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Food assistance reaches Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

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WASHINGTON – Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced Aug. 19 that Indian Tribal Organizations and States operating the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations will receive approximately $1 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to purchase equipment and improve facilities needed to provide food assistance.

“It is imperative that people in the United States have access to safe and nutritious food, and through the Recovery Act, we’re investing resources to enhance the availability of food on Indian reservations and tribal lands,” said Vilsack. “The Obama administration is committed to increasing the health and nutrition of people throughout the country, and these Recovery Act investments will help further that goal.”

Through FDPIR, the USDA purchases food that is provided to low-income households, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations and in the State of Oklahoma. Currently, there are 271 tribes receiving benefits under FDPIR through 98 Indian Tribal Organizations and five state agencies. Almost 100,000 individuals receive a monthly FDPIR food package.

This announcement is the first in a series of FDPIR Recovery Act allocations; altogether $5 million in Recovery Act funding will be provided.

Indian Tribal Organizations and government agencies benefiting from the $1 million include:

Arizona

Gila River Indian Community

Navajo Nation

California

Riverside/San Bernadino County Indian Health

Southern California Tribal Chairman’s Association

Yurok Tribe

Idaho

Nez Perce Tribe

Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Kansas

Kickapoo Tribe of Kansas

United Tribes of Kansas and Southeast Nebraska

Mississippi

Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians

North Carolina

Cherokee Tribe of North Carolina

New Mexico

Pueblo of Acoma

Nevada

Yerington Paiute Tribe

Oklahoma

Muscogee Creek Nation

South Dakota

Lower Brule Sioux Tribe

Washington

Quileute Indian Tribe

Quinalt Indian Nation

Spokane Tribe of Indians

Wyoming

Shoshone Tribe