Here’s how you can provide food assistance to Richmond residents going through financial difficulties:
Monetary donations allow us to buy the food we need as it is needed, and allows us to purchase perishable items such as fruit, vegetables, and milk.
- Cash or Cheque in person at 5800 Cedarbridge Way. You can also mail cheques to 100-5800 Cedarbridge Way, Richmond, BC, V6X 2A7
- Credit card donations online through Canada Helps, on our website form, or over the phone 604-271-5609
We are a registered charity and can provide a tax receipt for $20 or more.
Non-Perishable Food Donations
Please take a look at our Most Needed Items.
Food can be dropped off at 5800 Cedarbridge Way during our non-distribution hours:
- Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays between 9 am and 3 pm
- Wednesdays between 1 pm and 3 pm
- Thursdays between 1 pm and 6 pm
- Saturdays between 10 am and 2 pm
- You can also drop food off at any Richmond Safeway, Save-On Foods, Pricemart, IGA, or any Richmond City Community Centres during their business hours.
Depending on the amount of food, we can potentially pick up your donations. Please Contact Us if you have a significant amount of food and we will make arrangements. Because we need to focus our limited resources on picking up fresh fruits and vegetables and healthy grocery staples, the Richmond Food Bank is unable to pick up sweet and salty products like chips, pop, candies, and cookies.
The Richmond Food Bank is very grateful for your donations that enable us to serve more than 1400 people each week through our grocery distribution and more than 700 people through the food we provide to our community partners. We rely on your support, as we receive no financial support from any level of government.
We can provide charitable tax receipts for food and other products that we need (such as diapers, shampoo, and dental supplies care) that you purchase in a store. We will need the store receipt in order to process the charitable tax receipt.
CRA guidelines restrict our ability to provide a charitable tax receipts for wholesale or in-kind donations. On occasion, we can make an exception for product that we frequently require and if the product has a long shelf life. If you feel that your donation may meet these guidelines, please contact us for confirmation.
Perishable Food Donations
We work hard to provide healthy, nutritionally balanced grocery assistance to the people we serve, and fresh fruits and vegetables are an important part of the grocery assistance we offer. We rely on donations from farmers, non-profits, people, and wholesale companies for the fresh produce we provide.
Here is some information on how you can donate fresh produce to us:
- If you have a small amount of fresh produce that you’d like to donate, please drop off your donation during office hours. Our Contact Us page has details on our office hours.
- If you would like to donate a large amount of fresh produce (more than 3-4 boxes), we can possibly pick up depending on a number of factors. Please Contact Us and we will see if we can pick up your donation.
- If you are a farmer and would like to donate your fresh produce to us, you may be eligible for a charitable tax receipt. Please Contact Us for more information. You may also be eligible for the BC Farmers’ Food Donation Tax credit. Please visit this website or speak to your accountant for more details.
- If your household has fresh produce that you need picked to donate to us, the Richmond Food Security Society has a Fruit Gleaning service. The Richmond Food Security Society can pick your fruit and will donate it to us. Please contact the Richmond Food Security Society for more details on their fruit gleaning service and on how you can access it.
To ensure health and safety, we are unable to accept the following items:
- Pharmaceuticals (prescription or over-the-counter drugs, pain-killers, vitamins, weight-loss products, etc.)
- Homemade items (foods you cooked/prepared at home or anywhere other than a licensed commercial kitchen)
- Expired baby food or formula
- Products containing any amount of alcohol
- Open/used packages of food (where the food product has been exposed to the air)
- Candy (ex: Halloween candy, candy bars)