Native American Video Series: Food Insecurity in America

I want to thank all of you who follow our blog week after week, year after year. We write for you and are grateful for your interest in hearing from us and learning more about Native America. I believe one of the greatest challenges Native Americans face is being misunderstood by non-Natives and in my blogs always strive to bridge that gap. Today, for instance, I am starting a new blog series featuring Native American videos that help explain some of the real life situations on the reservations.

This first video is about the FOOD INSECURITY now affecting one-third of Americans, the resulting health issues such as obesity and diabetes and how – on the reservations in particular – food insecurity is not only about poverty but the absence of local food sources. In America, we take grocery stores for granted, but this video explores vital questions like, “Are we getting good food to the children?” It is well worth the 10 minutes to watch and, after you have, will you please share your thoughts?

Video Credits:  “Food Insecurity – Hunger in America” published by HealthRock TV, Sept. 2011. Speakers: Nancy Carrington, Connecticut Food Bank; and Dr. Mache Seibel, www.doctorseibel.com.

Mark your calendar for the next four videos; they will run the second Tuesday of each month!

In the meantime, tell your friends and family about these videos and food insecurity on the reservations. Visit nativepartnership.org and www.ictmn.com to learn more and then:

  • Help feed Native American families by buying Native-made or Native-sold goods and services online and at museums, pow wows, and other Native events.
  • Write to your local news station asking for more coverage to raise awareness about food challenges on the reservations.
  • Send a letter to your local grocer asking for help in addressing food insecurity on the reservations.
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