Posted by Cindy Long, Administrator, Food and Nutrition Service inFood and Nutrition

Jan 20, 2022

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USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service is dedicated to offering equitable entry to meals to all Americans, however racial disparities in meals safety nonetheless exist. With the speed of meals and diet insecurity increased amongst Black, Hispanic, and Native American populations, the information bears this out.

In response, each USDA and the Biden-Harris Administration have implemented applications concentrating on racial injustice and inequity in meals and diet. Since January 2021, FNS has labored tirelessly to fight the impacts of meals insecurity and racial inequity by advancing WIC, offering fairness in entry to SNAP, increasing culturally applicable meals for youngsters, extending meals help to American territories, and bettering diet help for Tribal communities. Through these applications, USDA helps tens of millions of Americans of all backgrounds obtain entry to nutritious meals.

The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Self-Determination Demonstration Project, for example, empowers Tribal Nations with extra buying choices to purchase meals that higher aligns with tradition and traditions. Since October 2021, we’ve awarded $3.5 million to eight Tribal Nations.

“This venture is an enormous deal. It’s a terrific exhibiting of how FNS helps the pursuits of Indian Country to make sure extra Tribal individuals have the possibility to partake in Native meals grown by Native individuals,” stated FNS Tribal Affairs Specialist Michael Ladd.

In Wisconsin, the Oneida Nation and Menominee Indian Tribe have used the FDPIR venture funds to buy tribally procured meats, fish, and apples from the Oneida Nation Farm and the Oneida Nation Apple Orchard.

With assist from USDA, contracts awarded through the FDPIR Self-Determination Demonstration Project will proceed to run through 2022. The program not solely supplies company and diet to Tribal Nations, it additionally demonstrates USDA’s dedication to racial justice and fairness.

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