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An ongoing series of informational entries

Summer concerts boost food bank

July 12, 2019

Starting Sunday, July 14, the Richmond Hill Concert Band is presenting a free summer concert series of five different bands from York Region to perform at the Oak Ridges Community Centre terrace (12895 Bayview Ave). Music lovers are encouraged to bring a chair and a non-perishable food item for the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. The performances will take place from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Sundays July 14, 21, 28, Aug 4, and 11; parking is also free. The bands performing are the Aurora Community Band, Richmond Hill Concert Band, the Thornhill Community Band, the Markham Concert Band, and finally the Newmarket Citizens Band. A City of Richmond Hill Cultural Grant is supporting this series, along with generous sponsors. Our Richmond Hill food bank board and volunteers are so pleased organizers are collecting food for hungry families in our community — a sincere thank you!

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Attracting donations at Music Fest

July 10, 2019

At the July 7 Ward 5 Music Fest, student volunteers Joseph and Hanna manned the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank booth, along with board member Marney Beck Robinson. They handed out information brochures, answered a lot of questions about the food bank, but most importantly, collected non-perishable food items from generous families along with cash donations. The event was hosted by Councillor Karen Cilevitz, and featured an Indigenous land acknowledgement, choir performances, many bands and children’s games, including a life-size version of checkers.

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Expressing appreciation to local church

June 16, 2019

On June 15 our food bank manager Lee Reynolds, along with board chair Fergie Reynolds, participated in a Community Guest Day at Richmond Hill Seventh-day Adventist Church. Prior to the worship service, food bank representatives and other guests were invited to speak about how their organizations serve and impact residents of Richmond Hill. As part of their visit, they presented the church, represented by Ritva Croughan and Pastor Todor Levterov (not shown) with a plaque of appreciation for ongoing support of the food bank. Members of the church, located at 210 Elgin Mills Rd. W., have been bringing in non-perishable food items for the food bank for many years, and their long-term commitment to helping hungry families is sincerely appreciated.

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Dodgeball Tourney Spring Food Drive

May 29, 2019

A pleased and proud Sonny Dhillon, (far right in photo), oversees the incredible collection of more than 6,000 pounds of food contributed Friday, May 24 at the Rouge Woods Community Centre charity dodgeball tournament. Sonny is a longtime supporter of both the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank and 360Kids, and the food collected in this spring food drive is very much appreciated by both agencies that serve hungry residents of our community. George Keller (striped shirt), a board member of the food bank, joined with Mayor Dave Barrow and Councillor David West to congratulate and thank the players and their families for their food donations, which filled our food bank van, and was also happily received at 360Kids. Sincere thanks to everyone involved!

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Sobeys is Super!

April 30, 2019

In April, Sobeys store manager James Mercier, from store #794 at 9200 Bathurst St. in Thornhill, presented manager Lee Reynolds with $1,227 worth of gift cards for her to purchase much needed food items for the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. When certain shelves in our warehouse are running low or even sitting empty, having the funds available to shop at Sobeys for specific foods we need for our hungry families in Richmond Hill and Thornhill is vital. And just before Easter, Gus Ucci, store manager of Jefferson Square Sobeys store, along with store staff Brett, Ashley and Daniel, came to the food bank to present our food bank manager with $1,700 worth of Sobey gift cards to purchase needed food items. Our families and volunteers are very grateful to both Sobeys stores for their generous support for hungry families – thanks so much!

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Community Organization of the Year!

April 12, 2019

Thanks to our incredible 60+ volunteers, the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank has been honoured by the City of Richmond Hill as Community Organization of the Year! During the 55th annual awards ceremony April 10 at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, food bank board chair Fergie Reynolds was presented with the award on behalf of all of our dedicated volunteers who serve hungry families. The food bank was nominated by Filomena Smith, who has supported the food bank through her work at RBC and with own longtime volunteerism with Girl Guides of Canada. Holding the actual award are manager Lee Reynolds and Mary MacCon, one of the many longserving volunteers at the food bank. Former regional councillor Vito Spatafora wrote a heartfelt letter to support the food bank’s nomination and is an incoming board member, and Marney Beck Robinson celebrated the award as a volunteer and board member. Both Filomena and Fergie spoke about the work the food bank does and the 1,300 clients served each month in a video shared with the audience, and Councillor Tom Muench presented Fergie with the award on stage.

