Most Needed Items

Most Needed Items

By Keith Yee in Donation on April 6, 2018

Monetary donations allow us to purchase foods and resources that are needed the most.  This can include fresh foods like fruits, vegetables and milk.  For every $1 donated, we can give out about $6 worth of food (based on 2019 data).  Donations of $20 or more are eligible for a tax receipt.

You can donate online securely through our Canada Helps page, over the phone (604-271-5609) with a credit card, through the mail with a cheque payable to “Richmond Food Bank Society ” or in person at our main office (100-5800 Cedarbridge Way, Richmond BC, V6X 2A7).

In a typical week, your donations help us serve more than 1400 people through our grocery distributions and an additional 800 people through our school meals and community partners programs.

Here are some of our most needed items: (Click here to download our Most Needed Items poster)

  • Peanut Butter
  • Soup (Chunky Soup, Cream of Mushroom, Cream of Celery, Chicken Noodle, etc.)
  • Canned meat and fish
  • Rice, pasta
  • Cereal
  • Baby food and formula (non-expired)
  • Unopened toiletries and Personal Hygiene items – toilet tissue, shampoo, soap, toothbrushes, toothpaste, feminine hygiene products
  • Canned Milk
  • Canned vegetables, tomato sauce, and fruits

To ensure health and safety, we are unable to accept the following items:

  • Energy Drinks and Soda (Pop)
  • Pharmaceuticals (prescription or over-the-counter drugs, pain-killers, vitamins, health supplements, weight-loss products, etc.)
  • Homemade items (foods cooked/prepared at home or anywhere other than a licensed commercial kitchen)
  • Expired baby food or formula
  • Products containing any amount of alcohol (including de-alcoholized beer and beverages)
  • Cigarettes or smoking/vaping products
  • Bulging (puffy) or corroded/discoloured canned foods
  • Open/used packages of food (where the food product has been exposed to the air)

Also, we do not distribute foods that are more than a year past the best before date. When donating items (even if they are shelf-stable), please try to donate only good-quality items that are not more than a year past the best before date. We will recycle/compost or otherwise discard donated items that we cannot safely distribute. Please help us keep our unnecessary waste disposal to a minimum.

You can visit this page for more information on donating food.

About the author

Keith Yee

Keith Yee is the Richmond Food Bank's General Manager.