Food for the Hungry (FH) Canada

1 - 31741 Peardonville Road
Abbotsford, BC V2T 1L2
President & CEO: Musu K. Taylor-Lewis
Board Chair: Lorne Penner

Charitable Reg. #:13215 2893 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) 69 cents are available for programs.

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About Food for the Hungry (FH) Canada:

Food for the Hungry Canada is a 5-star charity. It has an above-average results reporting grade of B+, Good demonstrated impact, and reasonable overhead costs of 31%.

A Charity Intelligence 2023 Top 100 Rated Charity

Founded in 1988, Food for the Hungry Canada (FH Canada or FHC) is a Christian charity that aims to end poverty. In F2023, FH Canada worked directly with 120 low-income communities across Bangladesh, Burundi, Cambodia, Ethiopia, Guatemala, Rwanda, and Uganda to help them become self-sufficient, and live sustainably. In each country, its projects focus on health, education, livelihoods, and leadership. FH Canada reports that 96% of program costs were spent on international programs, 1% on Canadian programs, and 3% on public awareness and education in F2023. It did not provide a spending breakdown within its international programs. 

In F2023, FHC’s Bangladesh programs supported 9,092 community members in five communities. In F2023, FHC established four new preschools, and equipped 11 preschools with mats, baskets, coloured pencils, chalkboards, and learning materials for each student. The charity also installed four overhead water tanks and established three breastfeeding areas.

In F2023, the Burundi programs supported 6,144 community members in 20 communities. In F2023, FHC constructed two classrooms, distributed 419 desks to seven schools, and constructed ten latrines at one school. The charity also delivered 926 kg of maize seed and 200 kg of bean seed to 635 farmers.

The Cambodia programs supported 28,141 community members in 35 communities in F2023. FHC delivered playground equipment to five primary schools and gave library materials to 5,456 children from 17 primary schools. The charity gave hygiene kits to 475 families and trained 165 community members on business management and financial literacy.

The Ethiopia programs supported 28,564 community members in nine communities. In F2023, FHC installed 31 new water points, benefitting 1,550 households. The charity also constructed four new classrooms and distributed 360 books to nine primary schools.

The Guatemala programs supported 3,203 community members in 12 communities. In F2023, FH Canada distributed 2,019 school supplies kits to students and delivered 370 chickens to families.

The Rwanda programs supported 15,652 community members in four communities. In F2023, FH Canada provided 58,652 tree seedlings to community members and distributed 1,847 corrugated sheets to 120 vulnerable households with damaged roofs.

The Uganda programs supported 13,848 community members in seven communities. In F2023, FH Canada distributed 1,000 story books to seven schools and contributed 780 kg of beans and maize seeds to school gardens to feed 5,000 children. The charity also screened 1,193 people for malnutrition and built five latrines for girls at a primary school.

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Results and Impact

In F2023 in Ethiopia, Food for the Hungry Canada trained 80 savings and loans groups on financial literacy and small business enterprises resulting in 85 active small businesses. The charity has also noticed a 33% improvement in school enrollment over four years, and that farmers raised their yields by over 600% by applying sustainable farming techniques.

In Burundi, a program called Let’s Learn to Read helped schools in Kabarore, the poorest area in the province of Kayanza, come in tenth place at the national level.

In Cambodia, the charity saw a 42.6% increase in the number of students in Tropeang Prasat reading books in school libraries since the beginning of the year. Additionally, 28 communities implemented Community Led Total Sanitation (CLTS) and seven of them celebrated achieving zero open defecation.

In Rwanda, the charity noticed that there’s been a decrease in school dropouts from 4.9 percent to only 0.3 percent, and in Bangladesh caregiver engagement in their children’s lives has increased by over 11 percent in just two years.

Impact Rating: Good

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In F2023, Food for the Hungry Canada had donations of $8.1m and donated goods valued at $5.4m that were used in programs.

Administrative costs are 8% of revenues (less investment income) and fundraising costs are 22% of donations. This results in total overhead spending of 31%, which is within Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending. 

FH Canada has $1.3m in reserve funds. These reserve funds are the charity’s cash and investments. The charity has 3 months of annual program costs covered by its current reserves. This shows a need for funding.

In F2023, Food for the Hungry Canada paid external fundraisers $579k. These external fundraisers raised $3.9m in donations. This means it costs FH Canada $0.15 to raise $1 using external fundraisers.

This charity report is an update that has been sent to Food for the Hungry Canada for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on June 17, 2024, by Lily Ferguson.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending September
Administrative costs as % of revenues 8.4%7.1%5.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 22.2%19.3%16.7%
Total overhead spending 30.6%26.4%22.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 21.2%38.4%49.9%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 8,0967,6617,595
Goods in kind 5,3874,9434,537
Investment income 6626656
Other income 485340
Total revenues 13,59612,92312,227
Program costs - International 5,6115,0524,752
Program costs - Canada 435610609
Grants 0281
Donated goods exp 5,5424,9414,564
Administrative costs 1,135902657
Fundraising costs 1,7981,4741,265
Other costs 42138145
Total spending 14,56313,14511,993
Cash flow from operations (967)(222)234
Capital spending 1142510
Funding reserves 1,2802,1872,674

Note: Ci adjusted for deferred contributions, affecting total revenue by $45k in F2023, $55k in F2022, and ($440k) in F2021. Ci reported donated goods used in programs separately from international program costs. Ci reported grants separately, removing amounts from administrative costs based on FH Canada’s financial notes. Ci used FH Canada’s financial notes to remove amortization allocated to program, administrative, and fundraising costs. Ci allocated unrealized gain on foreign exchange to other revenue based on FH Canada’s financial notes.

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 16

Avg. compensation: $85,850

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 F2023

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Comments & Contact

Comments added by the Charity:

Comment added on October 31, 2023:

Food for the Hungry Canada is honoured to be trusted and endorsed by Charity Intelligence, alongside other upstanding organizations! We are incredibly grateful to our many supporters who believe in FHs' work and empower communities worldwide to end poverty, together!

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