Food banks are under more pressure and have fewer resources heading into Nova Scotia’s first winter with COVID-19, organizers say.

Fifteen per cent of Nova Scotian households suffered from food insecurity in 2017/18, Statistics Canada reported earlier this year. Local food banks say the pandemic is increasing that demand.

Feed Nova Scotia Executive Director Nick Jennery said the charity normally delivers $1 million worth of food to 140 agencies each month. It has sustained that output while starting a new provincewide home delivery program, Jennery said.