Daniels Rd Depot Re-Opened with Modifications
By Stephanie Shulhan in Press Releases on May 29, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 29, 2020 – Richmond BC: In order to better serve our clients living in the East Richmond area, the Richmond Food Bank Society will re-open the Daniels Road Depot at Peace Mennonite Church (11571 Daniels Road), effective Tuesday June 9, 2020 – from 3:30pm – 5pm. The reopening will occur with major modifications to protect the health and safety of our clients and volunteers, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the re-opening of the Daniels Rd Depot at Peace Mennonite Church, clients will now have the option to pick up from either the Peace Mennonite Church depot location on Tuesday between 3:30pm and 5pm, OR the main site at #100 5800 Cedarbridge Way during its regular grocery distribution hours, whichever location is closer and suits clients’ preferences. As usual, clients can pick up food once per week (per household). The grocery distribution program at 5800 Cedarbridge Way continues to operate five days a week-Mondays through Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm.
In keeping with the public health directives on maintaining safe physical distancing and minimizing contact, clients will not be entering the building, and will be served one at a time at the door. Our usual choice model (in which clients choose their own groceries) is suspended out of necessity, as part of the COVID-19 response. Unfortunately, no substitutions/swaps may be made; all hampers are standardized.
There will NOT be a random number draw (as was done in the past) to determine the order in which clients are served. Instead, clients choosing to come to the church depot are encouraged to arrive no earlier than 3:30pm, and to drop in any time between 3:30pm and 5pm. The church depot will close at 5pm sharp.
“We would like to alleviate the increasingly long line-ups during our regular grocery distribution at the Cedarbridge way location. It will also allow us to reach out to the people in the East Richmond area who are in need of food assistance but are unable to come to our main location or take advantage of our home delivery service” says Hajira Hussain-Executive Director of the Richmond Food Bank Society.
To help us meet the increasing demand for food bank services, we are asking our generous community to support us with:
Monetary Donations: We appreciate donations of funds especially during these difficult times. We are anticipating an increased need as more and more people have either had their work hours cut back or have lost their jobs entirely. Monetary donations are extremely helpful as they allow us to purchase specific items that the Richmond community needs most. We can provide a tax receipt for donations over $20. http://richmondfoodbank.org/donate/
Food Donations: The Richmond Food Bank appreciates all donations of nutritious, unopened, non-perishable food items. Most needed items include rice, pasta, pasta sauce, canned milk, canned fruits and vegetables, and canned beans. Food donations can be dropped off at the main location or in the food bank bin at your local grocery store.
Volunteering: We appreciate volunteer applications from healthy and willing individuals (who have not traveled recently) with a little bit of extra time to help pack grocery hampers and sort food. All volunteers will be provided with disposable gloves. We have daily janitorial staff, plus protocols for workers to keep work spaces clean. http://richmondfoodbank.org/volunteer/
About the Richmond Food Bank Society: The Richmond Food Bank Society provides food assistance, advocacy and related support to community members in need. As a registered charity and a non-government organization, we are not government-funded, and rely on the generous donation of individuals, community organizations and businesses.
Hajira Hussain-Executive Director
Richmond Food Bank Society