LFPA Executive Summary – Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Tribe)

The Red Cliff Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Indians (Tribe) has made significant strides towards food sovereignty in recent years and this project will continue to expand upon those efforts. The Tribe currently creates food access for its community members through a variety of programs and services, for example the Elderly Meal Program and the Food Distribution Center, among others. These programs work on tight budgets and have limited access to high quality, local, and traditional foods. The proposed project will enable members of the Red Cliff tribal community to build on existing offerings by sourcing local, healthy foods of their preference through a food voucher program developed in partnership with local food producers and harvesters. This project will also increase access to local foods for the Red Cliff community through distribution of these foods to the Red Cliff Early Childhood Center, Red Cliff Food Distribution Summer Food Program, the Red Cliff Elderly Meal Program and the Bayfield School. The project will subsidize procurement of produce and fish from Mino Bimaadiziiwin Tribal Farm and the Red Cliff Fish Company that will be provided to Tribal programs. The Bayfield School will receive a subaward from the Farm (as the entity managing this project), along with a contract that outlines the options and procedures for procuring these foods from Red Cliff within the specific parameters established by the LFPA program.