How to Receive Food

We Make Getting Food Easy for You

Anyone in need of food and living in Burlington is eligible to use the food bank. When you visit us, a staff member or volunteer will ask to see some identification and documentation that shows you are a resident of Burlington.

What You Can Expect As A Food Bank Client

Burlington Food Bank is run by dedicated staff and volunteers who collect food, stock shelves and support clients by distributing food. Our clients are welcomed with respect. If this is your first visit, you will need to complete a simple registration between the hours of 9:00 - 11:45 am, Monday to Friday. Please bring something with your name & address on it, as well as identification for everyone in your family. After your initial registration, you may visit us during our regular business hours as posted.

Some Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What kinds of food will I receive? You will receive nutritious food on each visit. This will include both canned/packaged food and fresh food like milk, fresh produce, vegetables or meat.
  2. Can I choose the food I need? We provide food for each member of your family that registers. We try to offer choices and a variety of food based on Canada’s Food Guide. Clients can shop for non perishable items with the assistance of our volunteers. Fresh produce is offered when available.
  3. Will I feel embarrassed visiting a food bank? All clients are treated with dignity and respect. We speak to you privately and confidentially. Clients are expected to treat our staff and volunteers with the same courtesy and understanding.

For additional information on how to get help in Burlington, click here


Burlington Food Bank
1254 Plains Rd. East, Unit 1A
Open: Monday to Friday 9 am - 11:45 pm

Open Doors/Burlington Food Bank
St. Christopher’s Church 662 Guelph Line
Open: Tues 5 - 8 pm, Thurs 12:45 pm - 2 pm,        Sat 10 am - 12 pm

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Local Food Drive Bulletin

Gift of Giving Back 2018GIFT OF GIVING BACK FOOD DRIVE 2018

Burlington Food Bank board grateful for the support provided by the Gift of Giving Back. L-R Bernie Parent, John Tait, John Lve, Scot Cameron, Jean Longfield, Lesley Fox, Chief Lazenby, Donna Ridge, Mary Gowan, Robin Bailey, Susan Clewer & Jim Kamstra

They announced donations amounting to 601,639 lbs. This new national record for Food donations in Canada was acknowledged by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 

Tim Horton's Smile Cookie Campaign

Members of our Board, Norm Crook & Donna Ridge, were out helping out with Tim Hortons #smilecookies this morning! $1 from all #BurlONcookie sales (until Sept 23) is donated right to the Burlington Food Bank.

Happy snacking!.

Thank You Gift of Giving Back!

Another successful year for the Gift of Giving Back and huge thank you from us at the Burlington Food Bank!

The Gift of Giving Back in it's 12th year collected over 422 000 lbs of food for 6 local beneficiaries. Along with being a beneficiary, the Burlington Food Bank were happy to lend some hands on both days of this incredible event.

Thank you Burlington for your continued support and generosity!

Bohc.caBOWSER BABES – Jan 5,  2019 - BOHC Christmas Dance raises $4,500 for the Burlington Food Bank

On November 24th the BOHC ( hosted a Christmas Dance at the Burlington Royal Canadian Legion in support of the Burlington Food Bank.

Shown here are Wendall Ahearn (President, BOHC), the BOWSER Babes (Louise Addison, Carolyn Park, Johanne Patterson, Pat Broadbent, Michele Wood), Robin Bailey (Burlington Food Bank), and Colin Ashdown with Angelo Sottana (event organizers). 

What's Happening Now


In late May our shelves become perilously low. We find ourselves short of nearly everything from rice to baby food.

Burlington Food Bank was originally established by a handful of Burlington churches. So, we decided to ask Burlington churches to help us out of our situation by holding Food Drives on our behalf. The response is absolutely outstanding!

The churches respond to such a degree that we have sufficient supplies to see our way clear through the summer.

Our heartfelt thanks to the Congregations and Clergy of:

Appleby United Church

Burlington Baptist Church

Burlington Christian Reformed Church

 Burlington Fellowship Canadian Reformed Church

Eaglesfield Community Church

East Plains United Church

Port Nelson United Church

St. Christopher's Anglican Church

St. John's Anglican Church

St. John the Baptist R. C. Church

St. Luke's Anglican Church

The Meeting House

Wellington Square United Church