What is the Christmas Bureau?

Christmas can be a difficult time, especially on a limited income. Once approved for the Christmas Bureau, you will be either sponsored by the community or the Christmas Bureau. For those sponsored out to the community, you can expect to receive your food hamper, ingredients for a Christmas dinner and gifts delivered to your door by a sponsor. For this you will NEED to be available by phone or email for the sponsor to clarify food and gift suggestions for your family and set up a delivery date or we will not be able to sponsor you out. If you receive help through the Christmas Bureau you will have the opportunity to shop for your children in the toy room that is graciously stocked by our community, receive a regular food hamper, and some extra Christmas goodies.

What can I expect after I fill out the application?

Please note: Filling out the application DOES NOT automatically qualify you for the Christmas Bureau.

**Please ensure you are ONLY adding dependent children who are on your food bank file. Any partner/spouse or children added to your Christmas form who are not on your Food Bank file will need to be added with proofs BEFORE your Christmas form is processed.


  • A staff member will contact you if you need to update your food bank file or if you need to financially qualify (First time? Find out what you need to qualify click: here)
  • If you are updated you will be contacted when matched or with a Christmas Bureau toy room date.

Please call the Abbotsford Christmas Bureau if you have any questions or concerns.

Call Lala at 604-859-5749 ex 24 or Laura at ex 32

Christmas Bureau applications are no longer available online. Please come into the Abbotsford Food Bank to apply in person.


I understand that the Christmas Bureau has the right to refuse any application and that my name WILL BE cross checked with churches and other agencies providing Christmas hampers.