Food Insecurity In Indian Country Online Discussion Today

Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF), Food Research and Action Center, and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative host live discussion on food insecurity in Indian County during the COVID-19 pandemic. Courtesy/NAAF

NAAF News:

The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF), Food Research and Action Center, and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative are hosting a virtual event at 2 p.m. (ET) today to discuss findings and recommendations from a recent report.

The report finds that 48 percent of Native Americans and Alaska Natives surveyed indicated that sometimes or often during the pandemic, the food their household bought didn’t last long enough, and they didn’t have money to get more. This report also illuminates the challenges of food security in Indian Country and the Tribally-driven solutions needed to address those challenges head on.

WHY:

Data are essential to track progress and secure resources to help alleviate this pervasive issue, and they help fuel an adequate response to hunger in Native communities.
Disparities in food insecurity are a result of the structural racism originating with colonization and continuing to the present.
The coronavirus pandemic has acted as a mediating factor in this cycle, exacerbating the negative impacts of each and worsening disparities. This dire situation would be even worse if not for federal nutrition programs.
Enabling Tribal governments to administer federal nutrition programs can help reduce food insecurity, improve dietary intake and health, support economic security, and help lift families out of poverty.
In addition to the vital role Tribal governments play in feeding their communities, the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) help income-eligible households put food on the table. During COVID-19, both FDPIR and SNAP benefit boosts enhanced participants’ ability to purchase food for themselves and their families.

WHO:

  • Toni Stanger-McLaughlin, CEO, Native American Agriculture Fund
  • Sandy Martini, Associate CEO, Native American Agriculture Fund
  • Luis Guardia, President, Food Research & Action Center
  • Geri Henchy, Director, Food Research & Action Center
  • Erin S. Parker, Director, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
  • Katherine (Katie) Jacobs, Early Childhood Nutrition Programs and Food Systems Associate, Food Research & Action Center:
This is a virtual event that can be streamed live on FacebookTwitter, and LinkedIn.
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