About Us

Educating for Health

Our Vision

Is to have educated, nutritious conscious children and youth in the NWT

Our Mission

Is to support nutrition education programs with relevant, easy and fun programming.  We also want to support the schools with funding when its relevant and related to their cooking/snack programs.

Our History

In the early 2000’s it was identified that there was a food security issue in the NWT and many students were going to school hungry.  Over time, Food First Foundation has came to what it is now.  We continue to support nutritional education programs through Tastemakers and support breakfast and snack programs when needed.

Why Choose Us?

The money that we raise stays in the North and is utilized by Northerners.

The issues are real and vast, and we hope that our programs can help mitigate some of the hardships faced by the children and schools of the NWT.

Our programs vary tremendously, however, they all have a common goal – to allow for the schools to achieve success with the children.  Whether it be funding a breakfast program, providing educational materials or providing funding to purchase equipment for their cooking programs – Food First aims to make it easier for the teachers to teach.


“The opportunity that small schools receive because of Food First Foundation is incredible for staff and students moral as they receive new items for their home economic room. Over the years we have been able to have new small appliances, mixers and the like to help upgrade our kitchen. From the students and staff of Moose Kerr we send a big SHOUT OUT! in appreciation for this excellent opportunity that we receive.” – Velma Illasiak, Principal, Moose Kerr School

“…I am expressing our gratitude for once again allowing us to be participants in the Tastemakers Program.  It has been a wonderful experience for all involved.  Second, in response to the feedback received from both students and staff, I am delighted to endorse this program.

From the onset, our experience while participating in this program has been nothing but positive.  It was easy to register, resources are top notch and easily implemented and the funding accountability structure is not complicated.  Further, the program meets a number of our school objectives; healthy eating promotion; student collaboration; real-life learning experiences, etc.  Most importantly though, is how well the program has been received by our students…” – Pat Sullivan, Principal, Ecole St. Joseph School

Thank you to our supporters!