What is a Food Sort?



Common Questions


What does a food sort consist of?

Food for Life focuses on fresh, perishable food so food sorts typically focus on taking larger bulk food and sorting it into smaller sized packages that our drivers can deliver to more than 80 agencies and Food for Life programs in Halton and beyond.   Huge sacks of potatoes, bins of carrots, sorting onions could all be possibilities.

How long is a food sort?

Typically food sorts run in 2-3 hour sessions.  We can also do 1/2, full and multi-day events.  If you have the will then we will find a way!

How many people can you accommodate?

Big team, small team, just right sized?  We can serve them all with space to hold up to 60 people comfortably.

Is there a cost?

We value the time, talent and treasure of all our supporters and recognize that each group has varying capacities to provide.  As there are direct costs with organizing a sort such as staff time and supplies we ask that groups do consider making a donation. 

Typically a minimum donation of $500 covers a group of up to 10 people, some larger groups donate up to $10,000.  Every dollar donated helps provide the equivalent of 3 meals to a person in need.



If you are a United Way Day of Caring member please connect with your United Way representative to coordinate your Food Sort.


Where do we go?

Food sorts are held at the Food for Life pilot location 3057 Mainway, Burlington, ON L7M 1A1

Can you help with my event planning?

Yes, we can!  We would be happy to provide a full-service event experience from t-shirts, food and audiovisual we are here to help.  With the right amount of time, we can pretty much help you with whatever you may need.


What do I wear to a food sort?

Comfy clothes are the best and ones that you don't mind potentially getting dirty, those potatoes are the worst culprits!



For your personal safety running shoes or similar footwear must be worn.  No high heels, or flip-flop style shoes.



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