As part of First Nations’ Native Food Pantry Initiative, the Strengthening Native Programs & Feeding Families project responds to the fact that Native Americans have some of the highest food insecurity rates in the United States and that both Tribes and Tribal community organizations are in the best position to address their needs.
With support from American Express, in 2022 First Nations awarded 10 tribes or Native-run nonprofits or Native community groups, which are addressing food insecurity through food distribution, with grants of $10,000 each annually over four years. In total, the Food Pantry initiative will support 48 non-profits or Native community groups.
Grantees will also work to distribute approximately 5,000 pounds of food, in line with the Food Pantry Initiative goal of collecting and distributing a total of 240,000 pounds of food over the four years of the grant program.
In 2023, First Nations has continued this program with the awarding of 24 additional grants to Native-run nonprofits or Native community groups, which are addressing food insecurity through food distribution.