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 Burlingtn 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

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