For only 11¢, the Council of Indian Nations (CIN), a Program of National Relief Charities, can provide a serving of food for a Native American Elder.
By teaming up with tribal communities, Native American volunteers, and hard-working community leaders, we are able to s-t-r-e-t-c-h the dollars that we have, enabling us to feed many more people than one would think possible.
And we’re making a difference!
Many communities on Southwest reservations are far removed from any typical market or grocery store – in fact, they are designated as “food deserts” with reduced access, food quality, and variety to meet dietary needs or satisfy hunger.
For example, Bill W. lives more than five miles from the senior center in his home community of Nazlini (AZ), which has a population of 500. He either walks to the center or catches a ride when he can. Bill is 86 years old. Most days he ventures out alone, as his wife is diabetic and homebound. Originally from Nazlini, Bill shops at the local convenience store. There’s a bigger store 70 miles away in Gallup that he likes – they have fresh, healthy foods. But, without a vehicle, he can only get there once a month.
The relief our food packages bring is nearly as unbelievable as the cost! Native American elders and grandparents are especially grateful to receive this food – you would think we were giving them bricks of gold!
And in many ways, we are! The gift of food is invaluable to those who are hungry, living in poverty, and feeling cut off from people and even their most basic needs such as food.
Will you please help us Remember Native Americans and bring the relief of food security today?
Thank you for caring!
Lovena B. Lee