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Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations

The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) allows Indian Tribal Organizations to operate a food distribution program as an alternative to the Food Stamp Program for those living on or near an Indian reservation. Eligibility for benefits is similar to the food stamp (SNAP) program, and funds are drawn from food stamp appropriations.

Foods contained in packages include frozen and/or canned meats and poultry, canned and fresh fruits and vegetables, juices, dry cereals, cornmeal, flour, butter, macaroni, cheese, evaporated and UHT lowfat milk, oats, peanuts and peanut butter, cereals, and oils. According to a 2008 USDA FNS report on the Health Eating Index [HEI] of foods provided in FDPIR, "Individuals consuming FDPIR foods in the quantities provided would achieve a HEI-2005 score of 81 out of 100, considerably better than Americans in general (58 out of 100) and SNAP participants (52 out of 100). "


12px This article incorporates public domain material from the Congressional Research Service document "Report for Congress: Agriculture: A Glossary of Terms, Programs, and Laws, 2005 Edition" by Jasper Womach.

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