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Feed Nova Scotia seeing increase in demand during COVID-19 pandemic

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Feed Nova Scotia's new location in Burnside (Meghan Groff/

Getting through the COVID-19 pandemic has been a challenge for us all, but it's particularly tough on those having trouble making ends meet.

"When you don't have food for yourself or your family, at the best of times that's very difficult, and now it just seems to be amplified," said Feed Nova Scotia's Karen Theriault.

With many businesses shutting down and laying off staff, food banks are getting more calls every day, including from those who have never accessed the service before.

"And then there are the people who are self-isolating for whatever reason who don't have the ability to get out to the grocery store, who may not have that same social network that some of  us have, to have friends and family go out and access groceries," she told NEWS 95.7's The Sheldon MacLeod Show. "So it is a lot of stress."

Theriault said staff at food banks across the province are doing their best to continue operating and are making adjustments to comply with social distancing.

"Some food banks have put in place appointment-only systems, some are having people drive into the parking lot and taking the food out to the trunk of the car so they don't have to come in," she explained.

Food Banks Canada - which directly supports 650 food banks across the country - is aiming to raise $150-million to help fund the need for food for at least the next 90 days.

"Feed Nova Scotia and in turn, our member agencies will benefit from that," Theriault said.

"Every single dollar counts. We know we are in this for the long haul," she added. "We are looking for emergency food support right now but we will see increased demand each month going forward as the realities of this hit home for people."

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