West Richmond Express Food Hub Open – Monday, August 10, 2020
By Stephanie Shulhan in Press Releases on August 5, 2020
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 5, 2020 – Richmond BC: In order to better serve our clients living in the West Richmond area, the Richmond Food Bank Society will open a West Richmond “Express” Food Hub (aka depot) near Hugh Boyd Secondary School, in the parking lot off of Francis Road. This depot will open on Monday August 10th, 2020, and will operate every Monday (except for stat holidays) from 3:30pm – 5pm. Drive-through grocery assistance is available, and walk-ins (clients on foot) are welcome as well. The depot will operate with a focus on the health and safety of our clients and volunteers, amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the opening of the West Richmond depot, clients will now have the option to pick up from this location (only at the day and time specified) as an alternative to picking up their hamper from the main Cedarbridge Way location. As usual, clients can pick up food once per week (per household). The grocery distribution program at #100 – 5800 Cedarbridge Way continues to operate five days a week: Mondays through Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10am – 3pm. There is also a depot located in East Richmond at Peace Mennonite Church, which operates on Tuesdays from 3:30 – 5pm.
In keeping with the public health directives on maintaining safe physical distancing and minimizing contact, clients will be served outdoors, one-by-one. Our usual choice model (in which clients choose their own groceries) has been 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 West Richmond depot are encouraged to arrive no earlier than 3:30pm, and to drop in any time between 3:30pm and 5pm. The 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 West 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, chunky soup, 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.
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 rely on the generous donation of individuals, community organizations and businesses in order to serve the community. We also gratefully receive grants for some of our programs. The West Richmond depot, as a “Local Love Food Hub,” is made possible in part by a grant from the government of Canada and the United Way of the Lower Mainland.
Hajira Hussain-Executive Director
Richmond Food Bank Society