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It's spring food drive time

April 2, 2019

Whether you celebrate Easter or Passover this month, please spare a thought and a few food items for hungry families in Richmond Hill and Thornhill. Our Richmond Hill Community Food Bank shelves are running low of donations contributed during Christmas, and many food bins in our warehouse are nearly empty. As well as chocolate treats or matzoh bread, here is a list of items that are most needed to serve the 1,200 to 1,300 hungry people who come to our 55 Newkirk Road facility every month: bags of dried rice, canned fruit, pudding or fruit cups for children, peanut butter, jam, canned tomatoes, canned meat or fish, tinned stew, pasta sauce, instant coffee and tea, diapers sizes 4, 5 and 6, toothpaste, toothbrushes and soaps. If your church, synagogue or school is doing a spring food drive, we will be grateful to receive your donations any weekday morning between 9 and 11:30 a.m.

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Food bank wins non-profit award

March 9, 2019

At the March 7 Business Achievement Awards, presented by the Richmond Hill Board of Trade, our Richmond Hill Community Food Bank was honoured with the best non-profit award! Board member Marney Beck Robinson and manager Lee Reynolds accepted the award, presented to a “non-profit or charitable organization which has shown exceptional community service and leadership”. So Lee and Marney salute all our dedicated volunteers who really won this award for the food bank, people who volunteer their time to help clients and do so week after week, year after year, some for 10, 15 and even 20 years! And of course, the real beneficiaries will be the hungry clients who depend on us for emergency food aid. This award will hopefully help spread the word that there are people in our community who are hungry and need our help, 1,300 every single month. So thanks to the board of trade for this honour and spread the word about your local food bank!

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Volunteer groups co-operate

Feb. 4, 2019

One day after the 51st Richmond Hill Winter Carnival, a car full of food donations was driven to the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank, by Marney Beck Robinson, a volunteer with both organizations. Food bank manager Lee Reynolds was very happy to receive the milk, butter, apple cider, two cases of back bacon, hot chocolate, coffee, pop, chips, condiments and buns. Members of the non-profit carnival committee decided this year to provide any left over food to the food bank, so hungry families can make use of the food after carnival fun is over. It’s one volunteer organization helping another; part of what makes our Richmond Hill community special!

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Community responds with generosity

Dec. 28, 2018

If you read the Liberal story about ‘unprecedented demand’ stressing our Richmond Hill Food Bank resources and resulting in empty shelves, we want you to know the community has responded with generosity! Our food bank board vice chair and chair, Judy and Fergie, show off two huge donation bins filled to the brim Dec. 22. Earlier that week one was filled with food donations, and by the end of our special Saturday morning donation drop-off, the second bin was filled, too! The warehouse was also open Dec. 24 from 8:30 a.m. to noon (for donations only; no clients were served). Thanks, Richmond Hill and Thornhill, for caring for your hungry neighbours, and we’ll need your continued support as we deal with ever growing demand in 2019.

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Very Hungry Caterpillar and Very Creative School!

Dec. 19, 2018

Check out Bond Lake Public School’s Very Hungry Caterpillar. This special school in Oak Ridges used this creative display and a December donation campaign for their local food bank as a teaching tool. One of the teachers reported that a team of Intermediate students created the innovative hallway caterpillar collector to encourage students to bring in non-perishable food items, and the older students also went into primary classes to read the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar and talk about poverty in our community. Thanks to the teachers and students of Bond Lake PS for this inventive way to help local families this holiday! And thanks to the 10th annual Music Marathon and New Horizons Band of York Region for musical and tangible contributions to the food bank.

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Enjoy 2 concerts and help feed neighbours!

Dec. 8, 2018

There are two musical benefits happening this month to benefit the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. On Sunday, Dec. 9, it’s the 10th annual Music Marathon Benefit Concert, presented by musician Derek Christie and Councillor Karen Cilevitz. It will run from 1 to 7 p.m. at Divan Restaurant Bar & Lounge, 9218 Yonge Street (southwest corner Yonge/Carrville/16th) in Richmond Hill. The musical event is free to all, but please bring a non-perishable food item (or several!) to place in the food bank bins at the restaurant, or provide a cash or cheque donation. Then on Monday, Dec. 17, New Horizons Band of York Region presents an evening concert at Cosmo Music, 10 Via Renzo Dr. at Leslie Street, Richmond Hill, in their Cosmopolitan Music Hall. The concert runs from 7 to 8:45 p.m., admission is free; please bring a non-perishable food item for the food bank, or a cash donation.

