W.K. Kellogg Foundation Helps Decrease Food Insecurity for Native American Communities

By: Justin Chan

Native Americans will receive a huge boost of assistance from the First Nations Development Institute, according to MarketWatch. The organization was awarded $2.88 million from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan, over the next three years to help improve children's health and provide financial support to the community.

First Nations, which primarily serves Native American areas throughout the United States, will use the money to fund its food security program. The extensive project will allocate 10 grants each year to help selected Native American tribes or communities in need of assistance. The program has several initiatives, which include managing community-based food systems to increase the distribution of healthy foods, creating food sustainability and helping Native American communities evaluate their local food systems.

"This project links local and regional economic development with the provision of culturally appropriate foods for Native youth, while at the same time celebrating and preserving Native culture and reinforcing Indian children's cultural identity," said First Nations president Michael E. Roberts.

First Nations also plans to help Native Americans assume more control over reservation-based food systems and create better partnerships with local producers. It hopes the effects will trickle down and improve the lives of Native American children. Aside from being actively involved in helping the Native American community reshape its food system, the organization will also use the funds to raise awareness about health and wellness through printed media and online.

"Using food as an entry point for community involvement is not only good for business, but it also enables young people to feel pride about their culture and their communities," Roberts said.

Photo: Rennett Stowe

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