IMPAQ conducted a study of over 100 American Indian Tribes and Alaska Native villages to determine the interest and feasibility of Tribal Administration of Federal nutrition assistance programs. The four nutrition assistance programs studied were: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), National School Lunch Program (NSLP), School Breakfast Program (SBP), and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). The American Indian and the Alaskan Native population is particularly vulnerable to nutrition-related health conditions; these programs would increase food security by providing better access to food, a healthful diet, and nutrition education.
IMPAQ’s team of researchers conducted in-person site visits, consultations with Tribal government representatives, and detailed document reviews. They examined the readiness of Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) to administer these programs, and the regulatory changes, waivers, or special provisions they would need for implementation. All site visit Tribes and over 90% of survey respondents expressed interest in administering one or more Federal nutrition assistance programs. IMPAQ’s final report analyzed the extent to which ITOs could administer the programs and whether or not they would need statutory or regulatory changes.
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Food and Nutrition Service. (2016). Feasibility of Tribal Administration of Federal Nutrition Assistance Programs: Final Report. (Contract number AG-3198-D-13-0045). Alexandria, VA: Garasky, S., Mbwana, K., Chamberlain, A., Bowman, N., Corea, C., Ampaabeng, S., Patterson, L., & Mickish-Gross, C.