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 American 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 Recipe Videos:  A total of 24 other "how to" traditional Native cooking videos were submitted by First Nations grantees and tribal community members from across Indian Country. To see delicious recipes from the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and Choctaw Fresh Produce, click here for a list of video links
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.
Native Infusion: Rethink Your Drink - A Toolkit on Traditional Beverages (PowerPoint) by Valerie Segrest and Elise Krohn
Native Infusion Posters
Additional Materials



"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. The videos are narrated by Ben Jacobs and Matt Chandra, owners of Tocabe, An American Indian Eatery, in Denver, Colorado, who were assisted by personnel from the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma’s Food & Nutrition Services and Diabetes Prevention Program. The videos were produced for First Nations by FireThief Productions.


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


"Fire" explores outdoor cooking using FDPIR foods. 

Regional Cookbook

"Cooking Healthier with FDPIR Foods"

Native Infusion

"Native Infusion: Rethink Your Drink - A Guide to Ancestral Beverages"


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