Our response to the COVID-19 crisis

Like you, we're thinking of those who struggle with food insecurity at the best of times, and who might be facing greater challenges amidst the current situation. We're grateful for people like you who want to help.

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We’re here and committed to our mission
Although things look a little different, we continue to be fully operational, regularly distributing food across the province and adapting to meet the unique needs as they arise during the COVID-19 crisis.

Despite challenges in the food system, our food shipments are strong. Between March 15 and May 1, we distributed $1.9 million worth of food to our network of food banks and meal programs across the province. That’s 30% more food than the same time last year. We also distributed more than $637,000 in funding directly to our member agencies to help meet their immediate needs. Support from our donors, the provincial and federal governments, and Food Banks Canada makes all of this possible.

Food banks and meal programs are safely providing food support
The majority of our member agencies are open, with processes in place to safely provide food support. We’ve always known how dedicated our member agencies are, but their heart and ingenuity have been even more amazing these last few months. If you or someone you know needs food support, call 211 or use our Find Food tool to find a food bank or meal program nearby.

Feed Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Food Box program
While most food banks and meal programs are still open with processes in place to safely serve their communities, not everyone has the ability to access them right now. On May 25, we’ll launch Feed Nova Scotia’s COVID-19 Food Box program. The purpose of this short-term initiative is to provide home delivery of food to Nova Scotians who lack the means to access any other form of food support, largely because they can’t leave their home and they don’t have the funds, friends, or family to help get food. Anyone facing this situation can call 211 on weekdays between 8am and 8pm and they’ll help determine if this program is a good fit.

The need for support
Food insecurity is a devastating reality for thousands of Nova Scotians and the current crisis is creating new challenges for many. It’s too soon to say if the need is up across the board. We’re hearing different things from our member food banks across the province. Some are seeing an increase, some are seeing new people for the first time, and some are seeing fewer individuals. Government financial supports may be playing a role for some, while others are anxious about leaving their homes or don’t have the means too. We continue to watch these trends and we know the impact of this crisis will be felt for a long time after it’s over.

Putting safety first
Feed Nova Scotia and our member agencies are considered essential and exempt from gathering limits. As we continue to provide support, we’re committed to following the recommendations of the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and the Public Health Agency of Canada to ensure the health and safety of our network.

Our office is currently closed to the public, and in an effort to reduce the number of people who come in contact with our facility, our volunteer program is on hold until further notice. We’re also encouraging financial donations rather than food drives at this time, to minimize physical interaction through pick-ups and drop-offs.

How you can help
Making a financial donation or organizing a fundraising activity is the best way to help right now. Since the beginning of the crisis, things have changed quickly, and monetary donations give us the flexibility needed to respond to our most pressing needs. Donate online or call our office weekdays from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm.

A huge thanks to everyone who has already extended support. It’s no surprise that in a province as special as ours people are thinking of their vulnerable neighbours, and we hope that continues.