Food Sovereignty Pilot Program
The Chahta Foundation is always researching innovative strategies to promote the health of the Choctaw people. To this end, the Foundation recently launched a food sovereignty pilot program to provide the following to ten Choctaw families living in Atoka and Bryan Counties, and five Choctaw households at each of the seven Senior Living Facilities in the 10 ½ counties:
- wheelchair-accessible raised garden beds
- access to fresh fruits and vegetables
- chicken coops
- eggs and poultry
- all associated supplies and training to ensure success
After a successful pilot program year, we hope to gradually expand the food sovereignty program to include all of the Choctaw Nation tribal service area.
The Chahta Foundation received a grant from the First Nations Development Institute to conduct a food sovereignty needs assessment on Choctaw tribal members living within the 10 1/2 counties of the Nation’s tribal jurisdiction. The anonymous data we gather will be used to create a Food Sovereignty Strategic Plan by May 2017. The Strategic Plan will show areas of strength in our food sovereignty status, as well as areas where our food systems would benefit from future efforts. We will share the Strategic Plan with Tribal leadership and with Choctaw Nation departments and programs that work with food and providing food access for Tribal Members.
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