How You Can Help- Donate Non-Perishable Food

Your non-perishable food donations go to help single parents, the elderly, people who have lost their jobs, and homeless people- our neighbours in need.

Most Needed ItemsHere’s how you can donate food:

        • Food can be dropped off at 5800 Cedarbridge Way during our non-distribution hours:
            • Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays between 9 am at 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.

The Richmond Food Bank is delighted to provide a charitable tax receipt for monetary donations of $20 or more.

We can also 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.

Thank you very much for your support of our neighbours in need.  We do not solicit door to door or by telephone.

We emphasize healthy and nutritious food choices, including fresh produce
We emphasize healthy and nutritious food choices, including fresh produce

The Richmond Food Bank encourages everyone to think about nutrition and health when you donate. Choose non-perishable foods that are fresh (not old) and nutritious foods that will help people with health problems. Please see our Most Needed Items for our current needs.

Our most needed items
Our most needed items

If you are planning a food drive, we can provide cash tins, boxes, and posters.  Depending on the event details, we may be able to pick up the donations.  Please contact us for more details.

Monetary donations allow us to buy food as needed, including perishable items including vegetables and milk.  For every $1 of money spent, we collect and distribute $6 worth of food.  We are a registered charity, and can provide a tax receipt for $20 or more.  To learn more about donating money, please visit this page or Donate Now.

Interested in donating food but concerned about liability risks?  You are protected by provincial legislation. Please see the BC Food Donor Encouragement Act.  In light of this provincial legislation that protects food donors from liability, the Richmond Food Bank Society does not offer indemnity agreements to donors as a condition for accepting food donations.

Unsure of what Best Before and Expiry Dates mean?  Best before dates are only required on products with a shelf life of less than 90 days, although they are frequently used on products with long shelf lives (like canned goods).  Best Before dates are marked with the words “Best Before” or “B.B./M.A.”  Expiry dates are found on products where the nutritional ingredients need to be stable (like baby formula and nutritional supplements).  These foods are clearly marked with “EXP” or “Expiry.”

Food past its best before date likely is safe to eat; it is our policy to dispose of food that is two years past its best before date.  Food past its expiry date likely is safe, but may not be as nutritious as it once was; it is our policy to immediately dispose of food that is past its expiry dates.  Please see this post for more details.