Gearing up for the holiday season: a few ways to support Canadians in need

The holiday season is the quintessential time to think about ways to spread good cheer and help put food on the tables of those in need.  Supporting food banking is the perfect way to participate in the spirit of the season.  Here are some ways you can incorporate helping Canadians in need into your annual holiday traditions.

Raise Food
At your next holiday gathering with friends, family, or coworkers, consider asking them to bring a donation for your local food bank. It will add a charitable element to the festivities which will warm your guests’ hearts.

See what items are most needed and find the address of your local food bank to drop off the donation on our Support Your Local Food Bank page. To make things easy, Loblaw Companies stores are hosting their biannual food drive between December8th and the 29th.  Visit your local Loblaw banner store to make a donation of food or funds to support your local community.

Raise Money

Consider organizing a holiday-themed fundraiser.  People love enjoying holiday themed goodies or purchasing unique, one-of-a-kind handmade gifts, so you can organize a bake sale or craft sale to get others involved during the season of giving.

Consider hosting a holiday dinner for your friends and family or lunch with your coworkers and asking them to make a donation to support their local food bank.

Family Outing

One of the ways to raise awareness, food and funds for food banking is the annual CP Holiday Train. The 19th Annual CP Holiday Train will be travelling through Canada and the U.S.  Gather your family and friends and plan to bring a healthy food donation or your loose change to the event.   Check out the Holiday Train schedule and take the opportunity to enjoy the festive atmosphere and entertainment.


We know that this is a busy time of year, so a great way to extend your holiday season is to organize a group sort after the hustle and bustle has died down.  Local food banks will have their hands full sorting through all the donations collected during holiday food drives.  A group sort is a great way to spend time with your friends and family and at the same time give back to your community.  To find out more about volunteer opportunities in your area, contact your local food bank.

A Yummy Way to Support

Egg Farmers of Canada is proud to be celebrating more than two decades of supporting food banking across the country, by contributing millions of eggs each year.

This holiday share your favourite recipes using #recipesthatgive, and be sure to visit here for many egg inspired recipes that you can make at home this holiday season.  

You can also view our feature video that demonstrates how Egg Farmers of Canada and Food Banks Canada celebrate the generous volunteers who devote their time to helping build stronger communities across the country.   

Gifts that Give Back

Planning to get a beverage at Second Cup? Look for the life size Holiday Cup! For every social share of through the augmented reality coffee cup in store, $1 will be donated to Food Banks Canada, up to a maximum of $25,000. Visit your local Second Cup store to learn more on how to share your drink and support Canadians who are experiencing hunger.