This year, in lieu of the usual Beaver Tails and other treats and community initiatives for Nunavut Day, Canadian North made donations to the Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank and the Iqaluit Breakfast in a Bag program.
The Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank
The Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank (NNNFB) was founded in 2001 as a Nunavut registered non‐profit society to help reduce hunger in Iqaluit and Nunavut. The number of families served has grown from around 30 to over 130. This number represents approximately 500 individuals, with 47 per cent of them under the age of 18.
NNNFB is fully administered and operated by volunteers from the community, with approximately 100 registered volunteers. All funds used to operate are donated from businesses, organizations, and individuals. The NNNFB does not receive funding from Federal or Territorial sources. The 2015 annual budget was $80,000. Ninety‐eight per cent of all funds received are used directly to purchase food for clients. The remaining funds are used for distribution space rent, director’s insurance, and printing, postage, and fundraising expenses.
Collaboration with the Qayuqtuvik Society (Soup Kitchen) is done on a regular basis, sharing food resources for community events. A partnership with the Uquutaq Society (Men’s Shelter) helps spread donated food around to those in need from both food resources as well.
The Iqaluit Breakfast in a Bag program
The Iqaluit breakfast program, spearheaded by Jamie Rochon, a student support assistant at Joamie Ilinniarvik School, and run by a group of volunteers, provides approximately 250 breakfast bags for kids in Iqaluit each day during the school term. Donations enable the program to give out nutritious breakfasts that include milk, cereal, fruit, cheese, and yogurt. With more funds, the plan is to hopefully add additional items like juice boxes, granola bars and lunch meats.