How Parker Street has grown
Parker Street is and continues to be an independent food bank that began providing food to low-income families in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1983.
Over the years we grew considerably as the need for our services increased. In 1995, we added a furniture bank, which we operated out of a second location. Four years later, we purchased and moved into a two-story warehouse in the heart of the city to consolidate the two operations. Yet the building sustained severe smoke and water damage in January 2001 due to a fire. Months of restoration work followed and, thanks to the support of the community, we held our grand opening of the Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank that October.
That same year, we also started offering computer-training courses in partnership with the Nova Scotia Community College. By providing people with basic Microsoft skills, we help to improve their employment prospects. We also began a successful computer-recycling program, restoring equipment for use in our classes, by our students at home, and by those in need.
In 2003, we purchased another building so we could expand our warehousing space, and food and furniture bank operations. It is also the site of our Skills Development Training Centre.
Today, demand for supplemental and emergency groceries remains as strong as ever. Parker Street Food & Furniture Bank provides food to approximately 250 families per week throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality.