A: On Friday and Saturday, September 22-23, people across Nova Scotia will gather at the same time in hundreds of different locations to share the magic of food with one another while raising funds for Feed Nova Scotia. It’s a province-wide potluck party that’s fun, customizable, and accessible to everyone.
Q: Who will host and how does it work?
A: Anyone can host! Individuals, business owners, politicians, regional managers, companies, coworkers, teams, clubs— the list is endless! Once a host signs up, they’ll set up an online page and invite guests.
Q: How are you raising funds?
A: In addition to bringing a dish to share with everyone at the potluck, guests will be asked to make a monetary donation to Feed Nova Scotia. It’s a fundraiser after all, so pay it forward. Bring a dish for your friends, and a monetary donation for a family in need.
Q: Are there other ways to donate if I don’t want to do it online?
A: Online donations are best so we can track and celebrate funds raised in the weeks leading up to the event. If you or your guests prefer to donate with cash or cheques (payable to Feed Nova Scotia), make sure to include a note that says the donations are part of Nova Scotia’s Biggest Potluck, and include the name of the party host. Also include the full name and mailing address for each individual donor so tax receipts can be issued. And lastly, make sure they arrive safely at Feed Nova Scotia, 213 Bedford Highway, Halifax NS B3M 2J9.
Q: How do you calculate the number of meals a donation provides?
A: Every $2 donation allows Feed Nova Scotia to distribute enough food for three meals to our member food banks, meal programs, and shelters.
Q: What’s an Early Bird Donation?
A: Early Bird Donations are collected more than a week before the event date. Fundraise over $100 by September 15 and you’ll be eligible for prizes! Stay tuned for updates, and don’t wait until the day of your potluck fundraise!
Q: I’m in. What now?
A: Click HOST A POTLUCK and start planning and collecting donations!
Our mission is to feed Nova Scotians in need, and to reduce that need. To achieve this, we distribute almost 2 million kilograms of donated food to our network of 146 food banks, meal programs, and shelters across the province. But our role extends beyond food. We support our members as they build capacity to serve their communities, and we raise awareness of the challenges hunger and poverty create each day for thousands of Nova Scotians.
Take a look at our annual report to learn more about us, the issues, and how we’re working with our members and the community to make a difference.
• More than 44,000 Nova Scotians access assistance from a food bank—one third are children.
• For every $2 we receive, we can distribute enough donated food to provide 3 meals worth of food to our member food banks, meal programs, and shelters.
• Last year we distributed 1.8 million kilograms of food—56% of that was perishable items like fresh vegetables and fruits, meat, and dairy products.
• More than 1 in 5 Nova Scotian children lives in poverty.
• Nova Scotia has the third highest rate of child poverty in Canada at 22.5%.
• 15.4% of households in Nova Scotia are food insecure.
Beyond the stats and figures are the Nova Scotians who struggle with food insecurity. See their stories and learn about the impact of your support.
If you think of some of your best memories, I bet food is somehow connected to many of them. There’s a quote that says the kitchen is the heart of every home, and I believe it. It’s where we create comfort and carry on family tradition. What comes out of the kitchen brings us together. Sharing food around a table doesn’t just provide sustenance, it feeds our soul.
And it’s something that shouldn’t be out of reach for anyone. So I’m hosting a potluck and fundraising for Feed Nova Scotia. Every time I sit around a dinner table and enjoy a meal, I want to know that Nova Scotians in need can do the same. And I hope you’ll help me reach my goal and make that possible. Every $2 I raise will allow Feed Nova Scotia to distribute enough food to provide three meals. And that means individuals and families struggling with food insecurity are not only getting the nutrition they need to thrive, but they’re creating lasting, happy memories. I know that’s something I can feel good about being a part of.