Tribal Food Security

Hunger impacts every community in the United States, yet Native Americans are more likely to face hunger. Before the pandemic, 1 in 4 Native Americans struggled with hunger - more than twice the rate of white individuals. Feeding Wisconsin is working with Tribal partners to support programs that both provide food to Tribal members experiencing food insecurity and expand the support and capacity of Indigenous growers, producers, and processors.

Tribal Elder Food Box Program

Through a partnership between Menominee Indian Tribe of Wisconsin, Oneida Nation, Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa, Feeding Wisconsin, Intertribal Agriculture Council, Wisconsin Food Hub Cooperative, UW-Madison, and healthTIDE, Feeding Wisconsin was awarded a Feeding America National Office Regional Agri Food Distribution Grant to pilot a Tribal Elder Food Box Program. In order to increase access of Indigenous foods for Tribal Elders (Tribal members over 55 years old), Feeding Wisconsin and partners will purchase foods from Indigenous-based and other regional food producers to pack food boxes for Tribal Elders.

The goal of this project is to distribute 900 boxes over the course of 12 distributions, bi-weekly (every other week), beginning late June through early December. Each box will contain perishable food items, sourced from Indigenous and local producers whenever possible. The average box will be 14-16 pounds and will contain a combination of protein (beef, bison, fish, chicken, and pork) and produce (greens, apples, berries, corn, beans, squash, potatoes, tomatoes, and other seasonal produce) representative of traditional, Indigenous foods as desired by Tribal Elders.

If you are a Tribal Elder of the Menominee, Oneida or Red Cliff Tribal Nations, you can access Elder food boxes the weeks of June 28th, July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23, September 6 & 20, October 4 & 18, November, 1, 15, & 30. Please contact your food distribution office to learn more about the time and date of distribution.