202 Ave. C South
Saskatoon, SK S7M 1N2
Executive Director: Laurie O'Connor
Board Chair: Quinton Osatchuk

Charitable Reg. #:119140903 RR 0001


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

[Charity Rating: 4/5]



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) 98 cents are available for programs.

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About Saskatoon Food Bank:

Founded in 1984, Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre (SFBLC) strives to create a food secure community where all people have access to safe, affordable, and nutritious food. The charity believes in the importance of addressing underlying issues contributing to hunger and poverty. It runs emergency food programs as well as learning, self-help, and life skills programs.  

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Saskatoon Food Bank’s food program provides 2-3 days of emergency food for people in the Saskatoon area (within 50km of the city). In F2018, the charity provided 83,207 food hampers to 227,361 people. SFBLC’s Milk for Children program provides 1 litre of milk for children under 18 and pregnant and nursing women. In F2018, 97,612 litres of milk were provided.  

SFBLC’s urban agriculture program operates a city-owned community garden in the heart of Saskatoon. In F2018, the garden saw 2,285 visits by 1,493 people, and the charity produced 21,739 pounds of produce.  

SFBLC also operates learning and development programs and support services to address the root causes of hunger and poverty. The charity’s Clothing Depot provides clients with gently-used clothes and household items free of charge. The shop saw 38,819 visitors in F2018. SFBLC’s Income Tax program returned $19.7m to 7,691 low income clients.  

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Results and Impact

Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre strives to create a food secure community where all people have access to safe, affordable, and nutritious food. In F2018, the charity distributed 1,869,094 pounds of food to people in need.

Charity Intelligence gave Saskatoon Food Bank an impact rating of Average for demonstrated social impact per dollar spent.

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Impact Rating: Average

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Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre is a medium-sized charity, receiving $2.0m in donations and special events fundraising revenue in F2018 as well as $7.1m in donated food. Administrative costs are 2% of revenues (excluding investment income), and fundraising costs are 0.4% of cash donations. For every dollar donated, 98 cents go towards the charity’s programs. This is outside of Ci’s reasonable range for overhead spending; however, it is not uncommon for food banks to have very low overhead cost ratios. SFBLC has funding reserves of $341k, which can cover program costs (excluding the cost of donated food) for 2 months.  

This is a new charity report that has been sent to Saskatoon Food Bank and Learning Centre for review. Changes and edits may be forthcoming.  

Profile created July 25, 2019 by Caroline McKenna.  

Financial Review

Financial Ratios

Fiscal year ending March
Administrative costs as % of revenues 1.7%1.6%1.4%
Fundraising costs as % of donations 0.4%0.5%0.4%
Total overhead spending 2.1%2.1%1.8%
Program cost coverage (%) 3.8%3.6%4.1%

Summary Financial Statements

All figures in $s
Donations 1,901,1151,365,3951,578,384
Goods in kind 7,126,3666,651,0837,465,289
Business activities (net) 377,600295,409213,466
Special events 143,079160,769135,952
Investment income 29,88323,36716,083
Other income 11,88311,27011,016
Total revenues 9,589,9268,507,2939,420,190
Program costs 1,583,9511,523,9201,387,821
Grants 7,391,6826,897,0297,656,223
Administrative costs 162,237136,373129,281
Fundraising costs 8,8816,8616,704
Other costs 10,2257,8098,301
Total spending 9,156,9808,571,9909,188,330
Cash flow from operations 432,950(64,699)231,860
Capital spending 74,3842,83620,594
Funding reserves 341,363303,283370,226

Note: Ci reported revenues from fundraising events and clothing depot and community works programs net of expenses, affecting total revenues and expenses by ($143k) in F2018, ($114k) in F2017, and ($165k) in F2016. Ci reported the value of donated food based on weight measurements priced at $2.60 per pound in F2018 and $2.50 per pound in F2017 and F2016, based on Food Banks Canada standards. The value of donated food increased both revenues and expenses by $7.1m in F2018, $6.6m in F2017, and $7.5m in F2016.  

Salary Information

Full-time staff: 31

Avg. compensation: $42,003

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 F2018

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Comments & Contact

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Charity Contact

Website: www.saskatoonfoodbank.org
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