FDPIR Toolkit

Nutrition Education for Native Communities

In partnership with NAFDPIR (National Association of Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations), First Nations launched the Nutrition Education for Native Communities project to increase access to culturally-based nutrition education programs. More specifically, this project provided financial support to Native communities, giving preference to FDPIR program sites, to support nutrition education models in those communities. Through this partnership, project participants developed nutrition education resources and videos that have been compiled into a toolkit.



The FDPIR Nutrition Education Toolkit has been designed to remove the barriers and limitations that many Native communities face in accessing nutritious food, preparing healthy meals, and cooking food that tastes good. This toolkit is a cache of free educational resources and an ever-evolving guide, meaning the education, nutrition and other resources will be updated and revised on an ongoing basis.  Moreover, the materials set a solid foundation for nutrition and food education that can be modified and tailored to address individual community needs, as well as the teaching or coaching style of the food, health and nutrition educators.


  • VIDEO 1: Change (Overview):  Provides a brief summary describing the historical Native food rations or commodity program and its evolution into today’s Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR). (See video at right or click here.)   
  • VIDEO 2: Tradition (Blue Corn Mush): Describes how newly introduced food items included in the FDPIR package are being used to keep traditional cooking alive. (See video at right or click here.) 
  • VIDEO 3: Fire (Outdoor Cooking): Describes traditional methods of cooking with the FDPIR package. (See video at right or click here.) 
  • OTHER: Native Recipie Video Cache:  A total to of 27 "how to" traditional Native coking videos were submitted by First Nations grantees and tribal community members from across Indian Country.  Additional videos will be added on a consistent basis, so toolkit users are encouraged to keep checking back.
  • REGIONAL: Cooking Healthier with FDPIR Foods:  First Nations has published a cookbook containing recipes that use all of the foods and ingredients included in the FDPIR package. The recipes provide a healthier alternative for those who want and need to eat wholesome, nutritious and delectable meals. Click here to view or download the cookbook.
  • COMMUNITY: Cookbook Collections: First Nations is grateful for the generous permission given to share five cookbooks containing contemporary and traditional Native community and family recipes that are nutritious and delicious, especially for those wanting and needing to focus on healthier cooking options. This is a great cookbook for those who may be concerned with diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, and everyone interested in cooking meals that are low in sugar, saturated fat, sodium and other harmful additives.
Pamphlets, Brochures, Etc.:  Nutrition education resources, including educational pamphlets and brochures will be included in the online FDPIR Nutrition Education Toolkit to make them as accessible to as many people as possible.
Healthy Beverages Nutrient Education:  A healthy beverages toolkit that provides relevant nutritional content, as well as dietary recommendations for drinking sources has been developed by the Muckleshoot Food Sovereignty Initiative.  



"Change" is the overview of a three-part series that First Nations created for its nutrition-education effort for Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) recipients.


"Tradition" explores preparing traditional foods such as blue corn mush from FDPIR food packages.


"Fire" explores outdoor cooking using FDPIR foods. 


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