Construction starts on Potlotek food bank – The Journal Pioneer

POTLOTEK — Potlotek First Nation is getting a permanent food bank soon and Anita Basque says community members need it.

“A food bank was needed in the community years ago,” said the 61-year-old.

Basque is a band councillor and one of the leading volunteer organizers of the food bank. For the past three years, they’ve run a mobile food bank out of the community centre and the fisheries building. But the new building will give them the capacity for extra shelves and freezers.

The Mi’kmaq community has about 600 residents and is serviced by two convenience stores, so many people, Basque explained, travel to St. Peter’s, about 13 kilometres away, to buy groceries. Some even go as far as Port Hawkesbury and Sydney. So, people on social assistance need the food subsidy.

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