Stimulus funds going to Indian nutrition program

Washinton, D.C. (AP) April 2010

Two Michigan-based Indian tribes will receive more than $62,000 in federal stimulus funds to provide food assistance to low-income families on and near Indian reservations.

The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations program will provide $53,235 to the Keweenaw Bay Indian Community and $9,455 to the Little River Band of Ottawa.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says the distribution program has received a total of more than $4.5 million in stimulus funds to buy equipment and improve facilities. It says the food distribution program is designed to enhance access to safe and nutritious food on Indian reservations and tribal lands.

Almost 90,000 low-income individuals nationwide receive a monthly food package through the distribution program.