Provide Healthy foods to Native American Elders
Native Culture holds its Elders in the highest regard and for good reason. They are the keepers of their language, their heritage, and, most importantly, their families. I recently had the honor of visiting with several Elders when I traveled to the Rosebud Reservation for Partnership With Native American’s quarterly Breakfast-in-a-Bag (BNB) food distribution.
The reservation system formed by the U.S. government coincides with food deserts and a lack of grocery stores.
I am reaching out to you all today to see if you would be a part of one of Partnership With Native American’s programs that will allow Native Elders to get access to healthy breakfast food items that they may not be able to access otherwise.
Partnership With Native Americans works directly with individuals that live on reservations to understand what the needs are, and to raise the funds to give relief where it is needed. They are an organization that is transparent and continues to do good in these communities.
As the Elders began filling their bags, I smiled to myself, and I was delighted to assist the recipients load their groceries! The Elders are much more than recipients: they are people. People like my own relatives: aunties, uncles, and grandparents. As we carried their bags, I was enamored by their stories of strength and survival. Oglala Sioux Elder Sharon, age 63, uses the Breakfast service regularly.
She can select healthy foods like bananas, apples, eggs, bread and milk. This food helps as Sharon feeds seven people in her home, including her son and five grandchildren. Sharon suffers from diabetes, which causes leg pain when she walks. Native American families suffer the highest rates of diet-related diseases and food insecurity, a result of systemic/institutional barriers.
Please, if you are reading this, consider joining us today and heling this program thrive on the Rosebud reservation. We need your support, and every little bit goes a long way. Please help us give a healthy start to Native Elders!
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