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Thanks Mazda, for 'Giving Where You Live' (and Work)

Nov. 24, 2021

Our friends at Mazda of Richmond Hill were happy to show off their first carload of food donations heading to the Richmond Hill Food Bank warehouse today.

Their ‘Holiday Giving Drive' started on Nov. 4, and they have already filled the trunk of a brand new Mazda3!  The campaign continues right through the holiday season until Dec. 23, so the staff at the dealership on Yonge Street hope to collect another trunkload (or two!) before Christmas.

This generosity from a local business is greatly appreciated by our food bank volunteers, and especially hungry families, who depend on us for support. "Give where you live (and work)!"

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Our food bank is now on Twitter; give us a follow!

Oct. 22, 2021

We’re now on Twitter! Stay up to date on what’s happening at our Richmond Hill Community Food Bank with our new Twitter account!

Follow us at https://twitter.com/RHFoodBank and see what food items we need; upcoming school or church food drives; and which companies and organizations are generously helping feed hungry families in Richmond Hill and Thornhill.

Please give us a follow and reTweet our messages to help us spread the news about “giving where you live”!

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Bingo Fun Helps Our Food Bank

Sept 28, 2021

During August and September, more gaming options became available to patrons of Bingo World and Gaming Richmond Hill. Two bingo sessions Wednesday through Friday were opened during the month of August, and in September, the gaming centre opened seven days a week, and is currently open Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m.; and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Social distancing, contact tracing, masks, and since Sept. 22, proof of vaccination are all requirements for anyone entering the gaming centre.

Why is this important news to share for our Richmond Hill Community Food Bank? Because we are among more than 40 local charities and non-profits which benefit from funds generated at Bingo World.

Go to www.BingoWorld.ca/richmondhill for details, including a special, live Thanksgiving event on Monday, Oct. 11.

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Celebrating our new, larger refrigerated food bank van

July 8, 2021

Richmond Hill MP Majid Jowhari came to the food bank June 30 with a certificate to celebrate our new, larger refrigerated van with our manager, Lee Reynolds, board chair and volunteers.

The number of people accessing the Richmond Hill Food Bank grew over 40% from 2017 to 2019, and Ms Reynolds says the demand continues to grow. “We’ve seen a 15% increase in the number of new clients visiting our food bank over the past year,” she said.

COVID-19 has intensified the food needs of the most vulnerable people, while also having a major impact on the operation of organizations working to improve food security. Ms Reynolds added that, “The demand for perishables has increase dramatically. The refrigerated van will help immensely in addressing a critical need for more perishables.”

On behalf of the Hon. Marie-Claude Bibeau, federal minister of Agriculture and Agri-Foods Canada, MP Jowhari said: “Investments in food health and well-being are essential for a thriving and safe community. Richmond Hill Community Food Bank serves hundreds of families every month with supports from local volunteers, and their efforts are an enormous service to our city. I was delighted to see that they have received the funding under the Local Infrastructure program. With the addition of the refrigerated van, they now have the capacity to serve perishable foods, like fruits and vegetables, to people in need.”

The LFIF program is part of the Government of Canada’s Food Policy which is Canada’s roadmap for a healthier and more sustainable food system in Canada. The LFIF Fund, is a five-year, $50-million program. In addition to the Local Food Infrastructure Fund, the Government of Canada is investing $200 million under the Emergency Food Security Fund, which provides funding to national and regional organizations, who then support food banks and local food organizations across Canada to help reach people experiencing food insecurity.

The LFIF fund supports community-based, not-for-profit organizations to improve their food systems through investments in infrastructure that are directly related to addressing food insecurities and increasing the accessibility of healthy, nutritious, and ideally, local foods within their community.

The Richmond Hill Community Food Bank is a non-government, independently run non-profit agency, founded in 1986, to provide temporary emergency food assistance to those in need.

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Local business supports our food bank; give where you live!

May 26, 2021

Jeff, Chris and Julia, representing Wilson Niblett Motors in Richmond Hill, were proud and excited to present a generous cheque donation to our Richmond Hill Food Bank in May.

Wilson Niblett owner Patrick Priestner believes in giving back to the local community, and encouraged Wilson Niblett staff to nominate and vote on worthy local charities to receive financial support. Our food bank manager, Lee Reynolds, our board members and all our volunteers are thrilled our food bank was one of the selected non-profits and pleased to see Richmond Hill businesses supporting Richmond Hill charities. We love it when people “give where you live”!

