Special hurricane donation welcome news for food banks

HALIFAX— More food will be heading to food banks across the province to help support Nova Scotians who are experiencing food insecurity in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian, thanks to a $50,000 donation to Feed Nova Scotia from Nova Scotia Power and parent company Emera.

The charity received the donation yesterday and is arranging now to purchase a special order of food to supplement what they would normally distribute to food banks with their regular deliveries.

“When life’s circumstances remove all choices, food banks become an indispensable lifeline for support,” said Nick Jennery, executive director at Feed Nova Scotia. “This donation will help ensure the reliability of that support in the aftermath of hurricane Dorian.”

Both organizations recognize the huge impact this storm has had on vulnerable Nova Scotians, and hope that additional food support will help ease some of the financial burden for those who are experiencing food insecurity. For Nova Scotia Power, the donation comes with special meaning.

“The last eight days have been monumental in so many ways,” said Karen Hutt, President and CEO of Nova Scotia Power. “Our crews have been working non-stop to restore power amidst unprecedented storm damage, and through it all we’ve seen a huge outpouring of support from the community. Together with our parent company, Emera, we’re dedicating this donation to our many partners, businesses and customers who’ve shown such incredible kindness. Every thank you, every honk, every wave, every smile—your heartfelt gestures and words of encouragement made all the difference.”

Jennery feels that kind of goodness is simply in our DNA. “Nova Scotians help one another. We see it time and time again, and we’re so incredibly grateful.”

Feed Nova Scotia distributes food on a regular basis to a network of 143 member agencies, who collectively support at least 42,000 Nova Scotians each year. Each day, the charity distributes about 8,000 kg of food. Jennery said some food banks have seen increased demand over the last few days, and others will no doubt experience the same scenario in the coming weeks when they open their doors for the first time since the storm hit.

As always, Nova Scotians who require the support of a food bank are asked to contact 211 for information on the location nearest to them.