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Halifax is the largest Nova Scotia's (Canada) city at approximately 300,000 people. It is a great place to generally come upon free things, clothes, books, trinkets, etc. There are a few dumpsters in Halifax worth visiting, though they are pretty frequently picked through.

Dumpster diving

  • Planet Organic on Quinpool Rd. (Last checked: Aug.2013)
  • Lebanese Bakery on Agricola Street (Last checked: Oct.2011)
  • Needs Convenience on Windsor Street (Last checked: Oct.2011)
  • Pizza corner (trio of pizzerias downtown on the corner of Blowers and Grafton) is a great place to amble through on a weekend night and glance in the street trash cans. Many a slice with just a bite taken out of... etc... (Last checked: Oct.2011)
  • Salvatore's on Young Street (Last checked: October.2011)

Also check most Tim Hortons and Mark's Work Wearhouse.

Community and free meals

There's a large community of anarchists, punks, artists, travelers, and just plain scavengers in the North end of the city, so asking around is always worthwhile. If you are in need, ask about the lovely youth drop-in centre in North End Halifax, near the corner of Cunard and Gottingen. They're open for lunch and dinner, but close from 2-4pm.

Hope Cottage on Brunswick Street serves free dinner a few nights a week.

Laing House (in the South End) is a community centre for youth living with mental illness, and they serve free meals, as well as provide resources such as clothing, etc.

Some of the best food banks around are in Halifax. The Parker Street Food and Furniture Bank on Maynard St. give out food Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays between 8:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Registration starts one half-hour before order times. You can only go every 3 weeks. If you have a Canadian Health card, great, if not, don't tell them, just say you've just moved there, and you haven't applied for one yet. You may have to give an address (they won't check it, it can be fake) It can be a bit of a wait, but it's worth it for the amount of food you get.

Food Not Bombs

Halifax has its own FNB:

  • Lunch on Sunday at 1pm in front of the Library on Gottingen Street;
  • Supper on Wednesday at 5:30pm in front of the library on Spring Garden Road.

Website: http://foodnotbombs.h-a-z.org

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