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City awards our food bank a Community Recognition Certificate

April 23, 2021

Volunteers with the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank were pleased and proud to be awarded a special Community Recognition Certificate during an April 20 virtual 56th annual Volunteer Achievement Awards. The City of Richmond Hill honoured three groups and seven individuals for helping the community during the challenging circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic.

A collage of photographs (on our Facebook page) shows many of our volunteers in action: warehouse trio Chuck, Rocco and Al, plus another warehouse foursome of Louis, Bob E., Mike and Tom. Working mostly in the storefront are Leslie, Nancy, Becky, Mary and Susan; plus Kathe, Pat, Rocco and Al; and a larger group of Marney, Wayne, Chuck, Dieter, Wendy, Lucy, Frances and Ann. Shown holding the actual certificate (delivered prior to the virtual ceremony) are Pat and Dave while the page in the program shows all the Community Recognition winners.

Two other unsung and mostly unseen volunteers are Demir and Laura, who pre-package client food bags when the food bank is closed (afternoons, nights and weekends). Also not pictured, are key volunteers: Glenna, Liz, George, Vito (who earned his own John Weir Memorial Accessibility Award) and dedicated board chair Fergie and vice chair Judy. And not to forget student volunteer Caleb, Bob S., and father and son Stephan and Noah.

Because of the efforts of all these volunteers, our food bank can serve up to 1,400 hungry people every month, even during a pandemic!

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Food bank now offers home delivery to select clients

March 5, 2021

In the face of the continuing COVID-19 emergency, the manager and board of directors at our Richmond Hill Community Food Bank started up a food home delivery service for eligible clients in February. The first month has been a resounding success.

Eligible clients include existing or new clients in need who:

• are 65 years of age or older, with mobility/transportation issues;

• have a disability or mobility issues that prevent them from coming to the food bank; or

• are a single parent with young children.

As with all our qualifying clients, you must also live in Richmond Hill or Thornhill to be able to use our free home delivery service.

Our food bank has partnered with another York Region transportation agency to offer this service. This new program allows us to reach out to vulnerable individuals and families who need emergency food aid, but have difficulty coming in person to our food bank, especially in the face of heightened worries about the virus.

The photograph shows volunteer driver, Nadine, with our first two deliveries during the first week of February.

To arrange for our free home delivery service, call our manager, Lee Reynolds, to discuss your needs and situation at 905-508-4761.

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Milk purchased with Bingo Gaming funds

Jan. 22, 2021

One of the most appreciated food items for Richmond Hill Food Bank clients is fresh milk, being stocked one day in January into our storefront fridge by volunteer Becky. Our manager Lee Reynolds often sends one of our volunteers to purchase milk from a local grocery store in bags or cartons. Where does the money come from? For much of 2020, funds came from Richmond Hill Bingo World, as our food bank is one of many charities and non-profits receiving a share of proceeds generated by patrons of the bingo hall. Of course, right now Bingo World is closed due to provincial stay-at-home orders, but last fall, when Richmond Hill was under “red control” restrictions, our food bank was still regularly receiving proceeds from cGaming machines. So thanks to bingo hall and gaming patrons, and everyone is looking forward to some future date when COVID-19 is under control and patrons can return to the fun – and helping charities such as our food bank.

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Bingo World Gaming funds help us buy eggs

Nov. 6, 2020

Richmond Hill Bingo World was open under stage 3 for part of October, generating funds for many local non-profits and community organizations, such as our Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. Eggs are key perishable food items that we buy every single week – often with funds from gaming machines through the Richmond Hill Hall Charities Association. Our food bank is very grateful for these funds, allowing us to give high-protein eggs to every individual and family who turns to us for emergency food aid.

Bingo World and Gaming Centre Richmond Hill will be reopening Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020. Doors open at 11 a.m. for TapTix and POD games only. Masks and 6-feet social distancing measures will be mandatory.

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Happy Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

Oct. 11, 2020

Vanessa Ley and Heidi Kreiner-Ley from Jos. Kreiner Real Estate Ltd brokerage in Richmond Hill brought in a carload of frozen meat days before Thanksgiving weekend to distribute to our food bank clients. The very generous donation, purchased at Longo’s, was gratefully received by food bank board member and volunteer Marney Beck Robinson. “We’re wishing all families in Richmond Hill a Thanksgiving filled with gratitude and blessings,” noted Heidi, a sentiment shared by our Richmond Hill Food Bank board members, volunteers and general manager Lee Reynolds, who reminds both donors and clients that the food bank is closed Monday, Oct. 12 for the holiday. You can safely support your local food bank with a financial donation any day of the week by going online to our page on the Canada Helps website and receive an immediate receipt! https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/richmond-hill-community-food-bank/

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Rotarians have successful Bottle & Food Drive

Sept. 30, 2020

Twenty-five volunteers from the Richmond Hill Rotary Club completed their Bottle and Food Drive on Sept 26. The result? Some $1,200 was raised for charities supporting our community, plus 750 pounds of food for the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank was collected. Rotarians Peter Szoke (left) and Hira Joshi are shown handing over the food to manager Lee Reynolds of the food bank. Thank you for caring and sharing!

