New Brunswick is the only province in Canada that provides direct funding to food banks, and this year a new program, the Community Food Resource Support Program, was introduced.

An evaluation committee was created to assess grant applications, and funding was allocated to each applicant based on New Brunswick’s food insecurity statistics, the Food Banks Canada Hunger Count, and additional information provided by each food bank to demonstrate their need, explained Department of Social Development communications officer, Anne Mooers.

The grant program was reviewed in collaboration with the New Brunswick Association of Food Banks, in response to their concerns that the previous program was not equal, and not transparent enough.

Every food bank received at least 90 per cent of the funding they requested. The program was redesigned with changes to criteria, and the review process to ensure that funding is available to all eligible food banks, and that it will respond to the individual circumstances of food banks on an annual basis.