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Feed The Hungry

Feed The Hungry And Look Great Doing It!

Grapes that cost $28.  Peanut butter priced at $17.  A loaf of bread for $6. 

All across Canada’s North, people are faced with these prices when they go grocery shopping.  Because of the remoteness of many communities, healthy food is so expensive that many families go without.  It’s a problem that many have said the government needs to fix.  And that’s quite true, the government should do something more than what they already are to lower the crazy high prices of food in the North.

In the meantime however, grassroots organizations like Helping Our Northern Neighbours have sprung up over the past couple of years.  They try to either match someone from the South to a family from the North, or they support Northern food banks, schools, churches and other community organizations that work to provide affordable food.

I, along with many readers here at Welcome To The Zoo, have teamed up to sponsor a family through Helping Our Northern Neighbours.  Our sponsored family lives in Fort Ware/Kwadacha, British Columbia, and we’ve committed to sending them boxes of food through the year.


In 2015, we were able to send 4 boxes of pantry staples.  And, because of the generosity of one individual, we were able to send a box of brand new hats, mitts and scarves, and another box of new adults and children’s socks to the elementary school in Fort Ware!

I’d like to continue our sponsorship through 2016, and possibly even expand it to include another family too.  But to do that, I’ll need your help!

I’m launching an online Shop, right here on Welcome To The Zoo.  The proceeds from all sales will go straight to our Feed The Hungry fund and be used to pay for shipping costs to send non-perishable food to our sponsored family.


Right now, the Shop is selling these cute handmade ruffle scarves.  They come in several colours (more colours to be added soon!) and they’ll look great with your winter outfits!  Shipping is a flat rate, so buy one for yourself, and one or two to give to others.  At $10 a piece, you can’t go wrong!


What colour scarf would you like to see in the Shop?

 This is a fun video about the high grocery prices in Nunavut.  Our sponsored family is on the other side of Canada, but the prices are comparable!

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Megan is a WAHM to 3 (and then some) kids, who spends the majority of her time working as an Administrative Assistant, blogging and washing dishes. She loves to write about her adventures in parenting, running a home daycare, adoption and whatever else strikes her fancy!


  1. Jaime Nicole

    Wow, I can’t even imagine paying those kind of high prices! There are services in the US through Amazon where you can get pantry items – are those services available in Canada yet?
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  2. Alli

    I can’t imagine grapes costing $28! What a great way to help your northern neighbors by sending pantry items. I won’t be complaining about the cost of groceries here any time soon. I’m all for giving to others and helping people who are going through hard times. What a sweet thing you are doing.
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  3. Jenn @ EngineerMommy

    Wow, those are high prices for groceries! I love those ruffled scarves and I love that they are handmade. During the Winter, I wear a scarf almost every day!!

  4. Travel Blogger

    This is so wonderful! There are so many people right in our own communities that need help. What a wonderful cause!

  5. Terri

    This is such a wonderful thing that ya’ll are doing! I gasp at the prices of fresh fruits and veggies here, I cannot imagine having prices like that! Your scarves are beautiful by the way!
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  6. Franc Ramon

    A lot of people go hungry. The little things we do can really make a difference. It’s really great to support initiatives like this.
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  7. Janna

    This is amazing! I’m glad people like you are trying to help others. A lot of people go hungry everyday and sometime we forget that. Great job to everyone involved!

  8. Clara

    Those prices are why the middle class is about to not exist anymore. Many thanks for organizations like this..

  9. Nicole

    What a great scarf for a wonderful cause. I am totally astounded by the pricing of ‘food staples’, the grassroots movement that you are involved in is truly wonderful and inspiring.

  10. Jenny

    28$ for grapes? WHAT?! the price of food is getting ridiculous. it’s gonna get to the point where no one is gonna be able to feed their families at all. its all those chems. thats what we’re paying for. the chems. ORGANIC FTW!!

  11. Chantal

    These are realities that a lot of Canadians don’t even know exist. This is a great program that have teamed up with

  12. Shana

    Wow those prices are pretty steep. It’s nice to see people helping make people are fed.

  13. Rebecca Swenor

    This is indeed a great campaign and a great way to pay it forward. Kudos to you all for the help you are giving to others. These scarfs are gorgeous and the shop is an amazing idea. Pinks and blues are always colors people love. Thanks for all you do.

  14. Stephanie of The TipToe Fairy

    Wow, I can’t believe those prices! I can’t imagine struggling to pay for such basics. I think it’s wonderful that you are helping others!
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  15. aaronica @ the crunchy mommy

    this is heartbreaking that these things are so expensive.

    it’s so great that you are out here raising money and awareness!!! will be sharing!

  16. Kiwi

    Wait a minute! Why would grapes ever be $28 dollars?? Just why? Glad you are trying to help with the issues and good luck with your sponsorship!

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