Food Bank Statistics

Statistics last updated February 25, 2014.

Individuals and Households Assisted by Food Banks, Nova Scotia, 2008-2013 (March of each year)

Key Points

  • In 2013, 21,760 Nova Scotians were assisted by food banks, 7.6% fewer than in 2012.
  • Although food bank usage decreased between 2012 and 2013, it has increased by 28.6% between 2008 and 2013.
Individuals and Households Assisted by Food Banks, Nova Scotia, 2008-2013 (March of each year)
2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013
Individuals assisted 16915 20,344 22,573 22,505 23,561 21,760
Households assisted 7,926 9,605 10,840 10,814 10,626 9,789
Source
Food Banks Canada, Hunger Counts reports.

Individuals Assisted by Food Banks by Select Demographics, Nova Scotia, 2013 (March)

Key Points

  • In 2013, one in three food bank clients in Nova Scotia (32%) were children.
Individuals Assisted by Food Banks by Select Demographics, Nova Scotia, 2013 (March)
Percentage Number
Women 45.5% 9,901
Children under 18 32.0% 6,963
Seniors aged 65+ 4.5% 979
Aboriginal persons 3.9% 849
Immigrants/ refugees 3.8% 827
Total 21,760
Source
Food Banks Canada, Hunger Counts reports.

Households Assisted by Food Banks by Household Type, Nova Scotia, 2013 (March)

Key Points

  • In 2013, single people made up 44% of all households assisted by food banks in Nova Scotia.
  • Another 43% of food bank clients that year were families with children.
Households Assisted by Food Banks by Household Type, Nova Scotia, 2013 (March)
Percentage Number
Single-parent families 21.7% 2,124
Two-parent families 21.3% 2,085
Couples with no children 13.1% 1,282
Single people 43.9% 4,297
Total 100.0% 9,789
Source
Food Banks Canada, Hunger Counts reports.

Distribution of Households Assisted by Food Banks, by Income Source, Nova Scotia, 2013 (March)

Key Points

  • The majority of food bank clients, 56% in 2013, were recipients of Income Assistance (IA).
  • Over 70% of food bank clients in 2013 relied on different income support programs (IA, disability-related income supports, and Employment Insurance).
Distribution of Households Assisted by Food Banks, by Income Source, Nova Scotia, 2013 (March)
Percentage Number
Social Assistance 56.4% 5,521
Job Income 11.4% 1,116
Disability-related income support 11.0% 1,077
Pension 8.9% 871
Employment Insurance 5.2% 509
Other 3.3% 323
No Income 3.1% 303
Student loans/scholarships 0.7% 69
Total 100.0% 9,789
Source
Food Banks Canada, Hunger Counts reports.

Distribution of Households Assisted by Food Banks, by Housing Arrangement, Nova Scotia, 2013 (March)

Key Points

  • About two thirds of food bank clients, 67% in 2013, were renting apartments from the private rental market.
  • Another 13% of food bank clients were renting social housing apartments.
Distribution of Households Assisted by Food Banks, by Housing Arrangement, Nova Scotia, 2013 (March)
Percentage Number
Rental market tenants 67.2% 6,578
Homeowners 14.4% 1,410
Social housing tenants 13.4% 1,312
Living with family or friends 2.6% 255
Band-owned housing 1.9% 186
Shelter or group home 0.4% 39
Living on the street 0.1% 10
Total 100.0% 9,789
Source
Food Banks Canada, Hunger Counts reports.

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