2022 Impact Report
By Vivian Chung in Donation on April 21, 2023
Richmond Food Bank Society – 2022 Year in Review
We are pleased to share the impact of your collective efforts that allowed us to serve our neighbours through yet another busy year. The increased need for emergency food assistance that we witnessed since the Covid-19 pandemic hit continued to rise. In combination with increasing food prices and the Ukrainian Refugee Crisis, we saw a 20% increase in the total number of visits made to the food bank.
We met the increased need through the amazing support of our community of donors, volunteers, and staff who stepped up and rallied around our cause and supported us in meaningful ways to ensure continuity of service for our neighbours in need.
In 2022, we worked towards meeting the increasing senior demographic by piloting reserved seniors time for seniors 70+ during our Monday and Wednesday distributions. Our two offsite depots continued to offer a secondary access point for people who were challenged by the distance or the wait-times at our main site. In October 2022, we introduced a third offsite depot at Church on Five on Wednesday evenings from 4:30pm-5:30pm. The church offers a community meal each Wednesday and having a distribution depot allowed us to meet people where they are at.
The 2022 Year in Review highlights all the essential work that was accomplished to serve the most vulnerable in our community. We served more people with emergency food assistance and engaged more schools through our school meal program. We were able to accomplish all this through the generous support of our community.
You will note, in 2022, with the help and support of our volunteers, we were able to provide grocery assistance to over 3,387 unique households who visited the food bank a total of 43,925 times. Each household was able to receive perishable and non perishable food items to nourish themselves and their families. To support these households, we recovered a total of 736,132 kgs (1,619,490lbs) of food and about 70% of this was fresh and frozen perishable food. We also supported many other local non profits that have a food program with over 73,689kgs of surplus food.
We are proud of the work that we were able to accomplish in 2022 and the impact that our community of donors and volunteers continue to have on our work and our mission. Together, we are ensuring that no one in our community goes hungry.
Thank You to Our Donors
Our donors continued to support us with vital monetary support and creative fundraising initiatives. Special mention goes out to the following organizations for their compassionate donations of over $10,000:
|Food Banks BC|
|Food Banks Canada|
|Richmond Firefighters Association|
|Gilmore Park United Church|
|V.I.B. Motors Ltd.|
|Richmond Auto Mall|
|Great Canadian Casinos Inc.|
|Peter Young Foundation|
The Richmond Food Bank Society provides food assistance, advocacy, and related support to community members in need. Every week, over 2,200 Richmond residents access our grocery distribution services. There are 7 scheduled distributions, 5 days a week, at 4 different locations throughout Richmond. As a registered charity and a non-government organization, we rely on the generosity of individuals, community organizations and businesses to further our work and our mission.