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Sheutiapik: Communities split $200,000 in food security contributions from GN yearly

After announcing a $100,000 food security donation from the Government of Greenland to Iqaluit on Thursday, Minister Elisapee Sheutiapik, who's responsible for poverty reduction, was asked to share the wealth.

"Can we make sure that we also provide assistance to the communities because there are a lot of people experiencing food insecurity," said Amittuq MLA Joelie Kaernerk.

"Every year we provide funds for community food security initiatives," says Elisapee Sheutiapik, minister responsible for poverty reduction.
photo courtesy of the Government of Nunavut

Sheutiapik said the GN provides $200,000 annually to communities for food security and this year's contributions have already been disbursed. She listed them:
-$30,000 for the Spence Bay Hunters and Trappers Association - Taloyoak Harvester Food Distribution
-$43,450 for the Ilisaqsivik Society – Clyde River Hunter Apprentice Project
-$15,000 for the Coral Harbour HTA – Young Hunters Program
-$15,000 for Inuksuk High School in Iqaluit – School Ground Lunches
-$14,514 for the Hamlet of Gjoa Haven – Country Food Lunch Project
-$39,490 for the Nunavut Literacy Council in Rankin Inlet – Traditional Caribou Preparation
-$7,785 for the Eat Fit Project Society in Cape Dorset – Nutrition and Skill Development
-$26,500 for the Hamlet of Baker Lake – Food Security Education Project
-$2,000 for the Gjoa Haven Hydroponic Garden
-$5,000 for the City of Iqaluit – Elder Country Food Lunch

Kaernerk thanked her for the information and asked whether food banks can be given a donation without having to submit an application.

Sheutiapik said the funding program is proposal-based and there are also federal pots of funds available.