Inuvik's Muslim community opens Arctic Food Bank
Shelves are stocked with pantry items; organizers say they will stock food bank with local meat and fish
The Arctic Food Bank was announced in September of 2014. Located behind the Midnight Sun Mosque, its shelves are stocked with food from the Muslim Welfare Centre, a charity organization based in Toronto.
Muhammed Ali, the centre's vice president, says that people have been asking why his organization decided to help establish a food bank so far from Toronto.
Ali, who will be at Inuvik's Midnight Sun mosque today for the food bank's official opening, says that the centre is already stocked with pantry items like flour, rice, soup, and canned tuna, but that they aspire to provide more local fare to community elders soon.
"We will be working with the local hunters here, and with the fishing communities, to provide us the fish and caribou meet, reindeer meat, or whatever the local meats are," he says.
The Arctic Food Bank is the second in Inuvik, following the volunteer run Inuvik Food Bank. The official opening is at 2:00 p.m. local time Friday afternoon.