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Food Bank opening express hub at Hugh Boyd Park

By Richmond Sentinel

Published 5:41 PDT, Fri August 7, 2020

To better serve its clients living in the West Richmond area, the Richmond Food Bank Society will be opening an express food hub at Hugh Boyd Park.

As of Monday (Aug. 10), a depot will be located in the parking lot off Francis Road. It will operate every Monday (with the exception of stat holidays) from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Drive-through grocery assistance will be available, and walk-ins are also welcome.

The depot will operate with a focus on the health and safety of food bank clients and volunteers, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“We would like to alleviate the increasingly long line-ups during our regular grocery distribution at the Cedarbridge Way location. It will also allow us to reach out to the people in the West Richmond area who are in need of food assistance, but are unable to come to our main location or take advantage of our home delivery service” says Hajira Hussain, executive director of the Richmond Food Bank Society. 

With the opening of the West Richmond depot, clients will now have the option to pick up from this location (only on the day and time specified) as an alternative to picking up their hamper from the main Cedarbridge location. As usual, clients can pick up food once per week (per household). The grocery distribution program at 100–5800 Cedarbridge Way continues to operate five days a week: Mondays through Thursdays, and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. There is also a depot located in East Richmond at Peace Mennonite Church, which operates on Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. 

In keeping with the public health directives on maintaining safe physical distancing and minimizing contact, clients will be served outdoors, one by one. All hampers are standardized based on the number of individuals in each household. 

Clients choosing to come to the West Richmond depot are encouraged to arrive no earlier than 3:30 p.m., and to drop in any time before 5 p.m. Clients are encouraged to follow the posted signage for drive-in and walk-in lanes. 

The Richmond Food Bank Society provides food assistance, advocacy and related support to community members in need. As a registered charity and a non-government organization, it relies on the generous donation of individuals, community organizations and businesses in order to serve the community. The food bank also gratefully receive grants for some of its programs. The West Richmond depot is made possible in part by a grant from the government of Canada and the United Way of the Lower Mainland.

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