KJIPUKTUK (Halifax) – “There were more nights I had to go to sleep hungry, because I had to feed my kids.” In this week’s Weekend Video, produced by Feed Nova Scotia, Sylvia tells us what a life on income assistance is like in Nova Scotia, and how it affected her children.
Readers of the Nova Scotia Advocate may well be already familiar with Sylvia. In May we commissioned her to write Lives on welfare: It eats away at your very core. It’s that post that so impressed the Feed Nova Scotia folks they wanted to make the video.
Feed Nova Scotia is 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.
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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