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Meals program grows to serve Native American starvation in Wisconsin tribes

KESHENA – A meals help program is doing than extra offering wholesome, Indigenous meals to tribal elders in Wisconsin — it’s additionally serving to to additional set up meals sovereignty for First Nations.

“I used to be reminded by our elders that we don’t actually have sovereignty until we are able to feed ourselves,” mentioned Gary Besaw, director for the Menominee Nation’s Division of Agriculture and Meals Programs throughout a press convention on the Menominee Reservation final Thursday.

The Tribal Elder Meals Field Program began as a pilot program final yr by way of a partnership with Feeding Wisconsin, the Intertribal Agriculture Council and three Indigenous nations in Wisconsin: Oneida, Menominee and Crimson Cliff Ojibwe.

It was funded by way of grants from Feeding America Nationwide and the U.S. Division of Agriculture’s Farm Invoice.