About Us

The Richmond Food Bank is a dynamic hub that connects people, food, and services that are essential to health and well-being – the hallmark of a caring community. The Richmond Food Bank gives healthy and nutritionally-balanced food to more than 1400 people in a typical week, providing Richmond residents with healthy food choices and connecting our clients to services that address the root causes of poverty.

About Us

 

 Our Mission

To be a caring organization that provides food assistance, advocacy, and related support for community members in need

Our Vision

A caring community where no one goes hungry

Our History

Founded on 6 March 1983 by the congregations of St. Alban Anglican Church and Richmond Presbyterian, the Richmond Food Bank has continuously provided nutritious food for our neighbours in need.  Twenty families were served on that first day.

Today, the Richmond Food Bank serves over 2200 people on average every week.  We provide nutritious grocery assistance through our grocery distributions, grocery parcels delivery service, breakfast and lunch programs in seven Richmond schools, and by supplying community partners with food for their programs.

We have moved around Richmond- including our first location in Howard De Beck School, the Public Works Yard on Lynas Lane, two locations in Steveston, and finally in our present location in Richmond City Centre (100-5800 Cedarbridge Way).  Every move has been made without missing a single distribution day thanks to the hard work of our volunteers and the support of local businesses and organizations.

The Richmond Food Bank receives no government support; we rely entirely on our community donating food, money, and time to help our neighbours in need. We are a registered charity with a volunteer board of directors.

The Richmond Food Bank is a member of Food Banks BC and Food Banks Canada.  We also hold membership  with many community organizations including the Richmond Poverty Response Committee, Volunteer Richmond Information Services, Vantage Point, Volunteer Canada, the Richmond Chamber of Commerce, and the Richmond Community Services Advisory Committee.

Food Bank Facts

  • For every $1 we spend, we collect and distribute over $6 worth of food
  • We distribute food five days each week- Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays
  • We provide grocery distributions in four locations
  • We have provided weekly grocery service to Richmond since 1983
  • We serve over 2200 people and give out 20 000 lbs of food every week
  • 55% of our clients are temporary users, most of whom are suffering through a crisis
  • 32% of our clients are children
  • 30% could be self-sufficient, but have cost of living concerns
  • 15% are long-term users with multiple barriers to employment, including chronic illness, mental health problems, or disabilities
  • 230 people volunteer every week; in addition, many groups volunteer with us on a weekly, monthly, or yearly basis

Board of Directors

Jeff Smulders
President
Lola Merenda
Vice-President
Carol Yan Lau
Treasurer
Rani Wangsawidjaya
Secretary
Mamie Cathcart
Director
Mary Francis
Director
Michelle Hui
Director
Steve Miller
Director
Ed Montague
Director
Heath Newman
Director
Richard Rand
Director

Jeff Smulders

President

Bio coming soon.

Lola Merenda

Vice-President

Bio coming soon.

Carol Yan Lau

Treasurer

Bio coming soon.

Rani Wangsawidjaya

Secretary

Bio coming soon.

Mamie Cathcart

Director

Bio coming soon.

Mary Francis

Director

Bio coming soon.

Michelle Hui

Director

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Steve Miller

Director

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Ed Montague

Director

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Heath Newman

Director

Bio coming soon.

Richard Rand

Director

Bio coming soon.