Sirivik Soup Kitchen in InukjuakCommunity Projects
Inukjuak Soup Kitchen Project
Inukjuak Soup Kitchen Project
2018 – Sirivik Soup Kitchen
Saturviit has been a proud supporter of the community kitchen in Inukjuak since it first opened in 2013. After 5 successful years and growth, the community kitchen is now starting a second phase of development: on April 26th, 2018, they celebrated the official opening of the new operational kitchen: the Sirivik Soup Kitchen.
The main goal of the Sirivik Soup Kitchen is to decrease food insecurity by having permanent, reliable and durable services available in Inukjuak. They accomplish this through partnerships, outreach, and activities, including:
- Feeding the population in need (soup kitchen and emergency freezer)
- Providing teaching tools so the individual will gain skills and confidence
- Community involvement and social reintegration
Currently the 250 meals per week are distributed to Elders (delivered by PLA community worker) and they also fill up an emergency freezer for the Social services clients, PLA, SIPPE and midwifes so they can give away food for their clients in urgent need. Between January and July 2018 Sirivik has served approximately 3 500 meals – which is a major increase from previous years. The community satisfaction is high. Sirivik has a strong partnership with different local ressources so in the near future, activities around cooking for the population will be available. Sippe uses the kitchen for pregnant women to cook where they learn basic cooking skills and bring what they cooked home. Next year they would like to do more educational outreach along with the regular Soup Kitchen.
Sirivik partners: Without them this Soup Kitchen would not have been possible. A big thank you goes out to all partners! Family House helped out a lot and let us use their locale to cook until we had our own. Many generous donations were received by Coop/Northern/Pigiursavik. NV Inukjuak supported us with the public services, the building, and housing for the renovation material and labour. Saturviit continues to help with financial management and administrative challenges. Attiraq women association for letting us use their building for the Soup Kitchen. Financial support has come from Brighter Future NRBHSS, KRG Sustainable Employment Department, Makivik Ungaluk Program, NRBHSS Diabetes Prevention, and Fonds conjoncturel de développement (FCD) through the Ministère des Affaires municipales et de l’Occupation du territoire (MAMOT).
All the volunteers and partners were very enthusiastic about the project, this positiveness made it possible for Inukjuak to have this Soup Kitchen running.
The Sirivik team also makes an effort to include as much as possible everybody in the process. Food gathers people together and this is beautiful to witness. Sharing has a magical effect on the heart; volunteers keeps coming back wanting to help again. Sharing heals and creates connections, heart connection…and food is the ingredient.
March 29, 2018: Press release of Quebec government support for the Inukjuak Soup Kitchen
History of the Community Kitchen Project in Inukjuak: 2013-2016
With funding from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada’s Community Innovations Program, channelled through Makivik and KRG’s socio-economic development programs, Saturviit administered $118,500 over 3 years to support the Inukjuak Community Kitchen – a pilot project targeting food insecurity at the community level.
Inukjuak was one of 3 Nunavik communities selected to operate such a community kitchen. Over the span of 3 years, the project’s local advisory group was challenged to find a suitable kitchen location, to staff the weekly hot meal and bannock programs, to enlist a core of volunteers for kitchen assistance and delivering meals to elders, and to involve community members in need.
Primary services were providing weekly hot meals to individuals on social assistance, single parent families, and elders. An additional service, recognizing the need, was to maintain a supply of family-size frozen meals for emergency distribution by social workers. The project evolved through partnerships within the community – with family house, workforce training centre, community health and social workers.
During 3 years, more than 3,600 meals were provided to individuals and families in need, countless rings of bannock were distributed to elders, and scores of volunteers (mainly from the job readiness and young women’s group home) were recruited and became committed to the project. A renovated trailer donated by the municipality is now the central location for the project, and a formal project evaluation has given high marks for nutrition and cost-effectiveness of meal production.
The next task is to turn the pilot project into a sustainable community resource.