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Connecting with Generosity

Dec. 4, 2018

CONNECTING WITH GENEROSITY: At today’s Connecting the Community meeting at the Richmond Hill Centre for the Performing Arts, a special collection of hygiene items was taken for the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. Board member and volunteer Marney Beck Robinson offered sincere thanks for the soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and feminine hygiene items contributed by members to organizers Marj Andre and Peter Dennis. She told the group that while many supporters contribute food items — which are much needed year round by hungry families in our neighbourhoods — it’s also much appreciated when groups such as Connecting the Community donate hygiene items for families whose budgets are stretched to the limit when trying to put food on their tables.

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Voices of Markham

February 24, 2018

Today the Markham Food Bank benefited from food donations collected at a Voices of Markham speaker event held at Unionville Presbyterian Church. Speakers and guests attending the action and solutions-oriented event were asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Markham Food Bank, which has much in common with the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. (Board member Marney Beck Robinson attended for interest as a representative of the Richmond Hill Food Bank.) Both agencies serve families and individuals in municipalities where the cost of living is high and affordable housing is hard to find. A spokesperson for the Markham Food Bank noted that some 21,000 people in the city are living in poverty and 29 per cent of their clients are new Canadians. Just as is the case in Richmond Hill, clients may only turn to the food bank once per month. Spokesperson Christine Matthews pointed out that the majority of the Markham Food Bank donations come between Thanksgiving and Christmas, so residents of the city and supporters are being encouraged to commit to donate food items or volunteer time once per month, to help keep shelves stocked throughout the year. Other issues explored during Voices of Markham, organized by Robert Vallee, included homelessness prevention, long waiting lists for seniors housing and long-term care beds, the need for foster families for York Children’s Aid Society, the need for volunteer drivers for CHATS and stable funding for vital social service agencies such as Yellow Brick House and Chinese Family Services Ontario.

40 Cans for Lent

February 27, 2018

40 CANS FOR LENT: Families and members of Our Lady Queen of the World Church are participating in a unique Lenten food campaign to benefit the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank and its clients. Families are encouraged to donate one can of food or non-perishable donation for each of the 40 days of Lent. Representatives of Knights of Columbus Council 14411 will bring the collected items to the food bank. “Already by Feb. 26 they brought in 1,200 pounds of food,” reported appreciative food bank manager, Lee Reynolds.

Urgently needed food

March 8, 2018

Urgently needed food: Canned fruit, canned tomatoes, canned beans, dried beans in a bag, tinned stew, canned meat and fish, canned vegetables, peanut butter, jam, instant coffee, tea, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, toilet paper.

When making a donation to the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank, please ensure that the items are within the best before period or have not expired. Thank you for your donation

Birthday Generosity

June 8, 2018

A young local boy turned his tenth birthday into a heartfelt gift for the food bank. Nathan, shown with food bank manager Lee Reynolds, celebrated turning 10 years old last weekend by asking each of his friends to bring $5 instead of buying him a gift. He then decided to donate half of the money contributed to the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. His proud mother reported that only 10 children were invited, but due to their generosity, Nathan donated $85 in total to help feed hungry families. Clients, volunteers and board members of the food bank salute and thank this young philanthropist!

Sweet Raffle Donation

June 19, 2018

Here’s a sweet story about a chocolate raffle donation to the food bank. Pardis Nejatbakhsh, who works in Richmond Hill, recently organized a small raffle to benefit the Richmond Hill food bank, by creating this chocolate tree, made from donated treats from a Lindt chocolate representative. The tree featured 120 Lindt chocolates, and customers paid for raffle tickets to try to win the entire edible creation. A total of $80 was raised and donated to the food bank and the pleased winner said she’d never won anything from a raffle in her life. But of course, the real winners are hungry families supported in our local community — so thank you to Pardis Najatbakhsh!

Thanks Richmond Hill!

