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.

Education
40%
Breakfast Programs
60%

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Amazing!! Thank you Yellowknife! And of course, Canadian Tire!Woohoo! We SOLD OUT of the 1500 duck tickets! $7500 will be donated to Food First Foundation and $7500 will be donated to Canadian Tire Jumpstart. Both charities help kids in our community! AMAZING! Be sure to watch your duck's progress on Cabin Radio NWT from July 13th to 17th! ...

Amazing!!  Thank you Yellowknife!  And of course, Canadian Tire!

Ever wonder what $20,000 in grocery gift cards looks like??

Here is our coordinator, Tess, with gift cards bound for Yellowknife Education District No. 1 and Yellowknife Catholic Schools families.

We’re grateful to the Government of Canada and @communityfoodcentrescanada for providing essential funding to
help us offer emergency food relief in our community. Thanks @JustinTrudeau @mclaudebibeau @AAFC_Canada!
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Ever wonder what $20,000 in grocery gift cards looks like??

Here is our coordinator, Tess, with gift cards bound for Yellowknife Education District No. 1 and Yellowknife Catholic Schools families.

We’re grateful to the Government of Canada and @communityfoodcentrescanada for providing essential funding to
help us offer emergency food relief in our community. Thanks @JustinTrudeau @mclaudebibeau @AAFC_Canada!

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What an amazing support!

Great news 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

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Last day to get your duck at Canadian Tire. Thank you, Yellowknife, for your support! And thanks to Cabin Radio NWT for broadcasting the event starting July 13th 🙂 ...

Last day to get your duck at Canadian Tire.  Thank you, Yellowknife, for your support!  And thanks to Cabin Radio NWT for broadcasting the event starting July 13th :)

Only a few more days left to get your duck at Canadian Tire and compete in a week-long race to win big in Canadian Tire gift cards! Watch online with Cabin Radio NWT as the ducks take on Cameron Falls...and support NWT school food programs at the same time! ...

Only a few more days left to get your duck at Canadian Tire and compete in a week-long race to win big in Canadian Tire gift cards!  Watch online with Cabin Radio NWT as the ducks take on Cameron Falls...and support NWT school food programs at the same time!

Schools around the NWT have been hard at work continuing to provide food to their students in need since schools closed due to COVID-19.

At Mezi Community School in Whati, staff has been delivering food hampers to families in the community, providing food security and maintaining a connection with students: "As people who work at school we miss our students. Delivering food hampers allowed us to see and communicate with the families of our students. Delivering food to their doors also means that we are creating positive bonds between the school and community which is amazing!"

Thanks to Breakfast Club of Canada / Club des petits déjeuners for supporting this initiative along with many others throughout the NWT. #LocalHeroes #BreakfastClubCanada
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Schools around the NWT have been hard at work continuing to provide food to their students in need since schools closed due to COVID-19.

At Mezi Community School in Whati, staff has been delivering food hampers to families in the community, providing food security and maintaining a connection with students: As people who work at school we miss our students. Delivering food hampers allowed us to see and communicate with the families of our students. Delivering food to their doors also means that we are creating positive bonds between the school and community which is amazing!

Thanks to Breakfast Club of Canada / Club des petits déjeuners for supporting this initiative along with many others throughout the NWT. #LocalHeroes #BreakfastClubCanadaImage attachment
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Thank you to our supporters!