KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – In this powerful video Nova Scotians who know about welfare first hand are asked to describe Income Assistance in three words. It takes them all of 49 seconds to tell us that social assistance in Nova Scotia is broken.
The video is produced by the wonderful people of Feed Nova Scotia, the organization that coordinates the activities of 147 food banks and meal programs across the province. Here is how you can support them, and no, it’s not just money or food donations it is asking for.
In 2016 food bank use in Nova Scotia spiked 20.9% over the previous year—the highest increase among provinces in the country. It’s also a 40.9% increase over 2008.
The largest primary source of income category among households assisted by food banks in Nova Scotia continues to be Income Assistance, this year at 56.5%.
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