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March 2, 2018

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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!