Do you need some help in finding food banks in Nova Scotia? We’ve featured 10 at various locations in the province below.
Area churches in Kentville, Nova Scotia, worked together to create the Fundy Interchurch Food Bank. This food bank is open once per week to provide food to area residents who meet the eligibility criteria set out for low-income families. An assessment is done during the first visit to the food bank to determine need. Those who qualify for assistance can visit the food bank once every five weeks for a three to five day supply of groceries depending on household size.
Feed Nova Scotia is a feeder food bank that supplies more than 140 smaller food pantries, soup kitchens, and other food programs in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, and surrounding areas. This food bank is responsible for the collection, storage, and distribution of large quantities of food from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, and individuals. They also fundraise to purchase those food items not donated. Recipients are directed toward local outlets for the direct distribution of food items.
This food bank got its start in 1990 when some friends recognised that the need for supplemental food in the Halifax, Nova Scotia, area was substantial. The Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank was created to help reach more families regularly. They are open four days per week to provide up to five days’ worth of food per household. During the holiday season, they operate The Turkey Club, a program that provides holiday meals for Thanksgiving and Christmas.
The Colchester Food Bank began as a neighbourhood outreach of St. David’s Church in 1985. By 1986, the food bank had established itself as a standalone charity dedicated to helping members of their Truro, Nova Scotia, community with food insecurity. They distribute bags of perishable and non-perishable food three days per week to anyone struggling to provide food for their family on their own.
The Yarmouth Food Bank operates under the umbrella of Feed Nova Scotia to provide emergency food assistance to families experiencing food poverty. With ID and proof of residency, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, recipients can request enough non-perishable and perishable food to provide meals for up to five days. They are open one day a week for disbursement and allow clients to visit once per month for as long as they are in need.
In 1985, several local pantries operating out of spare rooms and storage areas combined their efforts to form the Beacon House Food Bank in Lower Sackville, Nova Scotia. Each household eligible to receive assistance can visit once per month for a selection of frozen or canned meat, fresh produce, dairy, and non-perishable items. The amount of supplemental food items given to each client is based on the size of their household.
With the help of Feed Nova Scotia, the Halifax West Ecumenical Food Bank provides food for thousands of Halifax, Nova Scotia, residents and their surrounding areas. Boxes of perishable and non-perishable food items are handed out on an appointment-only basis to those who qualify for assistance. The food bank is open one day per week for the distribution of nutritionally sound food meant to last a family of four between 3-5 days.
Residents of the New Glasgow area of Nova Scotia founded the Pictou Country Food Bank in response to the growing food insecurity being seen among local families. The food bank is open three days per week for distributions to those who are signed up for their food assistance program. Each household can visit monthly to retrieve enough food for up to five days’ worth of meals, depending on the size of the family.
This food bank is operated by Lake Echo Community Recreation Society (LECRS), a community outreach program that provides numerous services to the Lake Echo, Nova Scotia, neighborhood around them. Their food bank is open twice per month to provide food on an appointment basis. Clients can place orders online and pick them up on their appointed day. Perishable and non-perishable food quantities are determined by household size and demonstration of need.
Around 17% of Nova Scotia households are currently experiencing food poverty and that number is only increasing in today’s economic climate. In the past few years, food banks have been utilised more than ever by families who had never before needed assistance. Antigonish Community Food Bank is one of many that are supported by Feed Nova Scotia in their efforts to combat food poverty in the Antigonish, Nova Scotia, area. Recipients can collect emergency food bags once per week.