North York Harvest Food Bank

116 Industry Street
Toronto, ON M6M 4L8
Executive Director: Ryan Noble
Board Chair: Kerry Mitchell

Charitable Reg. #: 11906 2495 RR0001
Sector: Social Services - Food Bank (Multi-Service Agency)
Operating Charity

Results Reporting

Grade: B+

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

Financial Transparency

Audited financial statements for current and previous years available on the charity's website [Audited financial statement for most recent year]

Need for Funding

Funding Reserves Program Costs

Spending Breakdown

Cents to the Cause

2014 2015 2016
For a dollar donated, cents funding the cause after fundraising and admin costs, excluding surplus.

Impact Rating: Fair

Full-time staff #9

Avg. Compensation $75,349

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 8
< $40k 0
Information from most recent CRA Charities Directorate filings for F2016

About North York Harvest Food Bank:

Founded in 1986, the North York Harvest Food Bank (NYH) strives to provide dignified food assistance while building strong neighbourhood networks. Serving the North York area of Toronto, it collects distributes food to 47 member agencies. NYH is also working on longer-term solutions to food access, supporting its agencies with investments and development programs and engaging in research on the communities it serves.

In F2016, North York Harvest Food Bank collected and distributed 2.3 million pounds of food, of which 22% was perishable, to over 13,000 people every month. The food was distributed through 77 food programs, including 11 prenatal and child nutrition food programs and 45 neighbourhood food banks. NYH reports that among its clients, 1 in 3 users are children, 40% have a long-term disability, 15% are seniors and 40% are college or university graduates. It also reports that food bank usage in Toronto suburbs has increased 45% since 2008.

Its agency development program works with the agencies to build capacity by providing industrial fridges, shelving, technology and training. Its agency investment project is a three-year pilot project funded by donors that goes a step further by having staff members consult four agencies – Thistletown, Society for the Living, Room to Grow and Community Share. It provided 3 fridges, 3 freezers and 25 storage units to these agencies, along with training 277 people.

Financial Review:

North York Harvest Food Bank is a large-cap charity with monetary and goods in kind donations of $7.2m in F2016. Its administrative costs are 1% of revenues and fundraising costs are 24% of cash donations. For every dollar donated, 75 cents goes to the cause, falling within Ci’s reasonable range. The charity has funding reserves of $498k which can cover program costs, excluding food, for just over 5 months.

This report is an update that is currently being reviewed by North York Harvest Food Bank. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.

Updated July 13, 2017 by Josh Lam.

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending August
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.5%1.5%1.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 24.0%16.9%16.1%
Program cost coverage (%) 43.4%42.6%44.3%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $000s
Donations 1,3561,2881,167
Goods in kind 5,7505,7505,407
Government funding 155162116
Special events 1129089
Other income 776897
Total revenues 7,4507,3586,878
Program costs 6,8986,8586,452
Administrative costs 10811299
Fundraising costs 353232203
Cash flow from operations 91155123
Funding reserves 498472463
Note: The charity does not report the value of donated food on its audited financial statements. Ci has included the value of donated food as found in the charity's annual reports, increasing both revenues and expenditures by $5.8m in F2016, $5.8m in F2015 and $5.4m in F2014.

Comments added by the Charity:

North York Harvest Food Bank is committed to being accountable to all of its stakeholders. Our food assistance and community development programs make an enormous difference in the lives of the 15,000 people struggling on low incomes who access our programs through our member agencies each and every month.  Poverty and food insecurity issues are complex, and intersect with many other social issues. As such, the full breadth of our impact is not readily captured by the simple calculations proposed by Charity Intelligence. We are always happy to respond to any queries about our organization and our programs. Our most recent audited financial statements can be found on our website at

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