News release

Government Invests in New Food Bank

The government is investing $651,000 in a new food bank to be built in River John, Pictou County.

“These are challenging times for Nova Scotians and we must ensure community resources like food banks are supported,” said Community Services Minister Karla MacFarlane, on behalf of Pat Dunn, Minister of Communities, Culture, Tourism and Heritage. “The new food bank will help vulnerable Nova Scotians in River John and surrounding area get the food they need and help improve their food security.”

The Community Support Society of River John will operate the food bank, which will include an emergency food pantry, a community garden and greenhouses, and offer educational food literacy programs. The facility will also be used by local groups including the 4-H Club, local church groups, health services and the River John ladies’ group.


This funding demonstrates that we live in a province that cares about the most disadvantaged. It will help residents in and around the River John area to take care of each other and by doing so become even more resilient. John McKim, President, Community Support Society of River John

Quick Facts:

  • this is the first food bank in River John
  • the food bank will serve about 3,700 households
  • the Community Support Society is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization