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Help Support Girl’s Rainbow Food Drive

Sunday, January 8, 2023 11am Service

An amazing, creative young Richmond Hill student with a generous heart is organizing a Rainbow Food Drive for our food bank this month. Jessie, age 9, with help from her mom, Kerry, and dad, Jason, is asking for non-perishable food items to be dropped off at their home, 2 Birchbark Court, any time between Sept. 17 and 24, from the hours of 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Youll know its the right location, as youll see the colourful rainbow fence that Jessie painted herself!

I learned about the urgent need for food during the pandemic, so I want to help, Jessie wrote in an email to our food bank manager, asking a few questions about what foods we need most. We have an nearly impossible goal of collecting 1,000 cans and 100 types of food. I thank you from the bottom of my heart for helping me make my food drive possible!

Our food bank volunteers, in turn, thank Jessie from the bottom of our hearts, for having such a great idea and for wanting to collect food to help feed hungry families!

Birchbark Court runs off Silver Maple Road at Pexton Avenue and is north of Jefferson Sideroad and just west of Yonge Street in north Richmond Hill. Check out Jessies Rainbow Food Drive poster and please drop off your donations to make her food drive a big success!

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Dodgeball Tourney Spring Food Drive

May 29, 2019

A pleased and proud Sonny Dhillon, , oversees the incredible collection of more than 6,000 pounds of food contributed Friday, May 24 at the Rouge Woods Community Centre charity dodgeball tournament. Sonny is a longtime supporter of both the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank and 360Kids, and the food collected in this spring food drive is very much appreciated by both agencies that serve hungry residents of our community. George Keller , a board member of the food bank, joined with Mayor Dave Barrow and Councillor David West to congratulate and thank the players and their families for their food donations, which filled our food bank van, and was also happily received at 360Kids. Sincere thanks to everyone involved!

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The Salvation Army Hope Church & Community Services

122 Hunt St, Ajax

The Salvation Army Food Bank and Family Services is open for family food service for new and existing clients and those in need during this difficult time.

Emergency Food Bags specific to those without cooking facilities are available.

Please call: 905-427-7123to register or book an appointment for food pick up

The centre is open Monday Thursday 10 am 12 pm & 1 pm 3 pm

Bagged lunches are provided on Tuesday & Thursday from 12 pm 1 pm

To support safe physical distancing, all pick ups are being facilitated at the back entrance door.

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How To Visit The Food Banks

When you visit our food banks you will be checked-in by a greeter, who will scan your North Helpline card. If you do not have a card yet, they will direct you to a registration table where you can get a card. You will not need an ID to complete registration. Everyone will be strongly encouraged to maintain a distance of at least 6 feet from others. At this time, only staff and volunteers are allowed to enter the building at either location.

At this time, visits are not limited per week. If you require a No-Cook option, you will have the opportunity to request that.

In Lake City, there will be a designated volunteer or staff member handing out numbers. Once your number is called, you will be able to walk through the line to pick your food.

In Bitter Lake, there are no numbers, and we ask that you wait in line to walk through and select your food.

Bitter Lake Food Banks entrance is on the sidewalk on the small street that cuts through to the alley just east of Linden Ave North. The Food Bank is located on the ground floor of the SHAG building there.

In Lake City, the entrance to North Helpline Food Bank is at the south end of the building, at the driveways top. Clients walk down a short breezeway to the rear parking lot.

We appreciate your patience and understanding during these process changes as we do our best to keep our community, volunteers, and staff healthy. We are looking forward to returning to our normal services soon.

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Happy Thanksgiving And Giving Thanks

Gladstone Food Pantry

Vanessa Ley and Heidi Kreiner-Ley from Jos. Kreiner Real Estate Ltd brokerage in Richmond Hill brought in a carload of frozen meat days before Thanksgiving weekend to distribute to our food bank clients. The very generous donation, purchased at Longos, was gratefully received by food bank board member and volunteer Marney Beck Robinson. Were wishing all families in Richmond Hill a Thanksgiving filled with gratitude and blessings, noted Heidi, a sentiment shared by our Richmond Hill Food Bank board members, volunteers and general manager Lee Reynolds, who reminds both donors and clients that the food bank is closed Monday, Oct. 12 for the holiday. You can safely support your local food bank with a financial donation any day of the week by going online to our page on the Canada Helps website and receive an immediate receipt!

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Woodward Dream Cruise Fundraiser For Open Hands

Volunteers needed

Every year, Open Hands hosts an Annual Event in the church parking lot during Dream Cruise week to raise money for the food pantry. We need your help.

If you are available to help us greet people parking in the church parking lot and collect their payment in two hour shifts on Cruise Day Saturday, August 20, sign up HERE.

Volunteering for Dream Cruise is a fun way to support the Food Pantry, and you get to be a part of the Cruise! Thank you.

Local Newspaper Publishes Pandemic Update On Our Food Bank

Richmond Hill Liberal newspaper, March 1, 2022

Ashamed, bewildered, embarrassed. These are some of the emotions felt by those who set foot in food banks for the first time.

That is why Marney Beck Robinson, who volunteers at the Richmond Hill Community Food Bank, always tries to be extra patient and friendly with first-time clients.

