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Richmond Low Income Resource Directory


The Food section lists places that give out free food and meals, and programs that give financial help to buy food.

If what you are looking for isn't found in the list below, try:

  1. Searching the larger Richmond Community Services Directory; or
  2. Contacting  Volunteer Richmond Information Services;
  3. Looking at cookbooks with low-cost recipes, like:
    • Taylor-Hough, Deborah. (2003).  Frugal living for dummies.  New York : Wiley Pub. (available to be borrowed from the Richmond Public Library; and
    • The Thrifty Kitchen Cookbook and The New Thrifty Kitchen Cookbook are available free (donations are welcome) from the Surrey Food Bank. Call 604-581-5443 for more information.

Family Services of Greater Vancouver - Richmond Office
250 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.fsgv.ca
Phone:  604-279-7100
Fax:  604-279-7108
E-mail: receptionrfs@fsgv.ca

Offers affordable counselling, education, mediation, and training to help families, couples, individuals, and youth solve problems.

Community Kitchens
Phone:  778-885-5165
E-mail: mjavadi@fsgv.ca
Cook with others, meet new friends, learn new recipes, and save money by shopping wisely. Participants make a small contribution for food and/or babysitting. Call to register and for more information.

Gilmore Park United Church
8060 No. 1 Road (at Blundell)
Richmond,  BC    V7C  1T9   (Map)
Web site: www.gilmoreparkunited.ca
Phone:  604-277-5377
Fax:  604-277-5398
E-mail: gilmorepark@telus.net

Service every Sunday at 10:30am.

Community Meal
Free dinner offered to anyone every Thursday at 5:30pm from January to November.

Health & Home Care Society of BC
204 - 3077 Granville Street
Vancouver,  BC    V6H 3J9   (Map)
Web site: www.carebc.ca
Phone:  604-733-6614
Fax:  604-733-6698
Toll Free:  1-888-677-6614
E-mail: info@carebc.ca

A non-profit charitable organization with a tradition of caring for those in most need. Services include Meals on Wheels, Chinese Meals on Wheels, flu shots, and health education.

Meals on Wheels
Phone:  604-732-7638
Fax:  604-733-6698
Meals can be delivered to people in Richmond and Vancouver who are unable to shop or prepare their own meals. Call for meal prices. Meals are delivered Monday to Friday between 11:00am and 1:00pm. For Western Meals on Wheels call 604-732-7638. For Chinese Meals on Wheels call 604-733-6615. To volunteer with Meals on Wheels, please call 604-733-9177 ext. 107.

Web site: www.healthlinkbc.ca
TDD:  711
Toll Free:  811
E-mail: HealthLinkBC@gov.bc.ca

Provides non-emergency health information and advice 24/7. Call to speak to a registered nurse, a registered dietitian, a pharmacist, or to find a health resource in your area.

Dietitian Services
Web site: www.healthlinkbc.ca/healthyeating/
Dietitians are available online and by telephone to answer diet and nutrition-related questions. Call free-of-charge to speak to a registered dietitian from 9:00am to 5:00pm, Monday to Friday, or email a HealthLinkBC Dietitian with questions 24/7/365. Translation services are available in over 130 languages upon request.

Japanese Community Volunteers Association (Tonari Gumi)
101 - 42 West 8th Avenue
Vancouver,  BC    V5Y 1M7   (Map)
Web site: www.tonarigumi.ca
Phone:  604-687-2172
Fax:  604-687-2168
E-mail: info@tonarigumi.ca

Provides services and programs in Japanese and English to help seniors and other age groups in need in the Japanese Canadian community. Helps with filling out applications and forms, medical interpretation and accompaniment, problem solving, and giving senior housing information. Also offers fitness, recreational, and educational activities, mainly for seniors. Outreach programs for seniors include congregate meals, telephone buddies, and friendly visitation. Also offers workshops and a support group for families with members who have dementia.

Meals on Wheels
Tonari Gumi volunteer drivers deliver Japanese-style lunch boxes provided specially by Izumiya Japanese food market to the residents of Richmond who who are unable to shop or prepare their own meals. Delivers every Tuesday. Assessments needed.

Minoru Place Activity Centre
7660 Minoru Gate
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 1R9   (Map)
Web site: www.richmond.ca/parksrec/seniors/minoruplace/minoru.htm
Phone:  604-238-8450
Fax:  604-718-8462
E-mail: seniors@richmond.ca

An activity centre for seniors ages 55 and older. Activities include billiards, bingo, bridge, crib, mah jong, outings, manicures, and more. Classes offered include art, dancing, and fitness. Membership is $22 per year.

Minoru Place Cafeteria
Phone:  604-238-8461
Offers hot meals and snacks at affordable prices. Open to all ages. For current Cafeteria hours, please call the Minoru Front Desk at 604-238-8450. The online menu can be found at www.richmond.ca/parksrec/seniors/minoruplace

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives
190 - 7000 Minoru Boulevard
Richmond,  BC    V6Y  3Z5   (Map)
Web site: www.rcrg.org
Phone:  604-279-7020
Fax:  604-279-7038
E-mail: info@rcrg.org

Richmond Cares, Richmond Gives, or simply RCRG, is a hub for volunteering and giving. It's also a direct service provider, operating a variety of programs designed to enhance community life.

