The Native Food Systems Resource Center is an initiative of First Nations Development Institute, under our Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative.  Funding for development of this website (and several of our food-related projects) was generously provided by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

We recognize 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, First Nations supports 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.

We also undertake research projects that build the knowledge and understanding of Native agriculture and food-systems issues, and inform Native communities about innovative ideas and best practices. We also participate in policy forums that help develop legislative and regulatory initiatives within this sector.

Health, Cultural Preservation & Economic Development

We believe that our work in the food sector has many benefits, all of which are critically important.  These include improved Native health and nutrition, of course, but also a reconnection with traditional foods and a reinforcement of our cultural practices and customs.  Further, regaining control of food systems can provide a huge boost to the development of Native economies.

An overview of First Nations Development Institute’s work in Native food systems, including with Santo Domingo Pueblo, Cochiti Pueblo and the Institute of American Indian Arts, all in New Mexico. This video was made possible by the Comcast Foundation with additional support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

 

We plan to continue to expand and improve this website so it becomes an ever-more valuable resource to Native American food producers and processors, consumers – including individual families – and to larger Native tribes, organizations and communities.

Thanks to Our Partners!

Over the years, many other funding entities have supported our Native Agriculture and Food Systems Initiative in addition to the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.  We consider these visionary funders as our direct partners in of mission of strengthening American Indian economies to support healthy Native communities.  These include the AARP Foundation, The Christensen Fund, CHS Foundation, U.S. Department of Agriculture Office of Advocacy and Outreach, U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development, and the Walmart Foundation. We are extremely grateful for their assistance.