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WASHINGTON, December 14, 2021— Almost half of Native American and Alaska Native survey respondents reported experiencing food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a新报告released by the Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF), the Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) and the Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative (IFAI) at the University of Arkansas.

“This report illuminates the challenges of food security in Indian Country and the Tribally driven solutions needed to address those challenges head-on,” said Toni Stanger-McLaughlin, J.D. (Colville), CEO of NAAF. “It is critical that we understand how hunger affects the communities that we directly serve to identify ways to successfully work together to repair America’s broken food system.”

The report,Reimagining Hunger Responses in Times of Crisis: Insights from Case Examples and a Survey of Native Communities’ Food Access During COVID-19,包括NAAF食品访问调查的发现。该调查要求全国各地的部落社区的家庭有关2020年3月至2021年4月之间获得食品的资源,并报告了受访者报告杂货店送货,食品银行和部落领导的组织的访问。

从调查的重要发现

  • Forty-eight percent indicated that sometimes or often during the pandemic the food their household bought just didn’t last, and they didn’t have money to get more.
  • 37%的人表示,在冠状病毒大流行期间,他们或家庭中的其他成年人在冠状病毒大流行期间至少一个月,因为没有足够的钱来食物,他们的家中的成年人削减了饭菜或跳过的饭菜。
  • 34%的人表示,他们的吃得比他们认为应该的少,因为没有足够的食物钱。
  • Food insecurity rates are statistically significantly higher for respondents with children under age 18 in their household.

Stanger-McLaughlin说:“部落政府和民族领导的农业倡议在为公民提供食物的机会,尤其是在极端危机时期,发挥着重要作用。”“印度国家坚持做自己几个世纪以来一直在做的事情,对系统造成的艰辛产生了韧性和强大的反应。”

The report also provides recommendations for strengthening agriculture infrastructure to support Native-led agriculture and food sovereignty.

“立法者必须投资于支持和授权部落政府在粮食和农业领域表达其固有的主权,”土著食品和农业倡议主任Erin Parker,J.D。,法学硕士Erin Parker说。“这可以通过对围绕食品系统和粮食安全的本地驱动数据收集以及本地控制数据进行优先级来完成。”

数据对于跟踪进度和确保资源以帮助缓解这个普遍性问题至关重要,它们有助于助长对土著社区的饥饿的充分反应。

粮食不安全感的差异是殖民化并继续到现在的结构种族主义的结果​​。大流行在此周期中充当了中介因素,加剧了每种差异的负面影响。即使不是联邦营养计划,这种可怕的情况将会更糟。

联邦营养计划可以帮助减少粮食不安全,改善饮食摄入量和健康,支持经济安全,并帮助使家庭摆脱贫困。

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) help income-eligible households put food on the table. During COVID-19, both FDPIR and SNAP benefit boosts enhanced participants’ ability to purchase food for themselves and their families.

Households with children who missed out on school meals during a regular school year could access meals due to child nutrition waivers. These waivers have been critical to addressing access and operational challenges created by the pandemic.

“Strengthening equitable access to the federal nutrition programs remains vital during COVID-19 and beyond,” said FRAC President Luis Guardia. “This report not only identifies problems but offers important solutions. Current federal policy forces people to choose between participating in FDPIR and SNAP. Opening access to both programs will promote equity, food security and community well-being.”

To learn more about the findings and policy recommendations, download thefull report.

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关于美国原住民农业基金
The Native American Agriculture Fund (NAAF) is a private, charitable trust serving Native farmers and ranchers through strategic grantmaking in the areas of business assistance, agricultural education, technical support, and advocacy services. The charitable trust was created by the settlement of the landmark Keepseagle v. Vilsack class-action lawsuit. NAAF is the largest philanthropic organization devoted solely to serving the Native American farming and ranching community. For more information visithttps://nativeamericanagriculturefund.org/.

About Food Research & Action Center
The Food Research & Action Center improves the nutrition, health, and well-being of people struggling against poverty-related hunger in the United States through advocacy, partnerships, and by advancing bold and equitable policy solutions. To learn more, visitwww.severovzhod.com并跟随我们TwitterandFacebook.

About Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
土著食品和农业倡议(IFAI)通过促进健康的食品系统,多样化的经济发展和文化食品传统来增强部落社区的健康和健康。IFAI提供战略法律分析,政策研究和教育资源,以通过粮食主权,农业和经济发展增强印度国家的能力。要了解更多信息,请访问https://indigenousfoodandag.com/.