The Mississauga Food Bank
Mississauga, ON L4X 2E2
Executive Director: Meghan Nicholls
Board Chair: Shawn McMurter
Charitable Reg. #: 11892 7011 RR0001
Grade: AThe grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.
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Impact Rating: Fair
Full-time staff #12
Avg. Compensation $56,949
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About The Mississauga Food Bank:
Founded in 1985, The Mississauga Food Bank is the largest food bank in Mississauga. It collects donated food from corporations, schools and the community, and manages the distribution of food to other local food banks that feed hungry people in Mississauga. The food bank also sends food to breakfast clubs, soup kitchens, shelters and after-school programs. Clients who come to the charity are assigned to a different local food bank based on their postal code where they are provided with 7-10 days’ worth of food once each month. The food bank reports that 15% (over 100,000 people) of Mississauga’s population lives in poverty. In F2017, 40% of the food bank’s clients were children.
In F2017, The Mississauga Food Bank spent $1.1m on purchasing, packaging and distributing food. By giving away 1.6 million pounds of food to 50 local charities and agencies, the food bank provided 2.9 million meals in F2017, an increase of 23% from F2016. The food bank reported that 74% of its distributed food came from food groups within Canada’s Food Guide, the largest amount being fruits and vegetables.
The Mississauga Food Bank publishes the Face of Hunger report annually. This report is an in-depth analysis of the causes and consequences of poverty in Mississauga. Through its research, the food bank notes that inadequate income and a lack of affordable housing continue to be the major reasons why people in Mississauga are forced to rely on food banks for their basic necessities. In 2017, the food bank reports that 20% of its clients indicated that they were not currently receiving any income support from the government, family or employment. Additionally, it notes that 62% of food bank clients’ income went towards housing. Housing is considered affordable when costs do not exceed 30% of a household’s income. Currently in Mississauga, there are only 10,730 subsidized rental units in the city with an average wait time of 5.3 years.
In 2017, The Mississauga Food Bank launched its Aquaponics program which is a 500 square foot urban farm within the food bank’s warehouse. This is a new form of agriculture that combines aquaculture (fish-farming) and hydroponics (soil-less agriculture). This allows the food bank to grow and distribute thousands of servings of fresh produce and protein every year.
After serving almost 9 years as Director of Marketing and Development at The Mississauga Food Bank, Meghan Nicholls was named Interim Executive Director of The Mississauga Food Bank in January 2018. On June 15, 2018, Meghan was officially named Executive Director of the food bank.
Results and Impact: The Mississauga Food Bank reports that for every $2 donated, it can provide 5 meals to hungry children, families and seniors in need. The food bank reported having 94,370 visits to neighbourhood food banks and 113,108 visits to meal, snack and breakfast programs in F2017, a 10% and 9% increase from F2016 respectively. Charity Intelligence gave The Mississauga Food Bank an impact rating of Fair for proven impact per dollar (see impact grid on the bottom right).
The Mississauga Food Bank is a Large charity, which received monetary donations of $1.7m and collected food with a total value of $4.0m in F2017. The cost of food is unaudited. Administrative costs are 4% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 11% of total donations. For every dollar donated to the charity, $0.84 goes towards its program, which falls within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. The Mississauga Food Bank has total funding reserves of $610k. Excluding the cost of donated food, the food bank’s funding reserves can cover program costs for less than 7 months. This indicates a need for donations.
This charity report is an update that has been sent to The Mississauga Food Bank for review. Comments and edits may be forthcoming.
Updated June 29, 2018 by Derek Houlberg.
Financial RatiosFiscal year ending May
|Administrative costs as % of revenues||4.2%||4.0%||3.9%|
|Fundraising costs as % of donations||11.4%||10.0%||17.3%|
|Program cost coverage (%)||56.1%||52.0%||46.0%|
Summary Financial StatementsAll figures in $000s
|Goods in kind||4,040||3,846||3,381|
|Cash flow from operations||285||56||(44)|