July 13, 2016, Halifax, NS – In response to Feed Nova Scotia being critically low on food, Downtown Halifax Business Commission (DHBC) and Spring Garden Area Business Association (SGABA) are partnering with Feed NS to become drop-off locations for non-perishable food donations until August 31. DHBC and SGABA are also collecting donations of personal care items for Navigator Street Outreach “self-care packages” that will directly be put in the hands of the street-involved population in Downtown Halifax and the Spring Garden area.
Items needed for Feed Nova Scotia include: canned meat, soups and stews, canned vegetables, cereal, pasta, and pasta sauce. Items needed for the Navigator Street Outreach self-care packages include: shampoo, conditioner, toothbrushes, toothpaste, sunscreen, facecloths, deodorant, soap, feminine hygiene products, combs, brushes, and tissues.
Downtown Halifax Business Commission – 1546 Barrington Street, Suite 104, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
Spring Garden Area Business Association – 5670 Spring Garden Road, Suite 610, 9:00 am-5:00 pm
The Navigator Street Outreach is an initiative developed and supported by DHBC and SGABA. Started in 2007, the program provides homeless and street-involved individuals with support to address barriers to securing and maintaining employment and housing, support to navigate services around health, mental health and addictions support and partners with a variety of community agencies to ensure individuals receive the supports required to transition.
On June 6, Sacha Anderson was hired as the new Program Coordinator. Previously, Sacha has worked with First Nations communities on mainland Nova Scotia as part of a multi-disciplinary team member. Sacha has a background in social work and criminology with a diverse work experience in various communities in the province. Sacha has worked with various client populations that have experienced the complex cycle of poverty.
For those who wish to donate directly to Feed Nova Scotia, visit the Feed NS website at www.feednovascotia.ca for more information.