Understand the Issues

It's important to understand why people in Nova Scotia are food insecure and the challenges that creates.

Watch this powerful spoken word piece by Chiedza Sadomba and see how hunger taunts those who live with it.

Accessing a food bank is often the last resort for people working through significant challenges like:

  • Divorce
  • Disabilities
  • Mental health struggles
  • Domestic violence
  • Lay offs and low wages
  • Inadequate income

People who access food support come from all backgrounds and have any number of reasons for needing support.

CONTRIBUTING FACTORS

In Nova Scotia, many factors contribute to food insecurity, including:

  • Limited industry and employment
  • High cost of food, education, and transportation
  • Lack of affordable housing
  • Inadequate wages and income assistance levels

While there are government programs designed to support Nova Scotians in need, charities make up a huge part of our social safety net. If the generous support of our donors ever drastically dropped off and that safety net dissolved, people would go hungry.

FOOD INSECURITY AFFECTS US ALL

The health of our communities and economy is directly linked to people's ability to adequately feed themselves. Food is the common thread that connects us. Without food, you can’t have health, without health you can’t work, without work you can’t feed yourself or your family. There are children in our province going an entire school day without something to eat. How do you learn on an empty stomach?

REDUCING HUNGER IN YOUR COMMUNITY

We believe five things need to happen to create change for Nova Scotians accessing food support:

  1. We need to break the stigma of accessing assistance.
  2. Nova Scotians must become intolerant of hunger and poverty in our province. 
  3. Our elected officials need to create policies and programs that drive sustainable change. 
  4. Employers need to introduce benefits that reflect the cost of living. 
  5. The transformation of the Employment Support and Income Assistance program needs to be bold and we need to inspire our political leaders to have the will to see it through.  

While we work toward long-term solutions, it’s critical that we also meet the immediate need for food. 

REQUEST A SPEAKER

If you'd like to learn more about hunger in your community, or issues surrounding food insecurity, we’d love to hear from you. Contact us to request a speaker.