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What does Food Insecurity mean?

Food insecurity is when you don’t know where your next meal is coming from.

Why are you helping?

There has always been a focus on helping starving people in other places, such as Africa, that sadly most Canadian’s don’t even realize that there are starving people right here at home. #lookup
Someone needs to step up and help our fellow Canadians.

Why are you helping in Northern Canada instead of in your local community?

Organizations in the south that aid in poverty reduction have vast resources. They have access to a large donor pool and to many businesses who donate on a regular bases. Fly-in only communities in Canada do not have access to large donor pools or large businesses. Their donor resources are minimal.

What can I do to help?

We are grateful that you want to help alleviate hungry and poverty in Northern Canada. Please check out our How Can You Help page to see all of the easy ways you can help

Do you take Gifts in Kind?

Yes we do! If you live in the Waterloo Region and surrounding areas, we would be happy to pick up your donation of diapers, infant formula, infant cereal, and feminine hygiene products. Please send an email to make arrangements to

Do you take clothing donations?

At this time we are only accepting donations of brand new winter coats and boots that are temperature rated -35c or below. Unfortunately, we do not have the capacity to accept any other clothing donations. However, if you would like to ship warm clothing yourself we would be happy to provide you to mailing address of the Arctic Bay Food Bank.

Will I get an income tax receipt?

We have submitted our application with Canada Revenue Agency for chartable status and at this time it has not been processed, so unfortunately, we are unable to provide a receipt for income tax purposes at this time.

Why don’t people living in Nunavut move south?

  • The Arctic is the home of the Inuit. They have lived there for thousands of years.
  • It would cost $10,000 to $15,000 to move a family of 4.
  • Canada needs people living in Nunavut, as a show of sovereignty for the rest of the world. There are billions of dollars of minerals and oil in Nunavut

Why don’t they hunt for food?

  • Poverty in Nunavut prevents many people from subsisting entirely off the land.
  • Hunters travel by snowmobile, which requires gasoline. They also require guns and bullets to hunt large animals. Safety devices such as GPS and satellite phones add to the expense. This can cost a hunter more than $10,000.
  • Availability of traditional food such as caribou are affected by government restrictions due to climate change.