Kids in the Canadian North Will Be Helped by New National School Food Program

On Monday, a billion-dollar school food program was announced to improve the lives of kids in the Canadian North. This comes after it was revealed that four in 10 Nunavut children struggle with food security.

That is reported by Nunitsiaq News.

“Roughly 43 percent of children in Nunavut are struggling with food security, and we’re very confident that this will assist in alleviating some of the challenges that young people face, especially in the territory,” Gary Anandasangaree, the federal minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, said in an interview with Nunatsiaq News.

The federal government commits a billion dollars over 5 years to the program.

The aim is to provide around 400,000 children currently not served by existing school-based food programs. The Canadian government does not yet have a specific breakdown for how much funding will go toward Nunavut, Nunavik, or regional organizations.