Thousands of Nova Scotian families received a Christmas hamper from Feed Nova Scotia this year.
Nick Jennings, executive director for Feed Nova Scotia tells News 957 the organization began the planning process of insuring a Christmas dinner for all Nova Scotians back in October - on top of of the daily task of already providing 20,000 pounds of food across the province.
"We supported about 7,000 households for Christmas support this year, and that was a lot," said Jennings.
The hamper program is 100 per cent community funded, and largely a community effort. Jennings thanks local farmers, who donated 32,000 kilograms of fresh produce in addition to the 4,500 turkeys collected to create baskets that included turkeys, root vegetables, apple pie and gift certificates for the kids.
With the help of about 30 community groups and 26 agencies like food banks Feed Nova Scotia was able to compile a list of those in need this season, collect enough food to go around and deliver it to all corners of the province.
"We put together the logistics to make sure that those baskets are not only pulled together, but they actually get delivered to those in need. And that's a difficult thing to do," he said.
Nova Scotia has the highest amount of food insecurity of any province, with one in 21 residents registered for support at a food bank. Jennings said the number of those in need remained stagnant when compared with last years number.