CVMT staffer Tiger Paulk stands next to a fully loaded cart of food, about to take the first of many of the day's distributions into temporary storage to await pickup by recipients, as Tule River staffer Ronald Buckman prepares another allotment at the top of the conveyer.

On Friday, January 20th, 2016, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly “USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations” (FDPIR), the first food distribution of the new year.

Despite the cold, rainy weather, Tule River and CVMT tribal staff and volunteers worked together to sort and distribute packages of food for program participants’ allotments.

For anyone interested in participating in the food distribution program, please don’t hesitate to contact the tribal office using the methods highlighted below, to receive more information.

About the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations:

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, noodles and cereal
  • Dried fruits, nuts and crackers
  • Fresh and powdered dairy products such as cheese, milk and eggs
  • Assortment of fruit juices

Often, participants also receive special items, such as this month’s offering of salmon fillets and ground bison.

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 office@cvmt.net. A USDA Food Distribution application (in pdf format) can be emailed to you upon request.

The California Valley Miwok Tribe would like to thank the Tule River Reservation, Mr. Richard McDarment – USDA FDPIR Director, Mrs. Patricia Salas – USDA FDPIR Intake Manager and USDA FDPIR staff members Mr. Ronald Buckman and Jesus Salas for their hard work and continued dedication to helping those in need. Thank you!