Imagine if for one month, you picked up an extra food item every time you went to the grocery store, and simply tucked it away in a box or bag.
You likely would not notice a big difference in the cost of your groceries, and you would be surprised at how much you collected over the course of a few weeks. Now imagine if everyone on your street did the same thing.
According to the most recent data provided by FEED NOVA SCOTIA, over 22,000 Nova Scotians are assisted by food banks on a regular basis. Of those, 31.5% are children under the age of 18.
Demand for food bank services in Nova Scotia has increased by 33% since 2008.
"In a country such as Canada, one person going to bed hungry at night is one person too many," said Chief Superintendent Jean-Michel Blais, officer in charge of Halifax District RCMP. "I believe we have it within ourselves as Nova Scotians to pull together and make a positive difference in the lives of others, because we never know who can be in need: our neighbours, our friends, even our family."
The Halifax RCMP Helping Those in Need Food Drive will start on Sept. 4 after the Labour Day long weekend and will run until the end of September.
Donations can be made at the following locations:
Nova Scotia RCMP Headquarters - 3139 Oxford Street, Halifax
Lower Sackville Detachment – 711 Old Sackville Rd, Lower Sackville
Tantallon Detachment – 1 Eleanor Dr, Stillwater Lake
Cole Harbour Detachment – 1171 Cole Harbour Rd, Cole Harbour
Preston Unit Office – 44 Simmonds Road, North Preston (after Sept. 6)
Musquodoboit Harbour Detachment – 7929 Highway 7, Musquodoboit Harbour
North Central (Middle Musquodoboit) Office – 12270 Hwy 224, Middle Musquodoboit
Sheet Harbour Detachment – 22552 Highway 7, Sheet Harbour