Nova Scotia

Food bank use jumps in Truro

About 800 families are using the food bank in Truro every month, up from 500 a year ago.

About 800 families are using the food bank in Truro every month, up from 500 a year ago.

Many clients told CBC News they can't afford the increasing cost of groceries, gas and electricity.

"I see people here I never thought I'd see here in my life. Pretty bad when you work every day and you end up here," said Glenn Watson.

Mary DeAdder, co-ordinator of the Colchester Food Bank, said it's been very busy.

"There are not that many jobs out. There are layoffs and a lot more layoffs coming," she said. "The cost of fuel, the cost of food, where is it going to go?"

In Canada, gasoline prices are up 18.9 per cent since last year. Food increased 3.3 per cent, with the cost of fresh vegetables specifically up by 18.6 per cent.

Of all the provinces, Nova Scotia had the highest rise in consumer prices, at 3.9 per cent.

DeAdder said as prices go up, more people come to the food bank. They even had to relax their rule of one visit a month.

The food bank is receiving enough donations to keep the shelves stocked this spring.

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