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Helping Our Northern Neighbours

It’s time to send another box of food to our sponsored family in Fort Ware/Kwadacha! 

You can read more about why we’re sending food to a family here and here and you can learn more about our family and the community of Fort Ware/Kwadacha here, but here are the Coles Notes.


Because of the crazy high costs of shipping, many people (adults and children alike) in Canada’s remote north are unable to afford the basic groceries that we take for granted.  I, along with the amazing readers of Welcome To The Zoo, have adopted a family in Fort Ware, also known as Kwadacha.  Our packages are generally air dropped into Fort Ware, as the road in is only accessible in the warmer months.

Here is a video that demonstrates the remoteness of Fort Ware, and gives you a brief idea of the cost of food.  This is a news clip about dental students taking a “field trip” to Fort Ware, and it’s an interesting watch!

So far we’ve sent boxes of pantry items, canned foods and other necessities, and we’ve sent a box of brand new winter clothing to benefit not just our adopted family, but the rest of the community as well.

This time we’ve got another box of clothing and a box of food to make the long trek north. 

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The clothing is donated, and the food is inexpensive (Yay for No Frill’s Dollar Days!).  The shipping, however, is another story.

Shipping one box costs about $70-$100, depending on its weight.  Believe it or not, that cost, in addition to the cost of buying the food here in my hometown, is cheaper than buying that same food in Fort Ware.  So it’s worth it to help a family in need!

And this is where you can help out too!  I would love to have your support in sending our boxes up north to our sponsored family.  Could you spare $5 or $10 to help with shipping costs?

Donations can be made by Paypal (click the graphic below) or by EMT to meganelford@gmail.com. 

Or, if you’re unable to help with costs, would you be willing to share this blog post on Facebook or Twitter?  Spreading the word may enable more people to help a family in need.  Click the sharing buttons below to share on your favourite social media platform!


Thank you for your support, and for helping Feed The Hungry!

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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. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

    What an amazing idea and very interesting read. I’ve never considered how the geography of living in the far, far north could affect things like groceries.
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  2. Robin Rue (@massholemommy)

    How wonderful that you are able to help like this. We donated to our local food pantry a few weeks ago and it feels good to help, doesn’t it?

  3. lisa

    I never really thought about people in Canada not being able to get the essentials. This is a great thing to adopt a family and ship groceries to them.
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  4. Jeanette

    This is a great idea. I wondered how food gets to people who are in the middle of nowhere and have no facilities. What a great way to give back.
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  5. Brandi Penguins in Pink

    Wow! Megan, it is so shocking to know that people in Canada, living so far north, have a hard time getting food. I guess I never thought about the shipping costs of something like that. Sharing this for sure!
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  6. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    Oh wow, I think it’s incredibly generous of you to do this. I always let the grands help me which family to adopt in our area that is in need and we help them out gifts and food wise so their Christmas will be brighter.
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  7. Terri Ramsey Beavers

    Oh wow, I think it’s incredibly generous of you to do this. I always let the grands help me decide which family to adopt in our area that is in need and we help them out gifts and food wise so their Christmas will be brighter.
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  8. rika

    This is so amazing. Thanks for doing this to support/feed the hungry. I agree… shipping cost is very high 🙁
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  9. ricci

    I never thought about people not having access to fresh fruits and veggies or just being able to get what they need (living in North America). You are so generous!!
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  10. Dogvills

    What an awesome program to be part of, I think this is one of the issues that needs immediate help right now. Food is a necessity and it has to be provided especially to the little ones in the family.
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  11. Rebecca B.

    This is such a wonderful thing that you are doing!! I had never thought about how difficult it would be to get food those living so far up north!!
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  12. Ann Bacciaglia

    This is a fantastic way to help out family’s in need. I can not believe how much it is for shipping. It is to bad the postal service can not get on board and reduce the cost when it is a shipment like this. I will have to look into adopting a family that we can help out.

  13. Rebecca Swenor

    This is such a great cause and this time of year is so hard for so many families. It truly is a gift of love. Thanks for all you do.

  14. Heather Pfingsten

    This gives me so many feels. With the wealth and power of so many countries, I hate that there are so many that go without the basic needs; especially when it is because of something that could so easily be changed. Okay, enough of the rant. Thank you ever so much for all of the amazing work that you do. We donate locally a great deal but I never thought about looking more globally, I’ll be talking to my husband tonight.
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  15. ashleigh

    I just brought my boyfriend over to see the prices. Thank you so much for what you and your readers are doing.
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  16. Rosey

    I have always just taken so many things for granted. I don’t any more though, and I think what you are doing is very kind.

  17. Up Run for Life

    This is a wonderful thing that your doing. That is crazy to think that some people have a hard time getting food.
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  18. Bonnie @wemake7

    You are amazing doing that. I’m not able to help out at this time but will definitely share your post.

  19. Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey

    What a great gesture in helping others! Your post is really inspiring!
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  20. Shannon Gurnee

    That is a really awesome thing you’re doing for the other family. We try to help others out whenever we can. Thanks for sharing.
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