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Feed Nova Scotia

feed nova scotia logoAt Press Realty, we feel it’s important to give back to our community by supporting other local businesses, taking part in community events, and through donations to our local chapter of Feed Nova Scotia.

 

Participating Press Realty agents
donate a portion of every commission
they receive to Feed Nova Scotia.


Since beginning our program in 2008,
our agents have donated a combined total of

$53,425!


We are proud of this organization’s efforts – and proud of our agents who choose to give. Read on for more information on Feed Nova Scotia…

How does FEED NOVA SCOTIA receive funding?

FEED NOVA SCOTIA is a registered charitable organization, relying entirely on charitable donations from the community to fulfil their mission.

Where do the food donations come from?

Food comes to Feed Nova Scotia from a variety of sources. The following is a breakdown for the 2014-15 fiscal period:

Food drives and corporate and individual donations
43%
Reclaimed food donated by wholesalers/grocers
17%
Produce donated by commercial farmers and wholesale grocers
11%
Bakery retail
10%
Food Banks Canada’s national food sharing system
5%
Prepared food donated by hospitals, hotels, etc.
9%
Donations collected in grocery store bins
3%
Food purchased by FEED NOVA SCOTIA
1%

 

Does FEED NOVA SCOTIA belong to a national food banking organization?

They are Nova Scotia’s member of Food Banks Canada, a national charitable organization that represents the food bank community across the country.

 

When was FEED NOVA SCOTIA established?

FEED NOVA SCOTIA first opened its doors in 1984 as the Metro Food Bank Society to provide emergency food relief within Halifax/Dartmouth. It was an initiative of the faith and corporate communities. In 2002 the Metro Food Bank Society became the umbrella organization for food banks across Nova Scotia. In 2005, they officially rebranded as FEED NOVA SCOTIA to reflect their provincial mandate. Today, FEED NOVA SCOTIA distributes food to a network of 146 food banks and meal programs across Nova Scotia.

How do we know people who visit food banks really need them?

Different food banks have different ways of processing new applications for client support. FEED NOVA SCOTIA is proud to uphold the principles of a code of ethics that state “everyone in Canada has the right to their daily sustenance and an existence which ensures that this condition is possible” and they value the principles of respect and compassion. They feel mandating such things as proof of income and details of legal guardianship are inconsistent with these values, knowing that for many people who struggle with food insecurity, it is difficult to ask for help from a food bank or meal program. There has to be a certain level of trust that is built into the client support process.

The monthly data collected from their member agencies indicates that 70% of households accessing support from a food bank in 2014 did so 6 times or less.

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