Nova Scotia

Tatamagouche opens first food bank

The village of Tatamagouche has opened its first food bank in time for the busy and expensive holiday season.

The village of Tatamagouche has opened its first food bank in time for the busy and expensive holiday season.

Donelda Lepper, one of the organizers of the food bank, said the village decided to start the service because the nearest food bank is in Truro — a drive that takes about 40 minutes.

Lepper said many are struggling to make the trip.

"It's the cost of gas to go over the mountain to Truro," she told CBC News on Tuesday.

"I used to like to go over every week myself, but I don't go to Truro every week anymore because of the cost of gas."

Lepper said many people in the community are seasonal workers who depend on Employment Insurance in the winter.

"Most of the jobs in Tatamagouche are minimum wage jobs. It's hard to save for that time period that you're waiting for cash," she said.

"We understood the need was out there so we're hoping the people will come."

The local Foodland store held a food drive and helped raise enough money for the food bank to open in time for the holiday season. Volunteers will hand out hampers every Tuesday until Christmas.

Lepper said the board of the food bank will meet in the new year to assess whether there's enough need to continue the service.

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