Richmond Christmas Fund
Phone:  604-279-7035
E-mail: christmasfund@rcrg.org
Provides grocery vouchers to registered low-income Richmond residents. Also provides new toys to low-income families with children aged 12 and under, and gift certificates to teens 13-15. The sponsorship program matches registered families with individuals and groups who prepare a customized Christmas hamper for their family. Donations from the community, both financial and of new, unwrapped gifts, are the basis of this program. We are no longer accepting donations of stuffed animals because of health reasons.

Richmond Family Place Society
8660 Ash Street
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 2S3   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondfamilyplace.ca
Phone:  604-278-4336
Fax:  604-278-4433
E-mail: info@richmondfamilyplace.ca

Provides programs for parents and their children birth to 6, with the addition of siblings up to the age of 12, throughout Richmond. Offers programs for parents with newborn babies to children of kindergarten age. You can register or drop-in to programs at Richmond Family Place on Ash Street and at other locations in the community. Please call for more details. You can register or drop-in to programs at Richmond Family Place on Ash Street and at other locations in the community. Please call for more details.

Dad and Child Breakfast
A weekly breakfast program for dads/male caregivers and their children 0 to 6 years of age. Breakfast will be served followed by playtime. On Saturdays, 9:00am to 10:30am.

Richmond Food Bank
100 - 5800 Cedarbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2A7   (Map)
Web site: www.richmondfoodbank.org
Phone:  604-271-5609
E-mail: info@richmondfoodbank.org

Provides free, healthy food each week to those in need. Please contact for more information.

Grocery Distribution
Provides grocery assistance to low-income families and individuals. On Tuesdays, groceries are distributed in East Richmond at the Peace Church gymnasium (11571 Daniels Road, Richmond) from 3:30pm to 5:00pm. On Wednesdays and Thursdays, groceries are distributed at the Richmond Food Bank from 11:00am to 1:00pm. Evening distributions are every Thursday from 6:00pm to 7:00pm at the Richmond Food Bank.
Nutrition and Literacy for Children
“Feed the Body, Feed the Mind" links healthy eating with reading and development by giving healthy snack packs and story books to children up to 12 years old.
Nutritious Recipe Demonstrations
Demonstrations of delicious, nutritious, and economical recipes based on seasonal vegetables and staple foods that are available at the Food Bank during distribution times.

Richmond Youth Service Agency (RYSA)
100 - 7900 Alderbridge Way
Richmond,  BC    V6X 2A5   (Map)
Web site: www.rysa.bc.ca
Phone:  604-271-7600
Fax:  604-271-7626
E-mail: info@rysa.bc.ca

Has programs and services that respond to the needs of Richmond children, youth, and families. Offers services and programs in Richmond including: counselling for children and youth, a youth centre in Richmond, a career and employment centre for youth, after school programs, volunteering and leadership opportunities, special events and celebrations, and an Aboriginal centre.

Breakfast Club
In partnership with Blundell Elementary, we offer breakfast for students twice per week. In addition, the program offers fun, community-building activities and a once-a-month family meal.

Salvation Army - Richmond Corps
8280 Gilbert Road
Richmond,  BC    V7C 3W7   (Map)
Web site: www.salvationarmyrichmond.org
Phone:  604-277-2424
Fax:  604-277-2443
E-mail: richsa@telus.net

An international Christian charity that helps people in need, including families in crisis, single parents, children, seniors, and those experiencing hunger, homelessness, addiction, and abuse.

Community Christmas Dinner
Volunteers and local businesses host a community dinner for the less fortunate in December.
Emergency Social Services
Helps individuals and families in need with the basics of food and clothing.
Richmond House
3111 Shell Road
Richmond,  BC   V6X 2P3   (Map)
Phone:  604-276-2490
Fax:  604-276-2490
Offers emergency shelter for up to ten homeless men. Bed and three daily meals are provided. Maximum stay is 30 days. Opens 24 hours, 7 days a week throughout the year.
Weekly Free Community Lunch
A free, nutritious meal is offered to the community every Thursday at 12:30pm (except during the summer months). The meal is prepared and served by volunteers. All are welcome.

Seniors Services Society
750 Carnarvon Street
New Westminster,  BC    V3M 1E7   (Map)
Web site: www.seniorsservicessociety.ca
Phone:  604-520-6621
Fax:  604-520-1798
E-mail: info@seniorsservicessociety.ca

Provides information and support to senior clients in the Lower Mainland. Offers special services for seniors in New Westminster only. See the website for more information or to view the Seniors Housing Directory.

Meals on Wheels
E-mail: support@seniorsservicessociety.ca
Hot low-cost meals are delivered to New Westminster.The meals are prepared daily by the Starlight Casino’s Chef and team.

St. Alban's Anglican Church
7260 St. Alban's Road
Richmond,  BC    V6Y 2K3   (Map)
Web site: www.stalbansrichmond.org
Phone:  604-278-2770
Fax:  604-278-3384

English Sunday service at 8:30am and 10:00am.

Drop-In Centre
E-mail: dic@stalbansrichmond.org
The Drop-in Center is open Monday to Friday from 10am-2pm and offers internet access, hot beverage and snacks. Free haircuts on one Thursday per month from 12-2pm. Also helps in finding social programs that help those in need.
Weekly Free Community Meal
A safe, friendly, and welcoming place to share a meal with children, youth, and adults on Tuesdays at 5pm. Everyone is welcome. Runs September through the end of June.