At Food For Life, every little bit of help goes a long way to providing food for families in need. Our lean operation and network of volunteers enables us to turn a $1 donation into $15.40 worth of retail food and allows us to put 93% of donations into the cause with just 7% going to administrative costs. This is one of the highest ratios in Canada. We offer a variety of ways for you to to make a financial donation:
Food for Life collects online donations through Canada Helps:
You can use your credit card or existing account, to make a secure online donation to us.
Food for Life welcomes direct donations. Please send a cheque to:
Send a cheque to:
Food for Life Canada
2258 Mountainside Drive, Burlington, ON L7P 1B7.
Tax receipts are given for donations over $10.
We also accept gifts of securities, allowing you to save the capital gains tax! Please contact us today for more info.
Through United Way
If you would prefer to donate through United Way, you can direct your donation to us by designating
“Food for Life Canada, Oakville” as the recipient of your donation.
Food for Life would be pleased to collect your company's surplus product on a regular basis.
We collect baked goods, fruits and vegetables, prepared foods, meat and dairy. We will provide a reliable pick up service for your donated food. There are no waste management expenses and no pick-up or delivery costs. Products are handled, stored and shipped with care to ensure the integrity and safety of the product.
- Fresh, frozen, prepared and raw foods including meat, produce, dairy, juice and fresh or frozen meals
- Non-perishable foods, canned and/or packaged
- Surplus, close to code, damaged, mislabelled and discontinued products.
Food suppliers are protected by the Good Samaritan law, an Act where donors who give food in good faith are absolved from any liability. Click here to learn more about the Donation of Food Act.
Food safety is a priority at Food for Life Canada. Learn more about our policy and how we adhere to Halton Public Health standards: Food for Life food quality and safety standards policy
Halton Public Health: “Food Safety Guidelines for Food Banks”
Contact us for more information or on how to donate food or funds: Office (905) 510-5724 or Warehouse (905) 635-1106
"Nobody can do everything but everyone can do something"
Food for Life volunteers give more that little something and combined all of you help Food for Life accomplish a little bit of everything. The Food for Life volunteers drive, collect, pack, co-ordinate, weigh, lift, carry, load, deliver, fundraise, network, direct and donate.
We are always looking for individuals who have a heart to help. You can help in a variety of ways:
Cobs Bread/Bakery Volunteers
- Volunteers help with food pick-up once a week
- Volunteers pack unsold bread at Cobs Bread (Lakeshore Rd. & Thomas St. in downtown Oakville or at the new Upper Middle/8th line location)
- Volunteers deliver it to our storage facility located at 111 Prince Charles Drive
The job is completed in approximately an hour from 6:50-7:50 pm Monday through Saturday, 5:50-6:50 pm Sunday at the Lakeshore location and 7:50-8:50 pm Sundays through Saturdays at the 8th Line location.
Volunteers need a car and the current need is for drivers who can take responsibility for one night per week or two nights per month.
Food for Life provides on the job training.
Food for Life needs volunteer drivers for the Food for Life truck, mainly for weekends.
Volunteer drivers pick-up and deliver food to community organizations and needy families, usually about 1,500 pounds per day
If you are interested, you need to provide a drivers' abstract (the cost is reimbursed) and you need to be able to lift and carry cartons of food which occasionally may weigh as much as 60 pounds.
Food for Life needs volunteer drivers for Saturday mornings for 4-5 hours.
Food for Life provides on the job training, accompanying our full-time driver or experienced volunteer.
Volunteer drivers indicate their availability at the start of each month, so you can choose a specific number of hours/days that suits your schedule.
You can also choose to work with a buddy, which makes the work day shorter and more enjoyable.
Volunteer Driver Assistants
- assist with loading and unloading food from vehicle
- assist with packing or re-packing food in containers or bags
- weighing containers of food
- we offer student volunteer credit hours
Special events are an important part of Food for Life - they help raise money and increase our profile in the community. Volunteers are always needed to help with these events, which are usually one-day activities within Halton Region.
If you are interested in helping those in need in our community, please fill in the form: