Second Harvest has marked a milestone: our first-ever sea-lift shipment of food donations, bound for Iqaluit, Rankin Inlet, Arviat, Chesterfield Inlet, Kimmirut, Baker Lake, and Kinngait in Nunavut. As you read this, shipments of healthy shelf-stable food including rice, soup, lentils, chickpeas, pasta and hummus, as well as laundry detergent are entering the Labrador Sea to help stock cupboards in vulnerable communities. Here’s the journey so far.
The complexity of shipping to the North is an exciting new challenge for Second Harvest. We are grateful to our partners Uber Freight, Arctic Co-op, GetPaq, Inari and Global Medic for logistics support, donations of food and personal care supplies.
- Food insecurity in Canada’s remote North is at an all-time high and First Nations, Inuit and Métis people experience five to six times higher levels of food insecurity than the Canadian national average.
- The sealift is building on Second Harvest’s efforts to reach communities in the North, as we describe in Hearty, Yet Hungry: Northern Food Shipment Arrives in Aklavik which tells the story of how we distributed two planeloads of turkey breasts, chicken drumsticks, fries, canned salmon and eggs to this Northwest Territories hamlet.
- Lord Nikkel, the CEO of Second Harvest, presented on the topic of food security in the North, and the need for improved food systems and deliveries to northern communities.
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