On Friday, July 19th, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly USDA Food Distribution.

The USDA Food recipients are always happy to pick up their monthly food allotments from Tule River Staffer Ronald Buckman. Even in hard times, there are plenty of smiles to go around. The Tribe and the participants are grateful to the Tule River Staff for scheduling the food pick up early in the morning (from 8:00 – 9:00 am) because it beats the searing summer heat. Mr. Buckman handed out new USDA “A Harvest of Recipes with USDA Foods” Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) cookbooks (dated May 2013).

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), Food Distribution Division is pleased to provide this recipe book developed for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) participants and staff. A Harvest of Recipes with USDA Foods is a collection of delicious recipes adapted from regional and traditional ones submitted by tribal members, and new ones created. These recipes have been tested to make sure they will produce the stated number of servings. They also meet the latest recommendations from the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

CVMT received a pfd hand-out from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention regarding “Extreme Heat – A Prevention Guide.” CVMT shared theses handouts with the USDA Food recipients, especially since this summer has been seeing triple digit highs. It is important to know that extreme heat can be very dangerous, leading to heat stroke and death. Heat stroke occurs when your temperature rises quickly and your body cannot cool down. This condition is life-threatening, but it is preventable. Here are some tips for preventing heat-related illness: Stay in air-conditioned space if possible. If your home is not air-conditioned, go to a public library, heat-relief shelter, or other cool location. Drink plenty of non-alcoholic fluids. Wear loose-fitting, lightweight clothing. Cut back on exercise. Closely watch those who are at high risk of heart-related illness, including older adults, young children, and individuals with physical and/or mental illnesses. NEVER leave anyone in an enclosed, parked vehicle.

CVMT sincerely thanks the Tule River Reservation (USDA Food Program, Mr. Richard McDarment, USDA FDIR Director, Mrs. Patricia Salas, USDA FDIR Intake Manager, Mr. Jesus Salas, USDA FDIR Staff, and Mr. Ronald Buckman, USDA FDIR Staff & driver, and a special thank you to the CDC for sharing the prevention guide regarding extreme heat.