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Food Bank in midst of Thanksgiving Food Drive

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 10:31 PDT, Thu September 24, 2020

The Richmond Food Bank Society BC Thanksgiving Food Drive raises thousands of pounds of food each year. And during these uncertain times, every effort will be made to make the initiative contactless and safe for all while raising enough food for our neighbours in need. 

The 12th annual drive is on through Saturday (Sept. 26), supporting food banks across BC. The goal this year is to raise over 500,000 pounds of food for 50 cities throughout BC in a safe and efficient manner. Due to COVID19, many food banks are struggling to keep their shelves stocked up with food. The food drive will hopefully alleviate the pressure being felt by the food banks as more and more people turn to a food bank for their daily grocery needs. 

“Every year, our community has stepped up during this food drive with generous amounts of quality non-perishable food,” said Richmond Food Bank executive director Hajira Hussain. “We need Richmond to continue to support us now more than ever. With government supports ending later this month we are anticipating an increased need for food assistance and are gearing up to meet the need.”

Last year, Richmond residents donated a total of 11,000 pounds of nonperishable food that kept the shelves well stocked all through the holiday months. Over 1,400 individuals are assisted with perishable and nonperishable grocery assistance every week through the food bank’s grocery distribution, express pick up and home delivery program. 

Richmond residents can expect a brown paper bag at their door step this week. They are encouraged to place their non-perishable food donations in the paper bag and place the bag in front of their main door (visible from the drive way) before 9 a.m. this Saturday. Volunteer drivers will pick up the donations on designated routes and deliver it to the Richmond Food Bank. Individuals can also drop off the food donation bags at the main location on 5800 Cedarbridge Way or in a food bank bin at your nearest grocery store. 

The Richmond Food Bank appreciates all donations of nutritious, unopened, non-perishable food items. Most needed items include rice, pasta, pasta sauce, canned milk, canned protein, canned beans, canned fruits and canned vegetables. Individuals wishing to support us directly through a monetary donation can do so over the phone, by mail or through our online donation form on our website. We are also accepting e-transfers at treasurer@richmondfoodbank.org. The Richmond Food Bank does not solicit cash donations at the door. 

For more information on the food drive, please visit their website www.richmondfoodbank.org or call 604-271-5609.

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