On Tuesday, December 8th, 2015, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its last “USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations” (FDPIR) event of the year. Through chilly early morning temperatures and fog, CVMT staff and volunteers worked together with USDA FDPIR staff Ronald Buckman and Jesus Salas to sort and unload food allotments for needy recipients who would arrive later in the day to collect their distributions. Patricia Salas, USDA FDPIR Intake Manager, was also on hand to process participants’ paperwork.

Eligible participants of the USDA FDPIR program commonly receive items such as:

  • Packaged frozen meats
  • Canned meats, vegetables, fruits and soups
  • Dry packaged beans, rice and noodles
  • Dried fruits, nuts and crackers
  • Fresh and powdered dairy products such as cheese, milk and eggs
  • Assortment of fruit juices

Additionally, cookbooks containing recipes which can be prepared from the USDA FDPIR distributed foods are also available upon request, as supplies allow.

To learn more about the monthly USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) you may can contact the California Valley Miwok Tribe at (209) 931-4567, or via email at A USDA Food Distribution application (in pdf format) can be emailed to you upon request.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe extends a sincere thank you to the Tule River Reservation, Mr. Richard McDarment – USDA FDPIR Director, Mrs. Patricia Salas – USDA FDPIR Intake Manager, Mr. Jesus Salas – USDA FDPIR staff and Mr. Ronald Buckman, USDA FDPIR staff & driver for their hard work, commitment and dedicated partnership in helping the California Valley Miwok Tribe continue to make this sorely needed service available to our local Native American community.

Happy Holidays to all and see you next year!