Our Programs

Nourishing Native Foods & Health

Program Overview

First Nations Development Institute recognizes that accessing healthy food is a challenge for many Native American children and families. Without access to healthy food, a nutritious diet and good health are out of reach. To increase access to healthy food, we support tribes and Native communities as they build sustainable food systems that improve health, strengthen food security and increase the control over Native agriculture and food systems. First Nations provides this assistance in the form of financial and technical support, including training materials, to projects that address agriculture and food sectors in Native communities.

Learn more about the importance of Native food systems through these Nourishing Native Foods & Health Resources.

 

 

 

Current Projects

GATHER Food Sovereignty Project

First Nations believes that reclaiming control over local food systems is an important step toward ensuring the long-lasting health and…

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Forging Last-Mile Protein Supply Chains in Indian Country

To strengthen local meat supply chain infrastructures, First Nations is providing financial support and technical assistance and resources to help…

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Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign / Policy Innovation Fund

As part of the Nourishing Native Foods & Health Program, First Nations’ Fertile Ground Advocacy Campaign supports Native American-led efforts…

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Keepseagle Fast-Track Grant Program

In 2018 First Nations launched a new grant program to support Native American farmers and ranchers. This grant program is…

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has been a long-term and generous supporter of First Nations Development Institute's work in Native…

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The Business of Indian Agriculture

First Nations Development Institute is pleased to present The Business of Indian Agriculture, a curriculum designed to help farmers and ranchers…

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W.K. Kellogg Foundation – Food Sovereignty

The W.K. Kellogg Foundation (WKKF) has been a long-term and generous supporter of First Nations Development Institute's work in Native…

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Changing Native Food Economies

In Native communities, the way foods are produced, distributed, and consumed has a significant impact on their development, economy, health,…

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Indigenous Food Systems Community of Practice

The goal of First Nations’ Indigenous Food Systems Community of Practice is to foster more equitable practices by philanthropic institutions,…

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Food Pantry Initiative

In 2020, First Nations’ created the Food Pantry Initiative, an initiative that aims to provide Native American communities, organizations, and…

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Western COVID-19 Response Grant

Indigenous communities continue to respond to challenges surrounding COVID-19, in terms of budgets, demands on staff, and resources overall. With…

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Native Farm to School

Native Farm to School is a food sovereignty project under First Nations' Nourishing Native Foods & Health program. We provide…

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Bringing Fresh Foods to Zuni – From Fruits, to Vegetables, to Meat

Today’s Major Market features a grocery, deli, coffee shop, and bakery, as well as educational resources, healthy eat and go meals, and even fresh meat cut to order. And now, with support from First Nations, this market is poised to bring even more benefits to the Zuni community.

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