#GivingTuesday and Holiday Meals for Native Elders

Food in abundance and merriment during the holidays is often not the case for Native Americans, especially for communities in geographically-isolated areas where access to well-stocked grocery stores is limited. Food insecurity — an economic and social condition involving inconsistent access to enough healthy food for adequate nutrition — impacts one in four Native families.

Additionally, Native Americans endure one of the highest rates of impoverishment in the U.S., and reservation households are 400 percent more likely to report not having enough to eat than other U.S. households.

To provide a complete holiday meal at home, in remote reservation communities with limited shopping and multi-generational residences, is a financial burden that oftentimes leaves families without a special meal to gather around. To help alleviate the additional stress many Native families experience during the holiday season, Partnership With Native Americans (PWNA) is participating in the Newman’s Own Foundation holiday challenge, in hopes of being one of ten nonprofits that raises the most funds on or ahead of #GivingTuesday and receive a cash prize from the Foundation.

Donations made to PWNA from Nov. 21 to Nov.28 will help provide holiday meals for Native American Elders.

PWNA partner Sharon Yazzie of Shiprock, New Mexico says, “PWNA’s help with holiday community meals helps ensure Elders not only have something to eat, but also spend the holidays in the company of others, as relatives cannot always make it home to the reservations, due to distance or circumstance.”

#GivingTuesday is a global giving initiative celebrated annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. With donations made from Nov. 21 to Nov. 28, you can help PWNA fight food insecurity and brighten the holidays for Native American Elders. Visit CrowdRise today to make a donation. (All donations must be made on this CrowdRise page to qualify for additional funding from Newman’s Own Foundation).

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