Dear friends and supporters of the Richmond Food Bank:
As 2012 came to an end, it is a good time to look back on our successes and look forward to make sure that we are still "on track."
Last year again proved to be very busy for our organization, particularly for our valued and essential volunteers.
The demand for our services has increased dramatically since the economic downturn in 2008. Before that time, we were feeding an average of 775 people a week.
This month, we hit an all-time high of over 1,550 people in a single week. I think this trend will not reverse itself in the near term and with the demographics of our community changing quickly, we might see these levels of service continue to increase as people struggle to adapt to new circumstances.
As the president of the Richmond Food Bank Society, I have been able to observe and appreciate the way our community supports those in need. We are a grass roots funded organization that does its work without government funding. We are able to serve record numbers of people weekly because of your support and the support of other individuals, corporations, schools, and service organizations. I am proud that I live and work in such a compassionate and supportive community.
I want to take this opportunity to thank some special people: First, to each and every one of you that donated a can of food, a loonie at the school fundraiser, a cheque or some other thoughtful donation - thank you very much.
A big thank you to our 140 plus volunteers who create the warm and welcoming environment that our clients need and appreciate. You truly do make a difference to the lives of those who need our help. And thank you to all our community partners who allow us to address the needs of our clients on a holistic basis, providing help with social and health care needs.
We will continue to support and improve this initiative at the Richmond Food Bank in the coming months and years. By working together, we are providing hope. Thank you Richmond!
So again, on behalf of the Richmond Food Bank Society, I want to convey my deepest appreciation and gratitude for the contributions you've made and wish you all a Happy New Year!
Richard Rand President, Richmond Food Bank Society