Canadian Food For Children

1258 Lakeshore Rd E.
Mississauga, ON L5E 1E9
Founder: Andrew Simone
Executive Director: Helen McGuire

Charitable Reg. #:11883 1080 RR0001


Ci's Star Rating is calculated based on the following independent metrics:

[Charity Rating: 1/5]


Audited financial statements available only through official request for information from Charities Directorate.



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) 97 cents are available for programs.

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About Canadian Food For Children:

Canadian Food for Children is a one-star charity with a low results reporting grade and overhead spending outside of Ci's reasonable range. The charity has low funding reserves that can cover less than a year of program costs and is not financially transparent. Canadian Food for Children does not report fundraising costs so its overhead spending may be underreported.

Founded in 1985, Canadian Food for Children (CFFC) is a Christian charity that sends food, medical supplies, and other goods to poor people in developing countries. Food that the charity typically sends includes dried peas, beans, flour, powdered eggs, granola bars, pasta, cookies, jam, iodized salt, and soup mix. Other supplies include soap, winter clothes, shoes, and boots. The charity does not provide a spending breakdown of its programs on its website.

In F2022, Canadian Food for Children sent 274 shipments to people in 13 different countries. Shipments had a total weight of 4,462,909 kg. Countries that received the largest amount of goods by weight were El Salvador (32% of total weight), Angola (17%), Sierra Leone (17%), and Peru (15%). 

The operating cost per kg of supplies shipped was $1.94 during the year.

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Results and Impact

Ci did not find any quantified outcomes on Canadian Food for Children’s website. This may not be a complete representation of CFFC’s results and impact.

Charity Intelligence has given Canadian Food for Children an Average impact rating on demonstrated impact per dollar spent.

Impact Rating: Average

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The charity’s financial statements have not been audited. The CRA recommends that charities with revenues over $250k have audited financial statements available. Canadian Food for Children does not post its financial statements online. CFFC’s financial statements for F2022 were not available at the time of this report.

In F2021, CFFC received $9.7m in donations. CFFC does not disclose what portion of its donations are goods-in-kind. Administrative costs are 3% of revenues (less investment income). The charity does not report fundraising costs on its financial statements or T3010 filing with the CRA. For each dollar donated, 97 cents go to the cause. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending.

Canadian Food for Children has reserve funds of $2.1m that can cover its program costs for three months.

This is a charity update that has been sent to Canadian Food for Children. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated on July 11, 2023 by Emily Downing.

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending December
Administrative costs as % of revenues 3.5%2.7%1.8%
Total overhead spending 3.5%2.7%1.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 25.3%17.4%6.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 9,7147,5479,207
Government funding 1400
Investment income 16(5)(46)
Total revenues 9,7437,5429,161
Program costs - International 8,3426,7089,313
Grants 0010
Administrative costs 337200163
Other costs 657
Total spending 8,6846,9149,493
Cash flow from operations 1,059628(332)
Capital spending 000
Funding reserves 2,1071,164565

Note: Ci reported foreign exchange gain (loss) as investment income, affecting revenues and expenses by $12k in F2021, ($6k) in F2020, and ($47k) in F2019. Ci reported administrative expenses from CCFC’s T3010 filing with the CRA and backed out amounts from international program costs to reconcile the total expense amount. 

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 3

Avg. compensation: $52,699

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 F2021

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Charitable Registration Number: 80340 7956 RR0001