Fifteen tribal nutrition education projects in 10 states, totaling $1 million, will help participants of the USDA’s Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), increase nutrition knowledge on Indian reservations. Grants are awarded to applicants who qualify as an Indian Tribal Organization or state agency and administer a tribal nutrition education program.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the grants announced April 8. “We are committed to working with Tribal nations to improve the nutrition and health on Indian Reservations and tribal lands,” Vilsack said during the announcement from Oklahoma. “These projects will help support and expand nutrition education through self-initiated projects and provide better access to more fruits and vegetables so that we can make great strides in improving the nutrition and health of tribal members.”
The Chickasaw Nation in Oklahoma plans to use the grant to expand its “Recipes Wrapped in Love” project, in which families develop and test new recipes that feature whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. The recipes are then incorporated into a Recipes Wrapped in Love toolkit, distributed to 5,000 FDPIR participants with recipes, menus, shopping lists and snack ideas.
The Chippewa Cree Tribe of Montana will develop and maintain a garden planted by and cared for by youth, conduct food demonstrations featuring USDA Foods, conduct canning classes for FDPIR participants, and present nutrition information at various community events.
Other projects selected for grants this year include summer camp programs for youth to teach healthy cooking techniques, and nutrition education sessions held during scheduled food deliveries for participants in remote reservation areas. The announcement coincides with First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative that celebrates National Gardening Month in April.
The 15 tribal nutrition education projects selected are:
- Sherwood Valley Food Program (Willits, Calif.), $41,182
- United Tribes of Kansas and Southeast Nebraska (White Cloud, Kan.), $2,164
- Grand Portage Reservation (Grand Portage, Minn.), $9,827
- Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe (Cass Lake, Minn.), $39,146
- Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians (Choctaw, Miss.), $44,941
- Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes (St. Ignatius, Mont.), $118,429
- Chippewa Cree Tribe of the Rocky Boy’s Reservation (Box Elder, Mont.), $21,616
- Pueblo of Zuni Food Distribution Program (Zuni, N.M.), $29,225
- The Chickasaw Nation (Ada, Okla.), $109,435
- Rosebud Sioux Tribe (Mission, S.D.), $94,000
- Oglala Sioux Tribe of the Mountain Plains Nutrition Advisory Committee (Pine Ridge, S.D.), $75,366
- South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency (Shelton, Wash.), $60,645
- Lummi Indian Business Council (Bellingham, Wash.), $119,290
- Red Cliff Band of Chippewa Indians Food Distribution Program for the Midwest Nutrition Advisory Committee (Bayfield, Wis.), $115,181
- Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin (Keshena, Wis.) $39,194