During their busiest time of the year, it’s important to acknowledge that food banks are not the cure to food insecurity in Nova Scotia.

“I think during this time of year with the increased costs associated with holidays, people are really struggling,” says Patty Williams, director of FoodARC, an organization that works collaboratively with individuals affected by food insecurity to enhance the welfare of individuals and communities.

“Food banks have good intentions in terms of stepping in and trying to do something, and people have good intentions in terms of giving to food banks, but I think that despite these intentions, they’re not addressing the problem and are, in many ways, hiding the real issues.”