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An ongoing series of informational entries

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

IF YOU HAVE SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19, PLEASE DO NOT VISIT THE FOOD BANK

• 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!

Summertime Cram The Cruiser

August 9, 2019

Sergeant Joan Wilson of 2 District York Regional Police, with the help of numerous YRP officers, organized a recent food drive at Sobeys at Bathurst and Rutherford for the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. Food bank manager Lee Reynolds (black print top) personally came to thank officers Nigel Cole, Robert Li and Vince Garisto, who were on hand to accept food donations and sell cupcakes to raise money to help feed hungry families in Richmond Hill and Thornhill. Warehouse manager Bob Ewart brought the food bank van to accept all the donations. We so appreciate the generosity of families, Sobeys management and staff, and York Regional Police, for helping make this summer Cram the Cruiser event a success!