“They’ve never had to ask for food before,” said Robinson. “So, sometimes they don’t even look you in the eyes.”

“Sometimes they’re abrupt or they act angry, but I know it’s just a cover for being embarrassed.

Time after time she has people who have worked all their adult lives, but have to turn to the food bank for the very first time. Some cry while she serves them.

“It’s a sad situation for them that they’re there, especially during the pandemic.”

“We continue to see people accessing our food bank who have been significantly affected by the pandemic,” said Lee Reynolds , Richmond Hill Community Food Bank’s general manager.

“Job losses, business closures and reduced incomes have resulted in many people turning to us for help for the first time in their lives,” said Reynolds.

“Our volunteers work empathetically to turn that very difficult first step of coming to a food bank into a friendly and positive experience.”

The pandemic has driven more hungry people to local food pantries, which draws additional needs for services, according to food banks in the region.

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Houston Food Bank App

Houston Food Bank East Branch535 Portwall St.

Houston Food Bank North Branch146 Knobcrest Dr.

501The Houston Food Bank is registered as a 501 non-profit organization. Contributions are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law, tax identification number 74-2181456.

PRIVACY STATEMENTView the Houston Food Banks Web Privacy Policy and Donor Privacy Code.

ETHICS AND COMPLIANCEThe Houston Food Bank believes in conducting business with the utmost honesty and integrity. Lighthouse Services assists the Houston Food Bank to identify any potential improper activity. Lighthouse is committed to protecting the identity of community members, including Food Bank staff, to submit confidential reports, suggestions, or complaints to a third party who helps the Houston Food Bank administration resolve issues while maintaining professional standards.

Very Hungry Caterpillar And Very Creative School

Northern Kentucky food pantry extends services

Check out Bond Lake Public Schools Very Hungry Caterpillar. This special school in Oak Ridges used this creative display and a December donation campaign for their local food bank as a teaching tool. One of the teachers reported that a team of Intermediate students created the innovative hallway caterpillar collector to encourage students to bring in non-perishable food items, and the older students also went into primary classes to read the story The Very Hungry Caterpillar and talk about poverty in our community. Thanks to the teachers and students of Bond Lake PS for this inventive way to help local families this holiday! And thanks to the 10th annual Music Marathon and New Horizons Band of York Region for musical and tangible contributions to the food bank.

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New Feed Scarborough Location Also Home To Business Incubator Program

Feed Scarboroughs executive director Suman Roy, volunteer Dianne Dias and a mascot for the group celebrate the opening of the charitys latest food bank and an entrepreneurial program centre at 4630 Kingston Rd. on Feb. 12, 2022. Feed Scarborough photo

As more people in Scarborough are forced to turn to food banks, the food banks are changing.

Feed Scarboroughs latest location, in East Scarboroughs West Hill area, is open eight hours a day from Tuesday to Saturday to help people who are working but also want to use their services.

Many in Scarborough today are low-income earners whose after-tax family income falls below the low-income threshold and are unable to pick up groceries during a two- or three-hour window in the middle of the day, when many food banks open, Suman Roy, Feed Scarboroughs executive director, said as what the group calls its Rouge Park space opened last month.

One thing were seeing over and over is community members who have a job or even two but cant seem to put food on the table, Suman Roy said.

The location in Maystone Plaza at 4630 Kingston Rd. will be home to Feed Scarboroughs Business Incubation Program, also known as StartUp Scarborough, in which people can book spaces, watch webinars and meet with advisers and peers to bring their business ideas to life in Scarborough.

Last months opening ceremony in West Hill also featured an appearance by a raccoon mascot designed by two young artists, Austin Paparousis and Hazel Kuzell.

Food Distribution Locations Near You

M-F 6:30am-2:00pm with appointment only

Central California Food Bank is joining Feeding America, the nations largest hunger-relief network of 200 food banks, 21 statewide associations and 60,000 partner food pantries and meal programs, to collect input from people who need food assistance to inform the White House Conference on Hunger, Nutrition, and Health in September 2022. Our goal is to create solutions with the community to be shared with the White House, which has set a goal to end hunger by 2030.

Take our 10-minute survey before the 7/29 deadline and make sure your voice is heard!

I give to Central California Food Bank, a nonprofit corporation currently located at 4010 E. Amendola Dr. Fresno, CA 93725, or its successor thereto, ______________ for its unrestricted use and purpose.

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Meet Our Newest Community Partner

The Nursey Foundation is a non-profit that aids underprivileged and underserved communities. It was founded by Aaron and Heidi Nursey, along with co-founders Roddy and Nandy Premsukh. The founders are a group of seasoned professionals with diverse backgrounds that span Executive Management, Financial Management, and Healthcare. They are united in their commitment to provide funding to their cherished causes, as well as their wisdom and knowledge to the communities they serve.

Mission: Empower individuals by offering access to resources to live a productive and meaningful life.

Meijer Simply Give Campaign Benefits Open Hands

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UPDATE: The Simply Give campaign supporting Open Hands has been extended through October 1!

