First time with the Christmas Bureau? To find out what you need to bring click here: https://www.abbotsfordfoodbank.com/need-food/
What is the Christmas Bureau?
Christmas can be a difficult time, especially on a limited income. We are here to help!
The information collected here is to help us plan ahead. Our desire is to create access to food and gifts at Christmas.
The Christmas Bureau has two options for you.
Sponsored by Community
For those sponsored by the community, you will receive groceries, ingredients for a Christmas dinner, and gifts delivered to your door.
A working phone or email MUST be provided to be able to have contact with the sponsor. They will contact you to arrange a CONTACT-LESS drop-off date. If you are not comfortable with a visit from a sponsor, please ask us about options. This year we are asking all sponsors not to enter any home.
Christmas Bureau Toy Room
For those accessing gifts and food through the Christmas Bureau’s toy room, you will have the opportunity to shop for your children (for free!) in our toy room, fully and graciously stocked by our community. Groceries and extra Christmas treats can be accessed at the Food Bank.
You will be given 3 dates.
-1 to access the toy room (location will be provided)
-1 to access groceries at the Food Bank
-1 for January return date (if requesting access to food beyond the Holiday)
What can I expect after I fill out the application?
If you provided us with a valid email address, you will receive an automated email letting you know that we have received your application. If your file has been updated this year, you will be contacted when matched with a sponsor or be given a date to come through the toy room. If you do not receive an automated email, feel free to contact Lala (604-859-5749 ex 24). If your file has been updated this year, you will be contacted when matched with a sponsor.
If you apply in October and haven’t been sponsored by your November hamper appointment you will be given a date to come through our toy room, should the sponsorship match not be made by December.
If you are not registered, or your file has not been updated this year, your application will not be processed. We will let you know if this is the case. Please make an appointment and bring in all necessary information to ensure we process your application. Find out what you need to bring in here. To make an appointment, call reception at 604-859-5749.
Please note that your application will be cross-checked with your Food Bank file. To avoid delays, ensure that you are only adding family members that are currently on your file. Any family members added to your Christmas Bureau application that are not on your Food Bank file, will need to be added with documentation before your application can be processed.