USDA Takes Steps to Support Food Sovereignty with the Forest County Potawatomi Community
WASHINGTON, March 20, 2023–The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) today announced it has signed a cooperative agreement with the Forest County Potawatomi Community (FCPC) under the Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program (LFPA). Through LFPA, the tribe will purchase and distribute locally grown, produced, and processed food from underserved producers.
With the LFPA funds, FCPC will partner with Bodwéwadmi Ktëgan, an underserved food producer, to purchase, package and distribute monthly food boxes in four distribution points within the tribal community. The project aims to support Native American families in Northern Wisconsin who are struggling with the rising cost of food and strengthen tribal food sovereignty.
“Making sure that our tribal members have healthy food options is the first step to ensuring that they can live healthy lifestyles,” said Forest County Potawatomi Chairman James Crawford. “This new partnership will help us bring more locally sourced, healthy food products to our tribal members which will encourage better lifestyles and better living.”
AMS looks forward to continuing to sign agreements under this innovative program that allows state and tribal governments to procure and distribute local and regional foods and beverages that are healthy, nutritious, and unique to their geographic area.
More information about the program is available on AMS’s Local Food Purchase Assistance Cooperative Agreement Program webpage.