TRURO, N.S. – One lone box of crackers sits on a shelf in the Salvation Army’s food bank.
The food bank room, which was overflowing at the first of the year, now has enough empty space to worry those who oversee it.
“When we have food drives it all comes in at once,” said Salvation Army Major Bruce Jennings. “We had to use a second room for supplies for a while, but it doesn’t take long for supplies to go down, especially during January and February, when people are spending a lot of money on fuel.”
About 95 families have used the food bank since Jan. 1.
“We’re an emergency-based service, and people can use this once every three months,” said Theresa Bezanson, administrative assistant at the church. “Sometimes people are just setting up and it’s a one-time thing; sometimes people who use the Colchester Food Bank require a little extra.
“Winter is really difficult, and summer is extremely busy because more people are relocating before school starts.”
They try to provide people with staples like cereal, peanut butter, beans, tinned or frozen vegetables, juice, crackers, pasta and sauce.
“We try to add little extras like cookies when we can, and baking supplies when we have them,” she said. “We have people with pets come in so it’s nice to have pet food and kitty litter.”
Diapers (sizes 3-5), personal hygiene products, peanut butter, margarine, eggs and milk (including plant-based milk) are most needed at the moment.
People hear about the food bank by word of mouth, 211 or through referrals.
The Salvation Army also assists people in emergency situations, both through the food bank and by giving them vouchers for the thrift store.
“It’s a serious situation; we definitely need donations,” added Bezanson.
Financial donations are also helpful, as they can be used to buy whatever is needed.
Donations can be taken to the church, at 14 Outram St., or the thrift shop, at 966 Prince St.