Who We Are

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.

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 Are Doing

Funders can choose where they want to see their funding spent, the NWT, Nunavut or even a specific region, town or school. The need varies from community to community, so we can work with you to ensure your donations go where you’d like.

Breakfast Programs


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9 hours ago

Food First Foundation

The NWT has the second highest prevalence in Canada of children living in food insecure households at 30%. These children often rely on school food programs to eat, but with school closures due to COVID-19, their access to food may be limited.

BUT, many hard-working principals and teachers in schools across the territory are helping to keep families in need afloat by providing everything from breakfast hampers to grocery gift cards.

Food First has set up a COVID-19 Relief Fund for school food initiatives. Money will be distributed to schools who are running food programs in their communities to help these families in need!

If you can, please consider donating to this fund via our website: www.foodfirst.ca. Click on the "Support Us" button and write "COVID-19 Relief Fund" in the "Message for Food First Foundation" box.


We need your help. Most local food supply places our clients depend on have closed. This is devastating for many of our clients who don't have immediate access to food to feed their families. If you can, please donate grocery gift cards for us to distribute to clients who need them. Cards can be mailed to the YWCA NWT at Box 1679, Yellowknife NT X1A 2P3. For more info, email giving@ywcanwt.ca. Thank you for supporting families during this difficult time! ...


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