Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

The Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Farm to Consumer Food Initiative will purchase culturally appropriate food from regional farmers, with a focus on those operated by indigenous people and nearby tribal nations over a two-year period. The food will be used to provide food to low-income tribal members in areas identified as a desert or those known to be chronically nutritionally insecure. Distribution will occur through the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Elderly Nutrition Program, community centers, and establishment of a food backpack program at area schools. Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe plans to enter purchasing agreements with at least five producers, three of which would be operated by Native Americans. The chosen producers will be encouraged to partner with the tribe in developing a local farming curriculum. Grant dollars will also be used to assist funding a Food Systems Coordinator to provide support for food related programs and build a food sovereign nation.