our volunteers
Burlington Food Bank
our volunteers

Our many committed volunteers make it all worthwhile!
Please click here for more details about volunteering

What Our Volunteers Do

Our dedicated volunteers have helped us by giving hope to those living with hunger in Burlington. We could not function at the Burlington Food Bank without our volunteers. Community volunteers, of over 100 men, women and students, have committed thousands of hours every year, since 1991, helping us to fight hunger and feed hope in Burlington.

Volunteers help us by:

  • Performing various tasks in the warehouse: sorting food, cleaning,organizing, stocking shelves
  • Staffing our reception desk
  •  Assisting clients with their food selections
  • Assisting with administrative tasks
  • Assisting with pickups with donor bins at fire halls and grocery stores 
  • Assisting at special events in support of Burlington Food Bank
  • Organizing local food drives
  • Becoming a member of our Board of Directors
  • Speaking to service clubs and church groups about our impact in the community

Volunteer Inquires:
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High School Student Volunteer Hours

Students seeking to complete their mandatory student volunteer hours may sign up for volunteer activities that are available during regular business hours to sort grocery donations. This means that these hours are only available on PA Days as well as regular school vacation days such as summers and March/Spring Break. Students who help organize a community event or a school food drive are eligible for their volunteer hours also. Please click here for more details about volunteering

Several Ways for Volunteers to Help

Our Volunteers

  1. Organize a food drive at your office, church, school or with friends and family. Visit the 'Organize a Food Drive page to get helpful tips on how to get started.
  2. Make a financial donation online. Your donation allows us to buy fresh and nutritious food to help feed hungry seniors, children and families in our community.  Click here to donate.
  3. Educate you and your co-workers.  We will arrange a group tour during regular business hours to provide you with detailed information about the work that we do in the community.  For more information, contact our Intake/ Volunteer Coordinator at 905-637-2273


Special Volunteer Recognition

Special appreciation and recognition is given to the following individual contributions:

  • Bronze Volunteers: 50-99 hours served
  • Tina Djordjevic
  • Sharon O'Neill
  • Christine Collings
  • Nick Di Corpo
  • Donimique Wildeboer
  • Dan Koz
  • Jim Hampton
  • Margaret Head
  • Susan Clewer
  • Paula Kind
  • Silver Volunteers: 100-199 hours served
  • Donna Ridge
  • Laura Clark
  • Bernie Parent
  • John Love
  • Laurie Wallace
  • Kirk Ryder
  • Glenn Thompson
  • John Schunk
  • Terry Pepler
  • Port Nelson United Church (Tuesday Men's Volunteer Group)
  • Gold Volunteers: 200+ hours served
  • Audrey & Doug Gosling
  • Mary Gowan
  • Rupert Roach
  • Michelle & Cass Quinn
  • Marguerite Birett
  • Mieke VanderKooy
  • Irene Visser
  • Kathryn MacFarlane
  • Joe Lamb
  • Alen Sivasambu
  • Sharon Treacy
  • Marty Wamsley
  • Wayne Beesley
  • Helena Pepin
  • Joan Thomas
  • Jody Earl Simpson

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 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 – April 28,  2018

In the fall of 1992, six hockey wives formed BOWSER (Burlington Oldtimers’ Women Supplying Emergency Relief).  Their mandate was to help the less fortunate residents of Burlington with a monthly collection of food and cash, all of which would be donated to the Burlington Food Bank. Each month during the hockey season the “BOWSER BABES” are at arenas collecting non-perishable food items and household necessities.

Shown here are Louise Addison, Robin Bailey, Barb Charron, Michele Wood and Carolyn Park presenting the Burlington Food Bank with a cheque for $13,500 which includes the BOWSER cash contribution for the 2017-18 season. Including the Christmas dance donation, it brings the BOWSER season total to $17,075. Missing from the photo are Pat Broadbent and Michelle Koskinen. Through BOWSER, the BOHC members have contributed, 86,215 food and household items as well as $233,970 all donated to Burlington Food Bank for those in need.

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