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Help Support Girl's Rainbow Food Drive

Sept. 12, 2020

An amazing, creative young Richmond Hill student with a generous heart is organizing a “Rainbow Food Drive” for our food bank this month. Jessie, age 9, with help from her mom, Kerry, and dad, Jason, is asking for non-perishable food items to be dropped off at their home, 2 Birchbark Court, any time between Sept. 17 and 24, from the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. You’ll know it’s the right location, as you’ll see the colourful rainbow fence that Jessie painted herself!

“I learned about the urgent need for food during the pandemic, so I want to help,” Jessie wrote in an email to our food bank manager, asking a few questions about what foods we need most. “We have an nearly impossible goal of collecting 1,000 cans and 100 types of food. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me make my food drive possible!”

Our food bank volunteers, in turn, thank Jessie from the bottom of our hearts, for having such a great idea and for wanting to collect food to help feed hungry families!

Birchbark Court runs off Silver Maple Road at Pexton Avenue and is north of Jefferson Sideroad and just west of Yonge Street in north Richmond Hill. Check out Jessie’s Rainbow Food Drive poster and please drop off your donations to make her food drive a big success!

For details, photos and results, check out https://www.facebook.com/RichmondHillFoodBank

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Fantastic Family Volunteers

Aug. 16, 2020

This is the amazing Bourassa family: dad Stephan, wife Cristina, daughter Oceana and son Noah. During the past challenging COVID-19 months, they have made an incredible family effort to support our Richmond Hill Food Bank and keep food flowing into our warehouse. In fact, over the past six months, they are personally responsible for delivering an estimated 100,000 pounds of donated food to our food bank!

At first, Stephan volunteered with other members of Knights of Columbus and his church, Our Lady Queen of the World, to pick up food donations from parishioners. As weeks went on, Stephan realized we had a shortage of volunteers able to drive our food bank van. He began weekly pickups to clear out the Loblaws, Freshco and Sobeys donation bins and haul in heavy groceries to our warehouse, where they were quarantined, then later sorted and packed into bags for our client families. He was often accompanied by his son, daughter or wife.

Through the cold days of spring and the hot, humid days of summer – every single week, whether we were in “stage 1, 2 or 3” – the Bourassa clan has continued to do the grocery store pickups, wearing our green volunteer lanyards and, of course, sporting protective masks and gloves. Our volunteers and board members gratefully salute Stephan and his family for their incredible commitment to our food bank and for ensuring hungry families have food on their tables during the pandemic.

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Closed Canada Day; open through COVID emergency

June 21, 2020

At the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank, our manager Lee Reynolds and Becky, one of our volunteers, know that cherished Canadian traits include helping the less fortunate, welcoming newcomers and promoting locally-grown food. Although we will be closed Wed., July 1 for the Canada Day holiday, these are all things we're trying to do each and every day in the midst of a pandemic! Our doors have been open to serve hungry families throughout the crisis and we continue to provide emergency food aid to individuals and families hit hard by COVID-19. For more on our food bank and how the community is responding, check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/RichmondHillFoodBank/

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Coronavirus update re change in procedures

April 23, 2020


• Please wear a mask or facial covering to protect yourself and others

• Practise social distancing

• Identification and proof of address for all family members is required

• You must live in our Richmond Hill or Thornhill service area

• Bring bags

• Registration will be done one person at a time at the front door

• Pre-packed bags of groceries will be given out at the rear of the building

• Expect longer wait times

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Double protective donations

April 16, 2020

During this time of COVID-19, donors and clients aren’t surprised to see volunteers at our Richmond Hill Food Bank wearing masks and protective face shields. Two organizations have donated face shields to aid in the protection of both volunteers and clients. One is the STEAM Project, run by two local Richmond Hill teachers, who are using Richmond Hill Public Library 3D printers to create face shields for front-line workers. The other is Array Marketing, which retooled during this pandemic to make face shields and retail barriers. Our volunteers offer sincere thanks for these vital and very welcome donations! For more details and photos, check out our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RichmondHillFoodBank/ttps://www.facebook.com/RichmondHillFoodBank

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Knights in Shining Armour & Online Donations

