Food for Life Canada

2258 Mountainside Drive
Burlington, ON L7P 1B7
Executive Director: Brenda Hajdu
Board Chair: Jeff Zabudsky

Charitable Reg. #: 89094 3772 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Food Bank (Distributor)
Operating Charity

Charity Rating

[Charity Rating: 4/4]

Social Results Reporting

Grade: A-

The grade is based on the charity's public reporting of the work it does and the results it achieves.

Financial Transparency

Most recent audited financial statements available on the charity's website [ Audited financial statement for most recent year ]

Program Cost Coverage

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Full-time staff #9

Avg. Compensation $39,441

Top 10 Staff Salary Range

$350k + 0
$300k - $350k 0
$250k - $300k 0
$200k - $250k 0
$160k - $200k 0
$120k - $160k 0
$80k - $120k 1
$40k - $80k 3
< $40k 5
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2015

About Food for Life Canada:

Founded in 1995, Food for Life Canada (FFL) is a food bank that redistributes fresh and nutritious foods to local centres and poor people. FFL collects extra perishable food, including baked goods, fruits and vegetables, from grocery stores and restaurants. It then sends the food to over 80 social services-based organizations in Oakville, Burlington, Milton, Georgetown and Acton. FFL provides food to local people in emergencies, and runs its Refresh food program. The Refresh program organizes food programs and redistributes food in the Halton region.

In F2015, Food for Life Canada received and distributed $5.4m worth of food in donations. FFL reports that it gave out 2.2 million pounds of food in 2015. This distribution helped local food banks arrange 175,000 healthy meals per month for hunger relief. The charity states that its community programs received 27,222 clients per month in 2015, up from 24,932 a month in 2014. Food for Life Canada is mostly volunteer-driven, as volunteers deliver about 1,500 pounds of food every day.

To date, Food For Life has diverted over 8 million pounds of food or 235 trucks full of healthy food from landfills by donating excess food supplies. FFL claims that every $1 donated to the charity funds $15.4 worth of food. Food for Lifeis included in Ci's 2016 Canadian Charity Impact Fund, one of 10 charities with high impact in the social services sector.

Financial Review:

Food for Life Canada is a Small-Cap charity, which received donations of $446k in F2015 as well as donated food worth $5.4m. Administrative costs are 1% of total revenues and fundraising costs are 1% costs of total donations. Total overhead costs come to 2%, falling outside of Ci's reasonable range since these ratios are too low. However, excluding the cost of donated food, overhead costs are within Ci's reasonable range. FFL has total funding reserves of $308k. Excluding the cost of donated food, FFL's funding reserves can cover program costs for less than a month.

This report is an update and is currently being reviewed by the charity. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated June 21st, 2016 by Mirza Ali Shakir.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 0.7%0.7%6.7%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.5%1.8%0.9%
Program cost coverage (%) 5.2%63.1%64.5%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 446445314
Goods in kind 5,4075,1910
Government funding 136154153
Other income 101830
Total revenues 5,9985,807498
Program costs 5,974564445
Administrative costs 394033
Fundraising costs 283
Cash flow from operations (17)416
Funding reserves 308356287
Note: Ci has excluded amortization of deferred capital contributions from its revenue calculations, reducing revenues by $48k in F2015, $55k in F2014 and $70k in F2013. Ci removed gains on disposal of vehicles from revenues.    

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