Volunteering

The amazing and kind-hearted people, who volunteer with the Burlington Food Bank, help us in the most hands-on way possible by giving hope to those living with hunger in Burlington. We could not function at the Burlington Food Bank without our volunteers. More than 100 community volunteers,  have committed thousands of hours every year, since 1991, to provide nutritious food to the hungry of our community in a dignified and timely manner.

Information Sessions & Volunteer Opportunities

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Becoming a Regular Volunteer

Anyone looking to volunteer on a regular basis throughout the year must attend a Volunteer information Session (less than an hour in length). These sessions provide information on the Burlington Food Bank, volunteer opportunities, and include a tour of our facility.

Volunteering as a Group

Corporate and community groups interested in booking a lunch n’ learn program at the Burlington Food Bank or participating in our Community Garden program should email Diane for more information and to book a visit.

Our Volunteer Handbook

If you’re planning on volunteering with the Burlington Food Bank, please take a moment to read our Volunteer Handbook.

Volunteer Frequently Asked Questions

We are very proud of our volunteers at the Burlington Food Bank, and we try to do our best to make sure your time spent helping us out is as rewarding as possible.

Q: How do I become a volunteer with the Burlington Food Bank?

A: Volunteering starts by filling our Volunteer Application. It only takes a few minutes. Click the link below to get started.

Q: When can I volunteer?

A: Our Food Bank is open Monday to Friday, 9:00 am to 11:45 am, and Thursday evenings 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm. Volunteers are scheduled, as needed. The length of each shift is typically 30 minutes prior to and 15 minutes following our hours that we are open.

Q: Do you have evening and weekend volunteering opportunities?

A: We do have special events and fundraising opportunities that are frequently held on evenings and weekends. Please let us know about your interest in volunteering at an event by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator by email. You will be sent email notifications when volunteers are required for upcoming events.

Q: Can I book a group or family volunteering opportunity?

A: Yes, group bookings are welcomed at the Burlington Food Bank. Due to space limitations and safety in our food sorting area, the recommended maximum number of participants is 10. Groups larger than this may be required to book multiple sessions.

Families with small children should note that the recommended minimum age for food sorting is 10 years.

Groups, up to a maximum of 15, may also want to consider volunteering as Garden helpers, assisting with planting and gleaning fresh fruits and vegetables for our client’s use.

Please identify your interest in volunteering at an event by contacting our Volunteer Coordinator by email.

Q: What types of volunteer opportunities are available?

A: We have a variety of available opportunities, from administration, to warehouse work, to social media. We need help in all kinds of areas. To see our full list go to our Application Form.

Q: What should I wear to volunteer?

A: Comfortable clothing and footwear is always encouraged. When volunteering in our warehouse, closed toes shoes are required (no sandals). If you are volunteering on our delivery truck – steel-toed foot wear is recommended. When volunteering at special events, recommended dress will be indicated.

Q: How old do I need to be to volunteer for the Food Bank?

A: The recommended minimum age of children volunteering with family in our warehouse is 10 years, and youth under 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Youth volunteers under the age of 14 must be accompanied by an adult. Delivery assistants must be a minimum of 18 years of age.

Q: Do you take student volunteers?

A: We are pleased to assist high school students in the completion of the 40 hours of community volunteer hours.

Please note that our regular hours of operation often preclude students from volunteering on-site but we welcome their participation during PD Days and school breaks (dependent on availability of volunteer opportunities) and as volunteers at our special events throughout the year. Contact our Volunteer Coordinator by email to express your interest.

Please note that all students are responsible for recording their hours and having their record sheet signed/authorized by supervising Burlington Food Bank staff.

Q: Do I require a police records check?

A: We generally do not require a police records check to volunteer with the Burlington Food Bank.

Q: Will I be photographed during my volunteer activity?

A: With frequent media events taking place on-site at the Burlington Food Bank, photos and/or video footage may be taken throughout the duration of your volunteer activity and released through various media outlets. You will be asked to sign a waiver as part of your volunteer application and confidentiality agreement with the Burlington Food Bank.

Q: Can I just drop in to volunteer?

A: Individual volunteers and groups are required to book in advance of volunteering with the Burlington Food Bank.

Q: What is the time commitment?

A: We have a very flexible approach to volunteering at the Burlington Food Bank. There is no minimum time commitment to participate in the volunteer program.

Q: What is the time commitment?

A: We have a very flexible approach to volunteering at the Burlington Food Bank. There is no minimum time commitment to participate in the volunteer program.

Q: Can I fulfill court appointed community service hours at the Burlington Food Bank?

A: We do accept individuals with court appointed hours however, we are unable to accept anyone who has a violent offense. Hours, dates, and times must be pre-approved and arranged through the CSO supervisor in advance.

The Burlington Food Bank works with established community partners to place individuals with court appointed hours. For more information on our Community Service Order (CSO) Program please contact Robin Bailey at (905) 637-2273

Volunteer Appreciation

Special appreciation and recognition is given to the following individuals:

VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR 2021

Dominique Wildeboer

VOLUNTEERS OF THE YEAR 2020

Audrey & Doug Gosling

HALL OF FAME — Lifetime Members

  • Marguerite Birett
  • Audrey & Doug Gosling
  • Mary Gowan
  • John Love
  • Terry Pepler
  • Ken Plata
  • Michelle Quinn
  • Joan Thomas
  • Sharon Treacy
  • Mieke VanderKooy
  • Irene Visser
  • Marty Wamsley

HALL OF FAME — Gold Volunteers: 200+ Hours

  • Judah Bailey
  • Christine Collings
  • David Collings
  • Lisa Dubik
  • Sean Hollingsworth
  • Stephane Lalonde
  • Tom May
  • Jane Newton
  • Jasmine Olivieri
  • Kim Palmer
  • Wayne Palmer
  • Jessica Schiff
  • Beverly Taylor
  • Dominique Wildeboer
  • John Williamson
  • Fred Youngs
  • Samantha Zulian

HALL OF FAME — SILVER Volunteers: 100-199 Hours

  • Jude Buiks
  • Mike Cioci
  • Laura Clark
  • Katrina Dillon
  • Jordyn Ellsworth
  • Janet Hamilton
  • Mike Hoshooley
  • Amber Jolly
  • Jennifer Siekiel
  • Tawny Sinasac
  • Daniel Tremblay

HALL OF FAME — BRONZE Volunteers: 50-99 Hours

  • Elise Adolphe
  • Chuck Beszterczey
  • Stuart Burt
  • Diane Butcher
  • Matthew Carruthers
  • Cindy Cass
  • Denise Clement
  • Cyndi Volpe
  • Nancy Demerling
  • Wesley Dockendorff
  • Kattie Farrugia
  • Pia Foss-Pedersen
  • Arshya Garg
  • Surbhi Garg
  • Chris Grady
  • Natalie Guberney
  • Steven Hewson
  • MaryAnn Kalte
  • Mary Kebalo-Plata
  • Stephanie Kinal
  • Dave Loveland
  • Anne McGillivary
  • Marie-Helene Mongrain
  • Diane Moore
  • Carol Ann O’Toole
  • Deb Russ
  • Razwan Sadiq
  • Isabelle Stather
  • Carrie Trueland
  • Carl van der Boom
  • Cherilyn Wallace
  • Julie Wallace
  • Michael Willcock
  • Alison Willis
  • Karen Worlidge