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.
The Richmond Food Bank Society strives to maintain individual and community health by providing the food security and nourishment needed to sustain health and well-being.
Volunteers distribute healthy food and groceries for free in a safe and confidential place to anyone who lives in Richmond and needs a little help.
"Food security exists when all people, at all times, have physical and economic access to sufficient, safe and nutritious food to meet their dietary needs and food preferences for an active and healthy life." This is the definition that Canada and 128 other countries agreed upon at the 1996 World Food Summit in Rome. All signatories agreed to halve hunger by 2015.
serve up to 600 households weekly — over 1500 people; 35% of them children
15% are long-term users with multiple barriers to employment
disabilities and cost of housing are the primary reasons for needing food banks
we give more than $6 worth of groceries for every dollar we spend
we gave 26,984 grocery parcels in 2012 plus bulk food to other agencies that serve meals and snacks to low-income people
over 20,000 pounds of food each week
over 130 regular volunteers who provide year-round service
we are a society and registered charity, governed by a Board of Directors
we receive no funding from any level of government — all expenses are paid by donations
Who we help:
The Richmond Food Bank serves Richmond residents who need help, including people working for low wages or who have been laid off work, people with chronic illness and disabilities and living on a fixed income, people in crises, and people without an income or without a home. We are very grateful to the many individuals and groups who work hard and give generously so that we can continue helping these struggling individuals and families.
a caring community sharing with neighbours in need