Food First Foundation • Educating For Health
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Nunavut Day Dinner

The Food First Foundation will be holding a fundraiser dinner on July 9, 2015 with one of Canada’s top chefs, Rich Francis. Funds raised will support breakfast programs in Nunavut. The fundraiser is proudly hosted by the Association Francophone du Nunavut. Doors open at 6 PM, and dinner will be served at 7PM.

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Breakfast for Champions

Diavik Diamond Mines sponsors a healthy breakfast for Super Soccer Athletes

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Healthy Easter Ideas

Healthy Easter Ideas

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Second De Beers ice road run in aid of NWT Food First Foundation

For the second time this month, the Chief Financial Officer of De Beers in Canada will run a 42 kilometre marathon on one of the company’s winter roads – this time to support school-based food programs in the Northwest Territories.

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Curry Lunch raised just under $2000 today

Curry Lunch raised just under $2000 today!

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Northland Utilities Helps Food First purchase Kitchen Equipment for Taste Makers Program

Northland Utilities Helps Food First purchase Kitchen Equipment for Taste Makers Program

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Simplistic Hair Studio Donates $500

Simplistic Hair Studio donates to Food First Foundation

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NWTTA donates to Food First Foundation

NWTTA donates to Food First Foundation

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United Way NWT Donates to Food First Foundation

A Great Big Thank you to United Way NWT for donating $6364.00 to Food First Foundation to help purchase much needed kitchen equipment to supplement our Taste Makers Cooking Program

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About Us

Food First is a registered charity whose mission is to support nutrition education programs in schools with the goal of encouraging a healthy population of children and youth for future generations. In 2012 we decided to see what we can do in Nunavut and elected a board member there to keep us in the loop.

The Issues

The problems associated with nutrition are so large that even communities doing relatively well still need help. Recent studies indicate that nearly 70% of Northern students do not consume enough fruits and vegetables for optimal health; as well, many do not reach the daily dairy servings recommended by the Canada Food Guide, putting them at risk for cancers, diabetes, osteoporosis and other chronic diseases. Children are too often overfed and undernourished.

Inadequate nutrition leads to poor concentration, classroom behavioural issues, higher absenteeism, low self esteem and reduced scholastic success. Healthy food provides the nutrients children need to be attentive and enthusiastic in school, increasing their ability to concentrate, learn and develop into outstanding adults.

What We Do

Funders can choose where they want to see their funding spent, the NWT, Nunavut or even a specific region, town or school. We offer two options.

Educate

Education is our primary focus as an organisation "Give a person a fish and you feed them for a day, teach a person to fish and you feed them for a lifetime" is the core philosophy of our organisation. In the NWT we are currently operating the Taste Makers cooking program which complements the existing curriculum and brings it to life, we are looking to bring this into Nunavut in the near future.

Feed

We also run breakfast programs through a partnership with Breakfast Clubs of Canada in the NWT and Nunavut.

Who We Are

The Food First board is primarily made up of experienced nutritionists and educators who volunteer their time and bring immense expertise to the organisation. In addition to this Team Food First performs miracles at our events.

Our Board

  • Julie Bennet-Coad
  • Tanya Gillard
  • Katie Johnson
  • Trevor Johnson
  • Joanne McGrath
  • Tess Ondrack
  • Alison Tomczynski
  • Dane Mason
  • Elsie De Roose

Our Staff

Jill Stephenson, Coordinator

Our Supporters

Food First Foundation, NWT

A registered charity whose mission is to support nutrition education programs in northern schools.