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The Richmond Food Bank is available to help Richmond residents who are experiencing financial difficulties.  We work on the honor system, without an income or means test.  The food we offer has been purchased and donated by the community to help people in need.

You can collect groceries once a week from any of the six distributions.

Distribution times and locations are:

Food choices and amounts are generally the same for all locations.

To collect food you need:

  • ID for everyone in your household who needs food.  This can be a driver’s license, BCID, passport, Care Card, or Birth Certificate
  • Proof that you live in Richmond, such as a recently dated piece of mail, letter from a community or governmental agency, or rental receipt.  You must bring your proof of address every time you pick up food
  • Your own grocery bags

When you arrive, you will likely need to wait in line.  Here is what we expect of people while waiting in line:



Every grocery distribution operates based on the choice model, meaning that you choose foods from a variety of categories including:

  • fresh fruits and vegetables
  • protein items, such as canned fish or meats, legumes
  • pasta/rice/noodles
  • tinned/canned meals
  • bread, offered by local grocery stores
  • dairy items, including liquid milk for families with children under the age of 18, and canned, powdered, or liquid milk for everyone else
  • condiments and baking supplies
  • drinks, such as coffee and tea
  • pastries, donated by local grocery stores and cafes
  • boutique, including soap, shampoo, toilet paper, and similar items
  • baby items, including diapers, formula, and food for babies under the age of 2 and diapers/pullups and food for children under the age of three

If you’re curious about what Best Before and Expiry dates mean, and our policies around them, please read this post or Contact Us.

We also have a perishable grocery distribution that is held on Mondays and Fridays (except on stat holidays), from 11am – 1pm, only at #100 5800 Cedarbridge Way. Only produce (vegetables, fruits), some baked goods, and / or certain other perishable grocery items (depending on availability) can be picked up at those times – no canned items, baby items, or other items are offered. Please read about how you can visit the perishable grocery distribution here.