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An ongoing series of informational entries

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.

An ongoing series of informational entries

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.

An ongoing series of informational entries

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!