NWT organizations receive $640K in food security funding

The federal government announced this funding as part of the $100M emergency fund for food security in April.

Michael McLeod, left, and Jason Brinson, right, discussing food security at the Yellowknife Salvation Army. (Mariah Caruso/CKLB)

The federal government has contributed a one-time lump sum to help N.W.T organizations improve food security.

Michael McLeod, MP for the N.W.T, announced $640,000 in funding to respond to the increased needs of the community during the pandemic, as stated in a press release.

The funds will go to 19 organizations across the territory, including schools, food banks and Indigenous groups.

McLeod says he may revisit this funding in the coming years if the needs persist and that both the federal and territorial government “are working together to address food insecurity across the Northwest Territories.”

The Salvation Army Yellowknife will be providing resources and support to not only Yellowknife but surrounding communities, such as Whatì, Behchokǫ̀, Fort Providence, Fort Simpson and Hay River.

This funding “will allow us to expand beyond the city of Yellowknife,” says Jason Brinson, executive director for Salvation Army Yellowknife.

In 2019, there were 1.1 million visits to food banks and 5.6 million meals served on average each month, across Canada.

Listed below are the recipients:

Chief Albert Wright School $2,460
Chief Paul Niditchie School $1,260
Chief Sunrise Education Centre $2,250
Deh Gah Elementary and Secondary School $2,100
Deninu School $1,500
Food First Foundation $77,000
Mackenzie Mountain School $2,250
Princess Alexandra School $840
Yellowknife Education District No. 1 $8,400
YWCA NWT $3,600

Délı̨nę Got’ı̨nę Government $20,000
Food First Foundation $20,000
Yellowknife Catholic Schools $20,000

Hay River Committee for Persons with Disabilities $7,793
Inuvik Food Bank $98,357
Quyallidauyuot Emergency Food Bank $17,890
Yellowknife Salvation Army $255,179

The Salvation Army Yellowknife Corps and Resource Centre $31,000

Food First Foundation $20,000
Food Rescue Yellowknife $18,125
St. John’s Anglican Church (for Fort Smith Ecumenical Food Bank)$10,000
The SideDoor Ministries $20,000





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