The money that we raise stays in the NWT, and the vast majority of it goes directly to schools.
NWT schools are on the frontlines of battling food insecurity in Northern communities. The teachers, administrators and support staff who run these programs know their communities and know their students, and work hard to make sure they are taken care of.
We’ve heard stories of school principals making breakfast items in their home kitchens daily to bring into school, or school staff driving into larger neighbouring communities every weekend to pick up groceries for their school food programs.
Kids should not be trying to learn on an empty stomach, and schools should not be struggling to feed their students just so they can focus throughout the day.
Food First wants to help NWT schools help NWT kids, so they can grow, learn and thrive.
“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