Help feed your neighbors when you shop at Meijer-Woodward Corner Market!

Open Hands Food Pantry has joined forces with the Meijer Simply Give hunger relief program. Now through October 1, when you shop at the Woodward Corner Market located at 30955 Woodward Ave. Royal Oak, MI 48073 either in-store or online using Meijer pickup or home delivery, consider adding a Simply Give donation card to your basket. Your donation directly benefits Open Hands. In-store, the cards will be available at the check-out area.

For every $10 Simply Give donation card purchased on Double Match DaysâSaturday, June 18, Saturday, August 13 and Saturday, September 10â Meijer will double match the contribution, meaning they will donate an additional $20. This means Open Hands will receive a total of $30 for every $10 a customer donates on those days.

We sincerely thank our friends at Meijer for helping Open Hands feed our guests!

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Carea Oshawa: Food Security Program

Servicing registered clients of Carea by appointment only. Please contact Danielle for more information on how to access services at 905-723-0036 ext. 1917. No drop-ins at this time.

115 Grassmere Avenue, Oshawa

Monday 9:00 am 12:00 pm

Tuesday 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Wednesday 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Thursday 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Friday 9:00 am 12:00 pm

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Food Pantries In The Philadelphia Region

Weâre working closely with the City of Philadelphia and other agencies to share the most recent information about food pantries. For the most up-to-date information on where to find City Food Sites, Student Meal Sites, and additional food resources open during the COVID-19 crisis, click here.

Please call before visiting a pantry shown below to make sure that the pantry is operating on regular hours.

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What Are The Benefits Of Google Maps

Listen to what others say

Torn between two businesses? You can start by looking at comments and photos shared by locals to make a more informed decision. Or even better, join a local guide program to share your favorite stores.

Never mind traffic jams

Embrace the wonderful world around you

The wonderful world is all around you, waiting for you to discover. Looking for a place to eat? It’s all in Google Maps: browse nearby restaurants, find one you like, check out the dining environment, and even make reservations.

Go the first step with right direction

The first step with right direction gets ahead of others in the following steps. You dont have to worry about missing an illegible ramp exit any more. Fine navigation and lane guidance will escort you all the way.

Give your finger a break

All you need to do is to save your home and office addresses in Google Maps, and the system will automatically fill them in as you type, speeding up your search. You can also allow the Google Maps app to access your Android and iPhone address books to quickly find saved addresses.

Google Maps for Android and iOS devices was released in September 2008 and features GPS turn-by-turn navigation along with dedicated parking assistance features. In August 2013, it was determined to be the world’s most popular app for smartphones, with over 54% of global smartphone owners using it at least once.

Bingo Fun Helps Our Food Bank

Kountry Kitchen open to provide food cooked with love

During August and September, more gaming options became available to patrons of Bingo World and Gaming Richmond Hill. Two bingo sessions Wednesday through Friday were opened during the month of August, and in September, the gaming centre opened seven days a week, and is currently open Sunday to Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 a.m. and Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 3 a.m.

Social distancing, contact tracing, masks, and since Sept. 22, proof of vaccination are all requirements for anyone entering the gaming centre.

Why is this important news to share for our Richmond Hill Community Food Bank? Because we are among more than 40 local charities and non-profits which benefit from funds generated at Bingo World.

Go for details, including a special, live Thanksgiving event on Monday, Oct. 11.

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Holiday Food Drive At Bingo World

Our food bank is so grateful that Bingo World & Gaming in Richmond Hill is doing a special Holiday Food Drive in December!

Each bingo customer at Bingo World on Newkirk Road who donates a food item between Dec. 1 and 22, will be entered into a raffle for prizes! The raffle prizes have been generously donated by many of the 40+ agencies, which receive regular proceeds from Bingo World. #GiveWhereYouLive

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Food Banks In Southampton



  • Above Bar Church, Mondays 9am-11am, Above Bar, SO14 7FE
  • Central Hall, St Mary, Sundays 12noon-1pm, St Marys Street, SO14 1NF
  • GEMS food bank, Kingsland Community Centre, Tuesdays and Fridays 10.30am-11.30am, 20 Broad Green, SO14 1LF
  • James Street Church, Thursday 10 to 11am, James Street, SO14 1PH
  • Northam Food bank, Northam Community Centre, Tuesdays 10am-11am, Kent Street, SO14 5SP


  • Shirley Baptist Church food bank, Thursdays 9am-3pm, Church Street, Shirley, SO15 5LG


  • Feed the community, Fridays 11am-12.30pm, St Denis Church, SO17 2LT


  • Weston Community Support project, Mondays and Thursdays 2pm 3pm, Canberra Towers, Kingsclare Avenue, SO19 9JU

ALSO: Someone needs a referral. SWVGs referring agent is Xanthe Hackett. No need to give the person a physical voucher. We are given a number for the person to go to any of their food banks, who will have a record of the referral.

The Three Rivers Community Rail Partnership run a Free Food Shop at Swaythling Railway Station every Saturday from 10:30-12:30. Surplus food is donated by local shops and supermarkets to prevent it from going to landfill. There is also a baby store at the Swaythling Station Free Shop.

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Babies and children under four

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