Tule River Staffer, Ronald Buckman, prepares to roll allotments of packaged canned and boxed foods down the conveyor to CVMT Staffer Tiger Paulk, as Jesus Salas stands in the background waiting to push forward more allotments. USDA Food Distribution held at the California Valley Miwok Tribe, Stockton, California on 6/18/2013

On Tuesday, June 18th, 2013, the California Valley Miwok Tribe held its monthly USDA Food Distribution.For the readers whom may be uninformed of what the Food Distribution on Indian Reservations program is, FDPIR provides USDA commodity foods to low-income households living on Indian reservations and to American Indian households residing in approved areas near reservations. Low-income American Indian and non-Indian households that reside on a reservation and households living in approved areas near a reservation that contain at least one person who is a member of a federally-recognized tribe, are eligible to participate in FDPIR. Households are certified based on income and resource standards set by the federal government, and must be recertified at least every 12 months. Elderly and disabled households may be certified for up to 24 months.

Each month, participating households receive a food allotment to help them maintain a nutritionally balanced diet. An example of the foods that are distributed within the FDPIR program are: frozen ground beef, beef roast, chicken, canned meats, poultry, and fish; canned fruits, vegetables, beans, soups, and spaghetti sauce; pastas, cereals, rice, and other grains; cheese, egg mix, lowfat ultra high temperature milk, nonfat dry milk, and evaporated milk; flour, cornmeal, bakery mix, and crackers; dried beans and dehydrated potatoes; juices, dried fruit, peanuts and peanut butter. For more information, or to receive a USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) application, you may contact the CVMT Tribal Office at (209) 931-4567.

CVMT sincerely thanks the Tule River Reservation (USDA Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations), 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.