The Halifax Poor Man’s Friend Society was founded in Halifax by a local group of business and professional men who aimed to “. . . relieve the wants of the numerous poor, and destroy the system of public begging.” Society members regularly visited the poor to examine their state of need and offer assistance in the form of money, food, supplies or employment. By 1822, money was discontinued as a standard form of relief. In 1823, the society opened a soup kitchen to meet the increased demand for relief. Faced with public criticism and declining funds, the society disbanded on February 16, 1827.