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

MWRThank you MWR team!!

Back Pack to Basics – Backpack & School Supply Donation Program in support of the Burlington Food Bank From Aug 13-20, the folks at MWR asked the community to join in and put a smile on a child’s face on their first day back to school. Backpacks were filled with essential items to give that child the opportunity to be the best they can be. The program was founded by Ryan & Melissa Zogala of the MWR Realty team. The folks at MWR donated BackPacks to the Food Bank as a back to school gesture for Burlington Food Bank clients

Shown here are Ryan Zogala and Melissa Zogala (MWR | Married with Real Estate Realty Team) and Richard Weima broker (Right at home realty, Burlington).

MarionMarion Duffield's Food Drive

Its amazing people like Marion Duffield that make living in Burlington such a special thing. This is her collection of 827 pounds of food with an estimated value of $2,150. She and her friends also donated $200 in Gift Cards and $150 in cash at their local Food Drive for a total of $2,500 in food and card/cash donations!

We can't thank you enough Marion!

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!.

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Mayor's Community Service Award

The Burlington Food Bank was honoured to be chosen as the recipient of the Mayor's Community Service Award - Not For Profit.

We feel that this is an award that shows how much our volunteers and donors mean to our great city and their willingness to help those in need of food assistance.

We also received acknowledgement of our award from MP Pam Damoff and MPP Jane McKenna which we greatly appreciated!

Thank you Burlington for your continued support and generosity!

What's Happening Now

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MAYOR'S COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD 

The Burlington Food Bank was honoured to be chosen as the recipient of the Mayor's Community Service Award - Not For Profit.

We feel that this is an award that shows how much our volunteers and donors mean to our great city and their willingness to help those in need of food assistance.

We also received acknowledgement of our award from MP Pam Damoff and MPP Jane McKenna which we greatly appreciated!