In Inuktitut, ‘qajuqturvik’ means ‘place to get soup’. This captures the core of the Iqaluit Food Centre’s services, which is to provide emergency food access to community members in Iqaluit, Nunavut.
The Iqaluit Food Centre is a registered charity, open 365 days a year, providing over 200 healthy meals to community members daily. The Centre operates in Nunavut’s capital city of Iqaluit, a community of just under 8,000 residents. Our emergency daily meal service is accessed primarily by Iqalummiut who experience hunger, or lack access to food that is affordable, nutritious, and culturally relevant.
According to a 2015 Statistics Canada Report, more than one-third of households (36.7%) suffer from food insecurity in Nunavut. Access to healthy and affordable food has been a challenge for Nunavummiut for many years and it remains a public and political concern. While the Qajuqturvik Food Centre remains committed to providing emergency food access to community members, the Centre recognizes the need to move beyond providing this emergency access to addressing the root causes of food insecurity. As such we began increasing our services and programming to include cooking classes and workshops surrounding food skills and education, as we began to envision more long-term solutions to the challenges Iqalummiut face.