Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation Executive Summary

The purpose of this project is to provide food assistance to the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Community. The Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Nation (MPTN) is a federally recognized tribal nation located in Southeastern Connecticut. MPTN is taking a two-pronged approach to purchase and distribution of healthy organic food to the tribal community.

Activity #1: Funds will be used to purchase tribally-grown fruits, vegetables, meat, and tribally-produced maple syrup from the tribal-owned Meechooôk Farm and Sugar Shack. The farm is run by tribal member employees (farmers). On a bi-weekly basis produce will be bagged and boxed and distributed (in person or by delivery) to tribal households on and off the Reservation; but within the confines of Connecticut. We will do this by using funds to hire (2) full-time delivery staff, purchase food distribution boxes; rent a cold storage delivery vehicle, and reimburse mileage.

Activity #2: Funds will be used to purchase healthy, frozen meals from Thames Valley Coalition for Community Action, Inc. (TVCCA). These meals are developed in Connecticut and use CT Growningredients. These frozen meals will be delivered to our Community Center where staff will deliver them to Tribal Elders (seniors) homes on and off the Reservation. Each Elder household will get 5 frozen meals at delivery each week. Expenses are cost of meals and mileage fees.

Activity #3: Funds will be used to purchase vegetables, fruits, dairy, meats from local farmers and used in preparation of weekly congregate meals for Elders based on the national dietary guidelines.