Spring Appeal

Every dollar makes a difference

Feed Nova Scotia staff member holding frozen chickens that have been donated

Many Nova Scotians look forward to this time of year. It’s full of new beginnings, growth, and a taste of sunny days to come. But this spring, it’s hard for us to see the sun through the clouds. Our province is facing crisis levels of food-insecurity, there’s no other way to put it.  

You might ask: “how does my donation have any impact when the problem feels so big?”  

We assure you, as cliche as it sounds, every dollar makes a difference.  

For every $2 dollar donation we receive, we’re able to distribute three meals worth of food. How do we make that happen? Most of our food is donated or recovered through our food recovery program, and we are equipped to receive and distribute surplus perishable and non-perishable food from all stages of the food supply chain including from processors, producers, distributors, and retailers.  

Keeping nimble and being able to take advantage of opportunities is a big part of our work. 

Also, we utilize our buying power with long-term partners to keep the costs of purchased foods as low as possible. This means we can make targeted purchases of much needed and requested foods, but still stretch each dollar. These are just a couple of the ways that we ensure your donation has the maximum impact. So, when you ask if your one dollar, or five-dollar, or twenty-dollar donation really makes a difference, we can say without hesitation, yes. 

As the number of people accessing food support is steadily growing, our network of 140 member food banks, meal programs, and shelters is struggling to keep up and they need your help. Your donation will allow us to grow their capacity and make sure they have the resources to respond to their community's needs. It’s only with your support that we can keep the flow of food from our warehouse to the people who need it most. 

Charity is not a long-term solution to food insecurity, and we will keep advocating for policy-based solutions that address the root causes of food insecurity. But in the meantime, with your help, we’ll continue to respond to the growing demand for emergency support, so that every Nova Scotian can have the food they need to live happy and active lives.