Dozens of national leaders, including Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Hoskin, Jr., gathered in Washington Wednesday to discuss hunger, nutrition, and health.
The event, hosted by President Joe Biden, was the first conference to discuss such issues in more than 50 years. The conference brought together politicians, professors, tribal leaders, and activists to talk about ways to end hunger and diet-released diseases in the United States by 2030.
“The Cherokee Nation supports the Biden Administration’s efforts to address food insecurity and is proud to partner with the USDA on tribal specific programs for our citizens,” said Chief Hoskin. “Through USDA’s Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations – or FDPIR – Cherokee Nation currently serves more than 10,200 individuals and 5,000 households each month. Participating in today’s conference allows me the opportunity to advocate for permanent authorization of this USDA program and additional funding to Indian Country, which would allow our tribes to significantly reduce the rates of food insecurity on tribal reservations.”
The Cherokee Nation’s COVID-19 Respond, Recover, and Rebuild plan included a commitment of $80 million dollars to address poverty barriers within the nation.
You can learn more about the White House program here..