I have been watching this group grow and as you know having lived up in the north for a number of years, I truly do understand the high costs of living there.
Normally, here in my local area, I am much more likely to give seeds, food plants and knowledge then I am to fund a local food bank.. each person finds their own balance.. I like to do things like Grow a row or donate to local community garden programs.
But the simple truth of the matter is.. none of that can done for someone way up in the high artic..
After talking it over with my hubby, we have asked and accepted a elder in a small hamlet in Nunavut.
I will be posting on it thought out the year now and again.. I will need to do a total switch in how I think in regards to shopping.. Thankfully I have a goodly number of years of ordering on the sealift under my belt to give me a helping hand on this.
Here is my general list at the moment (which will be updated once the box is ready)
- Salt, Pepper, Montreal Steak Spice
- Two bars of soap
- One tub of hand lotion
- Solid Chocolate bars
- Mixed Nuts
- Jerky and soft pouched meats
- Dried soups, think Knorr
- Instant flavoured Oatmeals
- Whole Powdered Milk
- A pound or two of lard
- Baking Powder
- Dried fruits
- Tea Bags
That what I have so far for the first box, I will need more info before I can tailor it more.. I am uncomfortable giving her real name so lets call her E, and all I know right now is that she is a single elder widow.
I would like to consider stretching things in the future, like more personal items, including wool socks etc in the right size. Perhaps she has a hobby, likes to knit or do puzzles or play card etc..
The nice thing about the program is that you can ask for a one off, or you can ask to be a regular (which they consider four boxes per year) you can ask for families in need, single mothers with children, or Elders raising their grandbabies, or Elders etc.
With the shutting down of local hunting due to herd sizes, with local hunting of sealife being allowed less and less, it makes them more and more in need, and the new food mail program is just NOT cutting it!