Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre (QCFC) is a registered charity that strives to strengthen health, belonging and food sovereignty in Iqaluit utilizing the power of tradition and community. We improve access to good food by supporting local harvesting, preparation, education, training, and advocacy. To this end we provide programming in the following areas:
- Food access: We provide a community meal served seven days a week at our facility.
- Food skills: Our culinary skills training program provides underemployed Iqalummiut with professional food service education and experience, and facilitates their entry into the workforce. We also provide cooking classes for elementary school children and plan to roll out other food-centric activities (community kitchens, workshops) in the future.
- Engagement and advocacy: When it comes to structural change, we need the ear of politicians and policy makers. We work to influence our leaders at the municipal, territorial and federal level to better support those in food-insecure environments.
QCFC is a partner site of Community Food Centres Canada (CFCC), a national organization that’s driving the development of CFCs across the country. The partnership with CFCC provides core funding and program support to QCFC to build up programming and further support community members’ access to food, resources, and supports. For more on Community Food Centres Canada, visit http://www.cfccanada.ca
Pre-employment Training Program – Our training program provides essential pre-employment skills to under and unemployed Iqalummiut, by giving them food service education and experience, and facilitates their entry into the workforce. Our trainees are a huge part of the QCFC community.
For more information: Emily
Community Meal – Lunch is provided free to the public five days a week. Meals are available as take-out or dine-in as capacity allows (dining room priority is given to Elders and families).
Sunday to Thursday, 12:00-12:45
All are welcome!
Kids’ Cooking Club is a 10-week hands-on food education program designed to help Grade 4 students develop cooking skills, food knowledge, and confidence in the kitchen. Students will learn about safe food handling, kitchen safety, knife skills, and how to follow a recipe.
Tuesdays, 3:45-5:00 pm
Registration is limited to Grade 4 students at Nakasuk Elementary School (information to be provided to students and parents by teachers)
FoodFit is a 13-week program designed by Community Food Centres Canada with support from the Public Health Agency of Canada that combines fun, hands-on cooking sessions and food-based activities with take-home recipes, easy-to-understand nutrition information, group exercise, shared meals, and individual and group goal-setting. The goal of the FoodFit program is to support participants to improve their health by eating healthier foods, being more physically active, and feeling part of a supportive community.
Wednesdays, September 30 – December 16, 5:30-8 pm
Food Bank – The bi-weekly Saturday Food Bank is a longstanding food access service provided by Niqinik Nuatsivik Nunavut Food Bank (NNNFB) to provide pantry essentials to community members. In spring 2020, QCFC and NNNFB began working together to expand the service to include fresh produce.
Every other Saturday, 11:00-12:00
All are welcome!
Healthy Food Boxes – The Healthy Food Box Program is an affordable food access service that provides fresh and healthy produce to Iqalummiut every other Thursday. The selection varies week-to-week and generally consists of a combination of 15-20 fruit and vegetables. We prioritize items that are grown in Canada.
Every other Thursday, 5:00-6:00 pm
To reserve boxes, visit our online store
Community Volunteer Income Tax Program – Free service to file income tax returns for those on low-incomes.
To request a meeting, contact Wade