Here are a few of our many committed volunteers

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 commited 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 PWFB
  • 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:
Questions about volunteering should be directed to our Intake/Volunteer Coordinator Brenda Thompson at 905-637-2273 or by email: info@burlingtonfoodbank.ca

High School Student Volunteer Hours

Students seeking to complete their mandatory student volunteer hours may sign up for volunteer activities that are available on Saturday mornings to sort grocery donations. Students who help organize a community event or a school collectors food drive are eligable for their volunteer hours also. To register for your student volunteer hours click here. or contact our Volunteer Co-ordinator Brenda Thompson at 905-637-2273

Junior Food Bank Heroes Club (New)

13th Burlington Cub Scouts Learn 'Good Citizenship'         Special thanks to the Leadership Team and Youth of the 13th Burlington Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Venturers for their commitment collect non-perishable food items door to door and then visiting Burlington Food Bank for a tour to not only learn first hand how our food bank operates but also assist as volunteers to sort, check expiry dates and stock shelves to learn all the ins and outs of this important resouce for the poor in our community.

'WE SCARE HUNGER' is a food drive undertaken by 14 amazing students calling their group SHINE which stands for Students Helping in Neighbourhoods Enthusiastically.  These students attend John T Tuck school, organized themselves after a few of them heard Craig Kielburger of Free the Children speak about the We Scare Hunger campaign and the kids were inspired to take up the challenge. They collected 760 lbs of food and when they attended a tour of our food bank they volunteered to come back and learn how to sort and store the food. Meet the amazing SHINE TEAM, Taylor Begbie, Anne and Sean Chen, Will Cullimore, Sienna Faria, Mikayla Federchuk, Aashna Ganatra, Connor Hall, Julia and Katie Mezzabotta, absent from photo, Elliot Byers, Paige Keeting, Maya Sutherland and Ellie Wand.

Marko Vujicic is in grade 5 at Alton Village School where he was being taught 'Citizenship' by his teacher. It was suggested that each student undertake an act of kindness in their community and present their act to the class. “Marko was reading an article in the Burlington Post appealing for help at the Food Bank.” Marko decided to help and made a sign 'The Food Bank Hero' and attached it to his sisters red wagon and went door to door showing his neighbours in the Alton Community the article in the Post, asking them if they were aware and if they would like to help with a donation. He asked his father if he would ask his co-workers if they would contribute and they did also. Markos food drive was a big success. Marko says his next project is to sell his old toys and donate the money.

Several Ways for Volunteers to Help

  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

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