July 2, 2018

THANKS RICHMOND HILL! Volunteers with the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank were at Richmond Green yesterday for hot and steamy Canada Day celebrations, greeting supporters and accepting non-perishable food items and cash donations. Your generous support will help replenish food bank shelves this summer — thanks, Richmond Hill!

Generous Donation Helps Pet Families

July 27, 2018

It’s heartbreaking to think of parents not being able to adequately feed their children, but what about pet ‘parents’? Clients, both single and in families, are often very grateful to find pet food available on our food bank shelves for their four-legged friends. Now thanks to a generous donation from Markham’s Cachet Village Animal Hospital, there’s a good supply of cat and dog food in our warehouse. Numerous cases of Farmina Pet Foods were delivered this week by Linda LePage, hospital manager, and happily accepted by warehouse helper Bob Ewart. “We hope the donation helps,” Linda said, noting it comes from Dr. DeRose and all the staff at the animal hospital. On behalf of clients and their pets, we offer tail-wagging and purring thanks!

Hunger Doesn't Take a Vacation

August 7, 2018

Many of us may be enjoying a vacation this summer, but hunger doesn’t take a vacation. This week our Richmond Hill Community Food Bank volunteers are concerned that some shelves are looking a little bare, such as the shelf for peanut butter, the shelf below for canned fruit, and especially the shelf for pudding cups and fruit cups for children. And there’s a very small supply of women’s hygiene items right now. Too often female clients have to decide whether to take toothpaste, soap or menstrual supplies, as there's not enough to provide all three to each family. Please consider these most-needed items when you support your local food bank, and remember that food donations are especially welcome in the summertime!

Shred Your Documents Event

August 30, 2018

Mark Saturday, Sept. 29 on your calendar for the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank’s charity document shredding event. From 10 a.m. to noon at the food bank, 55 Newkirk Rd., north of Centre Street East, bring your sensitive, private or corporate documents for safe and secure on-site shredding. Papersavers Shredding Services will shred your documents for $5 per banker’s box, with all proceeds going to the food bank. Making it more convenient, you don’t even need to remove staples, paper clips or plastic bindings! Clear out your basements, home offices and storage cabinets of all those documents you’ve been storing and ensure they are recycled safely and securely, while helping your local food bank.

Back to School Generosity

August 30, 2018

Katrina Storr-Stronach, senior human resources manager of Rust-Oleum Canada in Concord, and her team, donated 40 knapsacks with school supplies inside to the Richmond Hill food bank this week. This generous donation comes just in time for a new school year, to help children of needy families in our community. Thanks so much!

Shredding Day at the Food Bank - it's a Fundraiser!

Saturday, September 29, 2018 - 10:00am to 12:00pm

August 30, 2018

Bring your sensitive and protected documents for safe and secure on-site shredding. The Richmond Hill Food Bank has engaged Papersaves Shredding Services to be on site at the Food Bank. $5 to shred on banker's box of documents!! No need to remove staples, paper clips or plastic bindings.

All proceeds going to our community food bank!

Please consider bringing some non-perishable food items!!


September 30 2018

August 30, 2018

It was a win-win shredding event Saturday at the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. Not only did many local residents have boxes and piles of documents safely shredded and disposed of by Papersavers Shredding Services, but the food bank raised $795 in the process! For a first-ever event presented by the food bank, it was a great success, and many of those who came out suggested the food bank should do more such shredding fundraisers. So stay tuned for the next one and thanks to everyone who came out Saturday morning to help hungry families.

Thank you State Farm and Cobs Bread

October 5 2018

August 30, 2018

What a great way to start the Thanksgiving weekend! Dan Vacca and his wife Dina, agent and owner of State Farm in Thornhill, brought a truckload of food donations to the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank this week! The company had a food drive and collected much-needed peanut butter, soups, beans and hygiene items. Food bank manager Lee Reynolds and Dan held a large, tangible sign saying ‘thank you’, on behalf of hungry families in Richmond Hill and Thornhill! Volunteers and board members also give thanks to Rae and sister Ronnie, from Cobs Bread, who have donated bread and baked goods to the food bank every week from the Hillcrest Mall Farmers Market.

Thank you Cosmo and Rose!

