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Anniumapkainiq Food Bank Committee

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Summary of the Initiative

Our goal is to provide food  for families in need in Gjoa Haven such as country food (frozen, dried, ground meat, ribs and filleted), caribou Meat, musk-ox meat and fish (char/trout) and other food items – dry goods, canned, frozen etc.


Housing crisis: overcrowded homes, homelessness, cost of living, unemployment, etc. Lack of funds to support collaboration due to other communities requesting for similar funds.


Community support during BINGO provides for important donations.

Traditional Knowledge

Country Foods Program
Hunter’s and Trapper’s Organization provides country food when available.

P.O.Box 10 Gjoa Haven NU X0B 1J0

Sarah Kamimmalik


[email protected]

Lead Organization

  • Anniumapkainiq Food Bank Committee
Other Groups / Organizations
  • Roman Catholic Church
  • Community Wellness Centre (breakfast program)
  • Elders Lunch program
  • Moms and Tots program for prenatal and young mothers
Primary Goals

  • The Anniumapkainiq Food Bank Committee had initially raised money through Lottery License proceeds and decided that rather than purchasing food locally (very expensive), to instead have food shipped through freight averaging two sea canisters of food. The committee aims to provide food to families in need – unemployed, overcrowded homes, homeless, senior citizens, youth and infants alike. Gjoa Haven being one of the top three most expensive communities in Nunavut as stipulated by Health Canada statistics, it is a constant struggle to adequately feed all in need. Country food is our main dietary source of food and there is always a huge demand for country food – caribou meat, muskox meat and fish. Country foods and other foods are too expensive to purchase at local stores.


  • Donations
  • Other
    • Cash or food donations from some provincial areas.

Funding Sources

  • Prizes/donations
  • Government of Nunavut’s Department of Economic Development and Transportation: Country Food Program