Shae-Lynn Rinas, left, and Robyn Rinas display a typical flat (also known as a bag) of food given out at the Inuvik food bank. A basic bag that a family of two qualifies for every two weeks contains two cans of fruit, two cans of vegetables, two cans of pasta sauce, two cans of beans, two cans of soup, one package of pasta and two packs of Kraft Dinner. - NNSL file photo
Need towers over food bank supply
Food Banks Canada demands federal support for Northern food security
Northern News Services
Published Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 NWT
Northern Canada's hunger crisis attracted the attention of Food Banks Canada in its annual national report, Hunger Count 2012, released last Oct. 31.
Hunger Count 2012 states the insufficient number of food banks in the NWT means the need for emergency food is far more than what current numbers suggest.
Schmidt said one of the reasons food banks struggle in Northern communities is a lack of a donor base. Whereas southern food banks can more reliably count on donations from the community, businesses and the food industry, fewer of those supports are available at the same level in the NWT and other territories.10