Nova Scotia

Hantsport food bank closes during peak season

A Nova Scotia food bank that helps feed more than 50 families in Hantsport has been forced to temporarily close after its building was sold.

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Volunteers load Christmas hampers from the food bank. (CBC)

A Nova Scotia food bank that helps feed more than 50 families in Hantsport has been forced to temporarily close after its building was sold.

The community and volunteers who run the food bank say they hope it's only temporary.

While the new owners have offered them space, organizer Brian Bishop said it will be at least two months before they can reopen.

"At this point Feed Nova Scotia has an emergency number that we have provided to our clients and they can access any emergency needs through that number. And our churches as well, they are very aware of the needs of our clients and they have temporarily made arrangements as well," he said.

All week volunteers at the Hantsport food bank handed out hampers full of holiday food, each one stuffed more than usual.

"In addition we provided a gift certificates that can be used at the grocery store that will assist our clients through the closed period," said Bishop.

The closure comes at one of the worst possible time of year.

The region was hit hard with job losses in the last few months after the Hantsport mill shut down.

Bishop said Hantsport's slumping job market means there's more demand on the food bank.

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