October 7 2018

August 30, 2018

Cosmo and Rose are the picture of generosity! They donate fresh vegetables and produce from the Hillcrest Mall Farmers Market every Sunday and Wednesday to the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank – from May until the end of October! The food bank board of directors, manager Lee Reynolds and most of all, the 1,000 clients they help feed, say a huge Thanksgiving thank you to Cosmo and Rose!

Thank you Sobeys!

October 7 2018

August 30, 2018

Staff at Sobeys Rutherford launched a food drive for the Richmond Hill food bank and are continuing to sell donation bags to customers for the food bank until the end of the year. Manager James Mercier and assistant manager Andrew McFaddyen, with assistance from York Region Police and Sobeys staff, transfer donated food from the overflowing food bank bin into a van for transportation to our Newkirk Road facility. Clients and volunteers appreciate this generosity at this time of Thanksgiving!

Hairstyles help hungry

October 21 2018

August 30, 2018

A community-minded hairstylist in Richmond Hill is encouraging customers to support the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. Between Oct. 17 and Dec. 19, Fanny K. Salon at 8763 Bayview Avenue is asking all customers to bring in a non-perishable food item to aid hungry families this fall. Food bank board members, volunteers and grateful clients salute and thank Fanny and her salon for this fall food drive!

Thank you Holy Trinity School

October 21 2018

August 30, 2018

Holy Trinity School is one of the most enthusiastic and long-standing school supporters of the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank. Again this year the school is providing food donations, thanks to an active school club called Help the Society. We thank Lauren and Victor for delivering a truckload of food donations from the school to our warehouse, and on behalf of hungry families in Richmond Hill and Thornhill, give a big shout-out to all the generous students at Holy Trinity!

Halloween Haunt For Hunger

October 30, 2018

August 30, 2018

Every year Ken Samells presents a fun Halloween display on his front lawn, but also makes it his family's way of helping their community. He encourages Richmond Hill neighbours and Halloween visitors to bring a food item or monetary donation for our Richmond Hill Community Food Bank - Thanks Ken, for helping make your community a better place! Read the full article on YorkRegion.com.

Halloween Haul

November 5, 2018

August 30, 2018

We’re not scared to show off all the food contributed to the annual Halloween Haunt For Hunger. Generous and creative Ken Samells (at right) brought bins full of food donations to the food bank this week, contributed by neighbours and visitors to his Taylor Mills Drive South home display for Halloween. Our volunteers and board members are SO appreciative of the efforts of Ken and his family to bring awareness and tangible food aid to hungry families in Richmond Hill.

Class act and fond farewell

December 1, 2018

August 30, 2018

On his last day in office, outgoing Regional Councillor Vito Spatafora (right) dropped by the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank Nov. 30 to provide a personal donation to board chair Fergie Reynolds. Fergie let Vito know that our food bank is experiencing a large spike in the number of people turning to our emergency food aid; in October alone there were 52 new families who needed our help and we served almost 1,200 individuals. And from his Region of York perspective, Vito reminded us that there are more refugee families and working poor in our community; with 16% of York Region’s population considered low income and one in six people using the food bank being the working poor. As he says farewell to his political role in York and Richmond Hill, the food bank board, volunteers and clients say a grateful thanks for all he’s done for our non-profit agency over many years.

Holiday Hours

December, 2018

August 30, 2018

Monday, Dec. 24 - Open for deliveries ONLY 8:30am-noon

Monday, December 24 CLOSED



THURSDAY, December 27 OPEN 9 - 11:30 am

FRIDAY, December 28 OPEN 9 - 11:30 am

MONDAY, December 31 CLOSED 



THURSDAY, January 3 OPEN 9 - 11:30 am

FRIDAY, January 4 OPEN  9 - 11:30 am

Generosity in Action

Dec. 3, 2018

August 30, 2018

This past weekend, Jefferson Square Sobeys in Richmond Hill partnered with Aurora OPP Auxiliary officers to raise money and collect food donations for the Richmond Hill Food Bank. Food Bank volunteers Ann and Mary joined with officers from the Aurora OPP Auxiliary in a Stuff the Cruiser event, raising $657 in cash donations and selling 140 donation bags of needed food items purchased by shoppers for $10 each. The resulting bags of groceries filled the food bank truck to the brim, and generous management at Sobeys plans to match the funds donated. Sobeys efforts are so sincerely appreciated by the food bank board, volunteers and most of all, hungry families in Richmond Hill and Thornhill!