MAP THE MEAL GAP 2017 Highlights of Findings For Overall and Child Food Insecurity

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A Report on County and Congressional District Food Insecurity and County Food Cost in the United States in 2015.

Resource: Food Atlas

USDA Food Access Research Atlas | view map

The Food Access Research Atlas presents a spatial overview of food access indicators for low-income and other census tracts using different measures of supermarket accessibility. Census-tract level data on food access can be downloaded or viewed in an interactive map.

USDA Food Environment Atlas | view map

Food environment factors—such as store/restaurant proximity, food prices, food and nutrition assistance programs, and community characteristics—interact to influence food choices and diet quality. Research has been documenting the complexity of these interactions, but more research is needed to identify causal relationships and effective policy interventions.

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Save the Date! National Food Sovereignty Summit

October 2-5, 2017 | Green Bay, WI

First Nations Development Institute and the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin will host the National Food Sovereignty Summit October 2-5, 2017, at the Radisson hotel in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

This event is for Native farmers, ranchers, gardeners, businesses, policymakers, tribal agriculture staff, Native nonprofits working in agriculture, small producers, tribal producers and tribal leaders. Optional experiential learning sessions are scheduled, and the main Summit offers three main training tracks:

  • Track 1: Applied Agriculture
  • Track 2: Community Outreach
  • Track 3: Products to Market

If you are interested in presenting at the conference, donating traditional foods, or becoming a sponsor, please contact Autumn Romero at

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First Junk Food Tax in the Country – Navajo Nation Leading the Way!

LONGMONT, Colorado (February 28, 2017) – First Nations Development Institute (First Nations) announced today a unique funding collaborative formed to support the Diné Community Advocacy Alliance (DCAA) in its efforts to implement healthy foods legislation passed by the Navajo Nation. In 2014, the Navajo Nation passed two new and innovative policies to encourage healthy living and lifestyles on the Navajo Nation:

→Navajo Nation Council Resolution CJA-05-14 removed the Navajo Nation 5% sales tax on healthy foods sold on the Navajo reservation, including fresh fruits, fresh vegetables, water, nuts, nut butters, and seeds, and;

→The Healthy Diné Nation Act (HDNA) of 2014 authorized an additional 2% sales tax on unhealthy foods and sugar-sweetened beverages in all retail locations on the Navajo Nation, the first junk food tax in the United States.

Launched with a leading gift from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community, the funding collaborative will support DCAA with a combined gift of $262,000. This includes funding from:

  • Robert Wood Johnson Foundation – $100,000
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community (SMSC) under its national Seeds of Native Health campaign – $80,000
  • The Christensen Fund – $75,000
  • Anonymous donor – $7,000

“To improve Native Americans’ dietary health, tribal communities must take control of their own destinies.  We are pleased to have our Seeds of Native Health campaign work with First Nations and other funders to support the Navajo Nation’s groundbreaking policies to better the health of their people.”  – SMSC Chairman Charles R. Vig –

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