Ways to Donate

There are many ways to give to the Burlington Food Bank and it’s thanks to the generosity of our donors that we can do what we do. If you would like to give scroll down to discover all the ways you can help.

Donate online

Online donations help us fill the gap when we don’t have enough of the perishable food items like milk, meat, and eggs our neighbours might need.

Food Donations

Almost all non-perishable food comes from generous donors like you! If you would like to  hold a food drive or other event on behalf of the Burlington Food Bank please use this for to register your event.

Ten Most Needed Items

The Burlington Food Bank provides fresh and non-perishable food, as well as supplies such as diapers, toiletries, and cleaning supplies to its own clients and to over 20 emergency food programs across the city. This is our current list of most needed items:

Cereal (Hot and Cold)
Large Soup
Juice (Boxes and 1 Litres)
Granola Bars (Peanut Free)
Peanut Butter
Crackers
Canned Fruit
Canned Tomatoes
Canned Vegetables
Baked Beans

Grow Fresh Produce

Sam Le Grand, Volunteer Garden Coordinator, and her hardworking volunteer gardeners have produced the finest crop of fresh food we have ever seen at the Food Bank. We’ve also been lucky this year with community groups donating to us through Grow a Row (Burlington Together) and Grow to Give (Burlington Green). Below are a few tips for harvesting and delivering to us for distribution.

  • Make sure your harvested vegetables are fresh, clean, dry and labeled.
  • Garden grown vegetables can look different than commercially grown vegetables. Labeling the vegetables help our recipients identify and incorporate fresh food into their meal plans.
  • Garden vegetables picked at perfect ripeness are full of nutrients and flavour. We can ensure high quality tasty food by harvesting vegetables in the early morning.
  • We will need an ID from the donor of food grown privately and brought to the food bank.  This is to ensure traceability if needed.

Bunchberry Connections Urban Farm

Bunchberry Connections urban farm has produced over 1,000 lbs of fresh and health food to help feed our neighbours. They are in need of volunteers to help grow and harvest. If you would like to get involved let us know.

In Memoriam Donations

Why not consider making a donation in memory of a special person or loved one? Making an in-memoriam donation is easy and convenient in one of the following ways.

Online

Donate anytime using our secure online form.

By Phone

Contact us between 8 am and 4 pm, Monday to Friday.

By Cheque

To donate by mail send your cheque to:

Burlington Food Bank
1254 Plains Rd. East Unit 1A,
Burlington, ON L7S 1W6.

Major Gifts

Help make a long-term impact on the Burlington Food Bank and our community. If you’re considering donating a Major Gift to the Burlington Food Bank, contact our Treasurer, Paul Farquharson, to set up a visit to the Burlington Food Bank to see our operations in person.

During your visit we would love to discuss how you can help make a long-term impact on the Burlington Food Bank and the community.

Your Major Gift could help us with the following large needs:

  • A new facility with a Long Term lease
  • Fresh Produce Program purchases
  • Food Insecurity Research
  • Children’s Programs
  • Garden support and equipment
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United Way Donations

You can direct your United Way donations to go directly to The Burlington Food Bank. Burlington Food Bank is not a funded agency of the United Way. Increasingly many United Way donors are designating their annual, monthly or payroll deducted donation to help feed the poor in our city.

Just fill in Burlington Food Bank and our registered charity number 88963-8946-RR0001 on the United Way form and they will forward us your donation less a small processing fee.

Thank you to everyone in our community who have already directed their United Way donations to Burlington Food Bank

Planned Giving

Make a lasting impact on reducing local hunger in Burlington. If you have any questions or if you have left a gift for the Burlington Food Bank through life insurance or your estate, please contact our Treasurer, Paul Farquharson.

The Gift of Securities

Consider donating your shares directly to the Burlington Food Bank. These gifts are easy to transfer, and they eliminate capital gains tax. To donate these types of gifts, please fill out the Donation of Securities Form. Please ensure the form is signed by the donor and returned to the Burlington Food Bank. Please note, this form will be used to issue the donor a tax receipt.

What gifts are eligible?

  • Bonds
  • Futures
  • Publicly traded stocks
  • Shares acquired through employee stock options
  • Units in mutual trust funds
  • Warrants

Endowment Fund

This fund was created by the Burlington Food Bank to provide an ongoing source of revenue to support and enhance their services to the community; in particular food security, but excluding operational and/or campaign support. Through the Burlington Food Bank, this fund benefits community members in Burlington who are experiencing food security challenges.

The Gift of a Bequest

Including the Burlington Food Bank as a beneficiary in your will allows you to make a larger gift than you might have thought possible. Also a bequest provides charitable tax credits for your estate. For help including the Burlington Food Bank in your will, please download both our Important Information for Your Lawyer, and Sample Wording documents.

The Gift of Life Insurance

The Burlington Food Bank can be the beneficiary of a life insurance policy with the benefits of that policy going directly to charity upon death. This arrangement ensures that the proceeds do not pass through your estate, thereby circumventing probate. This entitles your estate to the tax benefit.

Food Bank Community Partners

The Burlington Food Bank is very thankful for the broad network of support services and community partners who help us feed families in Burlington on a daily basis.

Food Bank Community Boosters

The support and compassion of Community Boosters in Burlington enable us to offer a hand up, not just a hand out to our neighbours who are struggling and need daily assistance.