Feed Nova Scotia
While we help people to meet the immediate need for food today, we’re also increasingly focused on awareness and advocacy efforts, knowing that people aren’t food insecure because they don’t have enough food. They’re food insecure because they don’t have enough income. As a provincial organization with influence and a credible voice, we have a responsibility to raise awareness of food insecurity and advocate for long-term change.
Nova Scotia has the highest rate of food insecurity of all the Canadian provinces, at 15.3% compared with the national average of 12.7%. In more vivid terms, 1 in 6 households in Nova Scotia is food insecure, and not everyone is affected equally. In Canada, Black and Indigenous households are three times more likely to be food insecure than White households.
Food means different things to different people in different moments. It can mean feeling seen: “My humanity is acknowledged through this kindness from my community. And extra help at this time of year means even more. It’s emotionally uplifting.”
Sometimes it helps meet a basic need that keeps growing as your child does: “It’s been the toughest year of my life and being a single mom to a 16-year-old boy, I was so stressed out about feeding him. Thank you so much for all that you do.”
It’s comfort and a reprieve from grief and loneliness: “I lost my best friend of 14 years to cancer. He always used to bring me Christmas dinner. I had no one to help and that’s why I called you—and I’m so glad I did.”
How your donations will help
Donations through this program will play a critical role in helping to provide food for our network of food banks, meal programs, and shelters across the province. Every $2 we receive through this special employee giving initiative will allow us to distribute enough food for 3 meals