Food Research & Action Center
Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
Mary Belle Zook
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。
- 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.
- Food insecurity rates are statistically significantly higher for respondents with children under age 18 in their household.
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。”
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.
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/.
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