Founded in Burlington, Ontario in 2005, The Gift of Giving Back is now the largest food drive of its kind in Canada that supports, educates and empowers thousands of young hockey athletes, baseball athletes and high school students to compassionately give back to their community. Summer and late Fall annual initiatives are launched to Help our Kids Feed Kids in their community.

Originally launched by the Burlington Eagles, the campaign has grown to include more than 85 male and female youth hockey teams from: The Burlington Girls Hockey Club (Barracudas), Burlington Cougars and the Burlington Eagles. In 2017 we are pleased to announce that baseball teams from BOMBA have joined us in our cause. Together with their parents and community leaders, this translates to more than 3,500 volunteers who make this all possible.

The 2017 Gift of Giving Back is pleased to have Burlington Mall back as their lead sponsor and welcome back the following food agency beneficiaries and partners: the Salvation Army Food Bank, Burlington Food bank , The Carpenter Hospice, The Compassion Society, Halton Women's Place and Food for Life.

Inspiring youth across Ontario, the food drive is now active in Oakville and Brampton.

Gift of Giving Back 2016

The Gift of Giving Back is overwhelmed by the generosity of our community, this season more than ever. We have accomplished something amazing and it will positively impact many deserving families. Last year we were more than happy to announce that we collected 301,480 lbs of food for Burlington food charities.

This year, we are very excited to announce that we increased our collection by an amazing 61% and were able to collect 489,191 lbs. which is the equivalent of $1,222,977 dollars’ worth of food.

It takes a whole community to make this happen and we are appreciative of everyone that lent us a hand. The hockey families and the kids are the backbone of the entire food drive and work really hard from September, right through to the last minute of the collection event nights.

We also have contributors that never fail to come back year after year; like our lead sponsor Burlington Mall, Denbok Landscaping, Matrix Scales and CS-1 Transport, as well as new people that just show-up to give us a hand like the team from A1 Security Systems.

Volunteers from our beneficiaries know what it takes to execute an event of this magnitude as they contribute many volunteer hours to help make it happen

We can’t hold a food drive without a venue and M.M. Robinson faculty and students were the perfect hosts, lending many volunteers throughout the event.

So on behalf of the Gift of Giving Back, and our member agencies: The Salvation Army, Burlington Food Bank, Food for Life, Halton Woman’s Place, The Carpenter Hospice and The Compassion Society, we would like to sincerely thank all our supporters for a fantastic season.


  • Burlington's 12th Annual Gift of Giving Back Food Drive

    November 1st and 2nd, 2017

    M. M. Robinson High School


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