FAST Blackfeet (Food Access and Sustainability Team) recently received a $10,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colo. This award will support the efforts of FAST Blackfeet and the dissemination of their Community Food Security Assessment (CFSA).
FAST Blackfeet plans to carry out a campaign to disseminate the CFSA report’s findings throughout the community. The campaign would aim to raise awareness for the need to address the issue of widespread hunger and the need to engage in food sovereignty activities that will positively bolster the metrics of health, the economy, our security and access to traditional foods. Additionally, the plan calls for dissemination of our findings to possible funding agencies, state and tribal collaborators, and other likely partners in this work.
FAST Blackfeet first came together in September 2015. We are nearly a year old and have accomplished much this past year. In May 2016 we held a Community Food Sovereignty Workshop and developed a list of activities we wanted to work on. We have addressed seven of the tasks so far.
1. Completed the first Nutrition/Food System Assessment.
2. Identified food insecurity “hotspots” to target projects.
3. Completed a Community Food security Assessment.
4. Held an Info “booth” “lodge” at NAID to collect survey information.
5. Created an Education “white paper” about FAST Blackfeet that Marissa developed into an Infographic to explain our survey.
6. Set up a FAST Blackfeet Facebook page and created a Fast Blackfeet gmail address.
7. Began to form an organizational structure for FAST Blackfeet to begin applying for grants.
If you would like to be involved, plan to attend our meetings on the third Thursday of each month from 3-4:30 p.m. in the Tribal Council chambers. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.