March 30, 2020

They are really our “Knights” in Shining Armour! These Knights of Columbus members, with Our Lady Queen of the World Church, are not just bringing ‘40Cans For Lent’ / Easter donations picked up from church members. Last week they even went to the local Freshco store to pick up the $5 brown bags of customer donations and deliver them our food bank! As with all non-perishable donations in these days of COVID-19, we put all food items in “quarantine” in our warehouse, where they will stay for between 5 and 7 days, before they’re handled and put on our shelves. That’s for the protection of both volunteers and clients. So if you’re wondering what’s the best way to help your local food bank, an online donation that involves no touching or quarantine is the best way! Here’s the direct link from our website page to our Canada Helps page: https://www.canadahelps.org/en/charities/richmond-hill-community-food-bank/

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COVID-19 Health and Safety Notice

March 14, 2020

During the current COVID-19 emergency, the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank will keep its doors open to serve hungry clients and accept donations. However, for the protection of our clients, donors and volunteers, numerous operating procedures will be changed, effective Mon., March 16. Only one client at a time will be allowed inside the food bank’s front door to show ID and be registered. Then basic pre-packaged grocery provisions will be handed out through the back doors. Our manager and board of directors believe that as a basic emergency food service it’s vital to keep our doors open as long as possible. We thank clients and donors, and especially our volunteers, for their patience and understanding.

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April expansion and renovation closure - ON HOLD

March 6, 2020

The food bank will NOT BE closed Wednesday, April 1 through Friday, April 3 for renovations. This planned renovation has been put on hold due to COVID-19. Due to the rising number of clients visiting our 55 Newkirk Rd. storefront each day, our food bank needs more space! At some point this spring, our current space will be undergoing a spring makeover. Thanks to generous community partners such as Donna Shea from Sherwin Williams (shown with manager Lee Reynolds), Lisa Kearney of Lowes Canada and Top Shop Countertops, our intake and waiting area for clients will be slightly enlarged, our registration and office area will be improved, and our current kitchen area will see a transformation. As well, our warehouse space will be enlarged. Stay tuned for “before” and “after” photos.

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Winter carnival committee donates food

Feb. 3, 2020

Again this year, food left over from the 52nd Richmond Hill Winter Carnival was donated to the food bank. Marney Beck Robinson, a volunteer with both the Richmond Hill Winter Carnival Committee and the food bank, brought a carload of food to the warehouse Feb. 3 from the Feb. 1-2 weekend. Manager Lee Reynolds was pleased to receive the juice boxes, milk, cream, pop, water, hamburger buns, butter, sugar, hot chocolate, plus numerous individual maple syrup servings – all surplus after the carnival's pancake breakfast. So again, one community group is helping out another and feeding hungry families!

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Scaring up food at Halloween Haunt for Hunger

Oct. 26, 2019

He’s scary generous again this Halloween. Ken Samells and his sons have created their annual Halloween Haunt for Hunger at their Richmond Hill home, scaring up donations for our Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. He and younger son Matthew posed for photos for Liberal newspaper videographer Justin Greaves, whose photos and video will spread the invitation to a wider audience, that 249 Taylor Mills Dr. South (behind Centennial Pool and near Crosby Heights P.S.) is open now for spooky fun. Residents and visitors of all ages are encouraged to wander through his front-yard display of frightening and animated creatures, colourful light features, and glowing pumpkins any day or evening from now until Halloween. Everyone is encouraged to drop a non-perishable food item or financial donation into collection boxes created by Ken, who will bring all the food and funds to the food bank after the spooky fun. We offer no ‘boos,’ only cheers to Ken and his family for their generosity!

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Food bank named Lowe's hero organization

September 2, 2019

The Maple and Vaughan Lowe’s stores have kicked off their Lowe’s Heroes campaign as of Sept. 1, raising money for the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. From Sept. 1 to 30, customers will be able to make a donation at checkout to support their local Hero organization, and this year volunteers and board members are thrilled that our food bank has been chosen as the non-profit beneficiary! Lowe's Canada will match 50% of all customer donations up to $2,000 per store. Thanks for helping feed hungry families in your community!

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Community Fun Day benefits food bank

July 29, 2019

St. Christopher’s Anglican Church on Crosby Avenue organized a fun way to support our food bank. On July 6 church members held a Community Fun Day to raise funds for the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. There was a large garage sale and additional food tables set out under canopies, with proceeds going to the food bank to help hungry families. Hunger in our community is experienced not just at Easter, Thanksgiving and Christmas, but during summer months, as well. Our board and volunteers appreciate this summertime generosity from St. Christopher’s!