Organize a Community Event or Food Drive

Community Events Can Be Fun and Educational

Community Events are limited only by your imagination – garage sales, scavenger hunts, canstruction competitions, charity dinners…almost anything! Feel free to use your own ideas, or take a look at some of our ideas. Whether its your goal to collect food or raise funds, these events raise important awareness about hunger in Burlington.

How to Build an Event with Burlington Food Bank

Once you’ve decided what you want to do and when, fill out our Community Event Registration Form and take a look at our helpfull suggestions. Organizers are asked to register their event so that Burlington Food Bank can assist with publicity. Call us if you have any questions.

The 'How To' of Running a Community Event

If you’re running a food drive as your event, or as part of your event, there are sections on the Community Event Registration Form where you can let us know your goals, whether you need food collection barrels, specially marked boxes or a food pick-up. We can provide a spokesperson for large corporate events.

  1. Decide where and when you’re going to run your food drive.
  2. Set goals for food collection, decide how you’ll collect it and get it to our warehouse.
    • Set a goal in pounds, or aim to fill a lobby, lunchroom, office or corporate vehicle.
    • Generating 100% participation is a goal. Your event can be a great team-building activity!
    • We recommend that you help educate your donors to check expiry dates and to sort the food in designated boxes that we provide. This way your donors can see what items are needed most.
    • We can only pick up collections greater than 300 pounds, that’s about 30 grocery bags, but we always appreciate collections being dropped off at our warehouse or a local fire station.
  3. Promote your community event.
    • Encourage people to donate our Most Needed Food Items.
    • Tell people about your drive including: co-workers, neighbours and schoolmates.
    • For corporate events, find out if your company will match food/monetary donations.
    • Use facts about Burlington Food Bank to promote your drive by visiting the ‘Learn’ page.
    • Advertise your drive on Facebook, Twitter or other social media sites.
    • We will post your event on our online calendar.
      • Send a description of your event (including who, what, where, when, contact information and a link to your website, if applicable), at least two weeks before the event. We'll post it on our website.
      • Your description and formatting may need to be edited in order for it to fit.
    • Track your success, send out emails and post updates to keep everyone excited and involved.
  4. Drop off your food and fund raising donations at:
    • 1254 Plains Rd East, Unit 1A  Burlington, ON L7S 1W6
      Or, if you requested a specific pick-up date on your registration form, you can expect the truck that day. If there are conflicts, we can make other arrangements. Please note that financial donations CANNOT be dropped at fire halls. Bring them to our Plains Road location.
  5. Follow up with your event participants and donors.
    • Let everyone know about your success, either in an email, poster or announcement.
    • After we receive your donation, a thank you letter or certificate will be sent to the event organizer. We encourage you to duplicate this letter to send it to your donors.
    • Contact the Burlington Post and Snap Burlington and encourage them to cover the success of your event. The more innovative and creative your event is will determine media interest.


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