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Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank

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Summary of the Initiative

The Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank (NNNFB) was founded in 2001 as a Nunavut registered non-profit society to help reduce hunger in Iqaluit and Nunavut. The number of families served has grown from around 30 to over 130 in 2016. This number represents approximately 500 individuals, with 47% of them under the age of 18.
NNNFB is a fully administered and operated by volunteers from the community, with approximately 100 registered volunteers. All of the funds used to operate are donated from businesses, organizations, and individuals. The NNNFB does not receive funding from Federal or Territorial sources. The 2015 annual budget was $80,000. 98% of all funds received are used directly to purchase food for our clients. The remaining funds are used for our distribution space rent, director’s insurance, and printing, postage, and fund raising expenses.


Developing long-term sponsor relationships and commitments, and expanding the sponsor base outside Nunavut.
Maintaining consistency from year to year with a fully volunteer program in a transient community.
Expanding services to offer education and counseling around nutritional food selection, meal preparation, and positive decision making for a more healthier lifestyle.

Traditional Knowledge

We follow the Guiding Principles of the Hivunikhaliurutikhat, specifically;
Pijitsairmiq – Serving and providing for family and/or community.
Inuuqatigiitsiarniq – Respecting others, relationships and caring for people.
Tunnganarniq – Fostering good spirit by being open, welcoming and inclusive.
Aajiiqatigiinniq – Decision making through discussion and consensus.
Ikajuqtigiinniq – Working together for a common cause.
Qanuqtuurniq – Being innovative and resourceful.

P.O. Box 2085 Iqaluit, NU X0A 0H0

Stephen Wallick


[email protected]

Lead Organization

  • Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank
Other Groups / Organizations
  • We collaborate with our landlord the Qayuqtuvik Society (Soup Kitchen) on a regular basis sharing the food resources, and facility around community food events.
  • We also collaborate with the Uquutaq Society (Men's Shelter) helping spread donated food around to those in need from both of our food resources.
Other Collaborators

  • Qayuqtuvik Society
  • Uquutaq Society
  • St. Jude’s Anglican Church
  • Winnipeg Harvest Food Bank
  • Toronto Food Bank
  • Helping Our Northern Neighbors
  • Feeding my Family

Primary Goals

  • Our mission statement is “Hunger is not an option, if you have you share”
  • We provide emergency and supplemental food to those in need, twice per month. We
  • are also working with the Qayuqtuvik Society (Soup Kitchen) to create a Community Food
  • Centre model combining our efforts to teach healthy food purchase, preparation, eating
  • habits, and lifestyle. To become a sustainable program in the community.


  • Donations
  • Short term (up to 1 year)
  • Longer Term (over 1 year)
  • Other
    • We receive both financial, food, and gift-in-kind services like shipping, storage, and media promotions.

Funding Sources

  • Canada Red Cross
  • Food Banks Canada
  • Businesses
  • Organizations
  • Individuals