%20.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 101.2%153.4%90.8%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 736,388531,392549,310
Goods in kind 2,426,4381,925,5641,598,786
Government funding 195,955262,294652,749
Business activities (net) 26,82929,93427,878
Special events 527,069409,347350,403
Investment income 3,2711,2661,930
Other income 84,3187,0969,516
Total revenues 4,000,2683,166,8933,190,572
Program costs 794,045502,529455,949
Donated goods exp 2,297,2602,034,8501,461,700
Administrative costs 393,175261,236415,260
Fundraising costs 107,99469,86864,082
Other costs 7,7758,12811,718
Total spending 3,600,2542,876,6092,408,707
Cash flow from operations 400,014290,284781,865
Capital spending 202,767100,661415,585
Funding reserves 803,360770,923414,177

Note: Ci used the charity’s T3010 filings with the CRA to report program costs. Ci has included the value of donated food in revenues, increasing total revenues by $2.4m in F2022, $1.9m in F2021, and $1.6m in F2020. Ci included donated goods used for charitable activities, increasing total expenses by $2.3m in F2022, $2.0m in F2021, and $1.5m in F2020.  Ci included revenue related to the Learning Garden and Supportive Housing in other revenue. Ci adjusted for deferred donations, affecting revenues by ($27k) in F2022, $84k in F2021, and ($271k) in F2020. Ci included capital contributions received in revenues, affecting total revenues by $173k in F2022, $56k in F2021, and $402k in F2020. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 12

Avg. compensation: $49,340

Top 10 staff salary range:

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Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2022

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Comment added on December 22, 2023:

During our busy Christmas season, a donor stopped in and asked to speak with our executive director to congratulate our organization on being recognized by Charity Intelligence as a 5 Star Top 100 Charity as well as Top 10 Impact Canadian Food Bank.  This individual noted that she trusted and often relied on Charity Intelligence’s assessment of charities when choosing how to allocate her support.  She mentioned she’d done some research on her own by visiting our website, but had never actually been to our physical site to see first hand the work that we do.  Though time was limited, we managed to squeeze in a tour of the facility and the donor expressed how pleased she was to see our food bank offering so much more than food.  Addressing the underlying issues that lead to food insecurity was one of the features she felt set our organization apart.  Upon her departure, she noted she’d be making an online donation and thanked our team for the work we do for our community.  We are grateful to be recognized by Charity Intelligence for our financial accountability and transparency and are pleased when donors note that they’ve taken the time to be confident in where they choose to give.

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001