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.

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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

Thank You Gift of Giving Back!

Another massively 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.

The food from this event as well as the Burlington Teen Tour Band along with the Gift of Giving Back’s collection from the Burlington Santa Claus Parade will help us as we continue on our mission of helping to feed Burlington families that find themselves in need of some help whether it be one time at Christmas or throughout the year.

Thank you Burlington for your continued support and generosity!

BOWSER BABES – September,  2017

In the fall of 1992, 25 years ago, six hockey wives formed BOWSER (Burlington Oldtimers’ Women Supplying Emergency Relief).  Their mandate was to help the less fortunate citizens of Burlington with a monthly collection of food and cash, all of which would be donated to the Burlington Food Bank.

The 3rd Sunday  of each month during the hockey season the “BOWSER BABES” are at arenas collecting non-perishable food items and household necessities. Some members prefer to donate cash in the bucket at the BOWSER table. All donations are distributed to Burlington residents.

The BOHC  (Burlington Oldtimers Hockey Club), members have contributed, 83,620 food and household items as well as $215,465 all donated to Burlington Food Bank for those in need.  BOHC  is recognized as the major contributor to the Burlington Food Bank.
Our thanks go out to the BOHC members from the “BOWSER BABES” - Michele Wood, Barb Charron, Louise Addison, Carolyn Park, Pat Broadbent,  Michelle Koskinen and Gabby Longlad.


A huge thank you goes out to the Good in OUR Hood Canada 150 Street Party event held on Saturday September 9th, 2017! This party to celebrate Canada’s Sesquicentennial was a great success in raising over 2500 pounds of food to kick off our fall season of giving and beginning the re-stocking of our depleting food supply through the summer months. A fantastic array of food donated by Turtle Jack’s, the Teen Tour Band, Burlington Fire’s participation, Innovation Clic’s donation of the Maple Leaf template for the canned goods donations and an incredible sense of community all came together for a great cause in support of the Burlington Food Bank. Special thanks to Mary Osborne and her team for organizing this impressive event!

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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