Meals for vulnerable Richmond residents have been expanded with two churches taking the lead during the pandemic – St. Alban’s and Church on Five.
De Whalen, chair of the Richmond Poverty Response Committee, said the group has received $15,000 to expand meal programs over the next four months. The grant came from the federal Reaching Home strategy via the Vancouver Community Foundation.
Whalen praised the churches for their work providing basic necessities for people who are living in poverty or on the streets of Richmond, whom she called “the most vulnerable of the vulnerable.”
“They are the ones keeping people alive,” Whalen said.
We wanted to let you know that we’ve added another night to grab a takeout meal. In addition to Wed nights, @rfoodss’s @EDianlai is preparing meals for Thursday night at 6pm. Spread the news to those that need it. @RFBSociety @turningpointrs @RmdSentinel @TheRichmondNews pic.twitter.com/pCFAEZtRcR— FFL @ Church On Five (@FFLatCO5) May 13, 2020
The grant will allow 35 meals to be prepared and served every day, and sandwich deliveries to homeless people on the weekends.
In addition to the expansion of meals for Richmond’s vulnerable population, the city is opening up an emergency response centre in the former Minoru Place Activity Centre to accommodate 45 people living on the street. The shelter will have physical distancing measures in place and is being funded until mid-August through BC Housing.