Food Drives

Thousands of children go to bed hungry

Thousands of working families sacrifice food to make ends meet

Thousands of seniors choose between food and medicine

Join the fight in Sudbury, so none shall go hungry!

Standard Food Stuffs Always Required by Food Banks

How to Hold a Food Drive


• Set a date for the drive.
• Decide on a theme, type of drive and the duration.
• Select dependable drive leaders.
• Confirm dates.

• Set a goal for your drive
• Create a slogan that relates to your company or school.
• Send out the suggested food list provided by the Food Bank.

Put your idea into action:
• Distribute materials
• Put up posters where people can see them.
• Have food barrels, boxes or bags available for donations

• Use your office resources for communication i.e. Email, fax, announcements.

• Hold an event and ask people to bring cans of food.
• Give empty sacks to students or employees to fill up.
• Get your company to match donations.
• Neighborhood food drives.
• Monetary donations are accepted by the Food Bank and charitable receipts can be issued.
• Decorate a giving tree with suggested food and cash donations.
• Raffle or auction.

And please do not forget we are there to help and lend our support and possible resources as available.

Edgar Burton Food Drive and Kids Helping Kids

It all started in 1987 when Edgar Burton's daughters came home from school and asked if they could collect food for the needy.  He was so moved that the VALE veteran began a food drive with his fellow employees that over the years and with more businesses joining in to lend their hands has become the Edgar Burton Food Drive. In 2011 the food drive collected over 87 tons of food, which was delivered to our warehouse for distribution to area food banks. 

Thank you Edgar Burton.

Greater Sudbury Transit Food Drive & Y.I.G.

On Sunday, June 12th, the Greater Sudbury Transit employees will be collecting food at six different Your Independent Grocer locations.  A collection bin will also be on the front of every bus throughout Sudbury Food Bank week. over $8,700 in food and funds was collected in 2011.

Trick or Treat for Hope

The basis of this program is to have Sudbury's youth canvass their local neighborhoods on Halloween Night and collect non-perishable food items instead of the regular "candy haul" that we are all so familiar with as children. Joshua Sklar (Student Pastor) coordinating the event with several Christian youth groups participating..  Youth from ages 11 to 18 participated to make this a smashing success.

Last year they were able to collect 1800 lbs of food.

School Food Drives

Many schools have put their best effort forward in lending a hand to help alleviate hunger in the Greater Sudbury area.

  • St. Charles College
  • Lively District Seconday School
  • Lockerby Composite High School
  • Lo-Ellen Park Secondary School
  • McLeod Public School 
  • St. Benedict's Catholic S S
  • Marymount Academy
  • Valley View Elementary
  • Copper Cliff Public Elementary
  • Carl A. Nesbitt

These educational facilities have on their own accord supported BDSFB and many of its members with valuable food drives and awareness to the community. A huge THANK YOU to everyone that supported the efforts of the students in their goal to help Greater Sudbury's less fortunate.

Downtown Rotary Blues for Food

A day of music, food and fun.  Now in its 22th year, the Blues for Food festival has grown and has now found its new home on Durham Street.   


CBI Physiotherapy

An interoffice food drive that encourages clients and employees to bring in non-perishable food donations.  Also a BBQ and raffle is held with proceeds to support Sudbury Food Bank.

If you or your group have interest in running a food drive please feel free to E-mail or call us at (705)671-9663 and share your ideas.

Sudbury Food Bank Home