Procedure for Collecting Food Door to Door

Volunteers are given the Paper Food Bags to drop off bags at each home in a selected area during the day on a Tuesday, usually no later than 6:00 or 7:00 that evening. The paper bag explains that the volunteers will pick up the filled paper bag sometime after 9:00 AM on the following Saturday morning. These collected bags are taken to the cultural hall of the local church where the bags are emptied, sorted into boxes or containers to be quickly shipped over to the local Food Bank.

The posters are used throughout the community to ensure that everyone is aware of the weeks food drive. They are also distributed into businesses and grocery stores.

The Paper Bags and Posters are ordered as needed by each District throughout B.C. Their orders are emailed on the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive order form by June 15, to


Some 6000 of our volunteers will visit BC neighbourhoods this fall. Our local events will run in various communities in the week leading up to collection day…

Want to be a collection volunteer?

For those in the Vancouver area (Burnaby, Coquitlam, New Westminster, North Vancouver, Sechelt, Squamish, Vancouver, West Vancouver)… If you are interested in helping out your can also visit allows you to search for volunteer opportunities in your area, where you can also sign up to help with the BC Thanksgiving Food Drive.

Can you donate even if you do not receive a donation bag at your home?

Yes you can.

This years BC Thanksgiving Food Drive is on Saturday, September 23.

If you do not receive a donation Food Bag this year at your address, and you would like to contribute non-perishable food items, please drop off your donation to your nearest Save-On-Foods store, other grocery stores or directly to the local Food Bank in your area.