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. As we look to meet the increased need, we're grateful for people like you who want to help.

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In the days prior to COVID-19, we shipped $1 million dollar's worth of food a month, every month, to support the 42,000 people in Nova Scotia accessing food support.

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As the COVID-19 situation develops, we’re hearing from more food-insecure Nova Scotians whose stress is increasing, our member agencies who are bracing to provide additional support, and people who are wondering how they can help.

As an organization with a mandate to provide food support for vulnerable individuals, we know we fill an important role in the community and we take that role seriously. We’re also a charity and we have limited resources that could be impacted as things change quickly.

April 3, 2020

  • We have placed four bulk food orders totaling $800,000 and are making financial disbursements to member agencies in our network that continue to provide service to those seeking food support.
  • We are receiving direction from the Province of Nova Scotia about the continuation of our operations under the delcared state of emergency. Right now, we are considered essential and exempt from the gathering limits. In an effort to reduce the number of people who come in contact with our facility, beginning Tuesday, March 24, we are reducing operations to staff only.
  • At this point, approximately 80% of food banks in our network across the province are operational with roughly 80% of their volunteer and staff resources. This may change as the situation develops and we absolutely support the thoughtful decisions our agencies are making in regard to the continuation or discontinuation of service.
  • We are committed to following the recommendations of the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness and the Public Health Agency of Canada.
  • Our mandate is to provide food and it’s a role we take seriously.
  • We are balancing the need to continue regular distribution of food to our network with planning to meet the inevitable increased demand on our services.
  • We currently have two weeks’ worth of food in our warehouse. This is on par with where we would normally be at this time of year.
  • The majority of food we distribute comes from retailers, wholesalers, and farmers. Anticipating these contributions may decrease, in combination with the increased need for support, we are looking at purchasing a large bulk non-perishable food order.
  • We are grateful to be working closely with the province to keep our network operational.
  • As always, we will continue to rely on public support and the best way anyone can help right now is by making a financial donation.

Thank you to those who have extended support. It’s no surprise that members of our community are thinking about their vulnerable neighbours, and we hope that continues.

N.S. boosts funding for Feed Nova Scotia, income assistance and bans evictions
Premier Stephen McNeil, Community Services Minister Kelly Regan and Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia’s chief medical officer of health, announced today, March 19, measures to help vulnerable Nova Scotians and to further prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the province.

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Looking at this with Feed Nova Scotia's lense:

  • Knowing that Income Assistance recipients represent a large number of those who already access food banks, we’re pleased to see the Province offering direct financial support to those individuals. When people have the means to purchase their own food that’s the best scenario any day of the year. This will hopefully help relieve some of the strain on our member food banks who will be seeing new people at their doors in the days and weeks ahead.
  • Recognizing that there will be many Nova Scotians who still require food support and don’t have the ability to purchase it, we will use the contribution from government to purchase and distribute additional food. We’re working closely with government to determine the specifics of what that will look like.
  • In the days prior to COVID-19, we shipped $1 million dollars worth of food a month, every month, to support the 42,000 people in Nova Scotia accessing food support.