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What is Feast for the Future?

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About Our Program

The Feast for the Future program is an innovative and holistic initiative that supports access to healthy and nutritious foods for American Indian children and communities. Feast for the Future promotes Native communities’ capacity to reintroduce indigenous foods and agriculture. It was designed and implemented by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in partnership with the Santo Domingo Pueblo, the Tuba City community on the Navajo (Diné) Nation, and the White Mountain Apache Tribe.

Feast for the Future is a community-envisioned program that aims to promote:

  • The reintroduction of healthy indigenous foods, diets, agriculture, and meal preparation;
  • Nutrition education;
  • Healthy food access; and
  • Intergenerational knowledge sharing.

Why is This Important?

Access to safe, nutritious, and affordable foods is a basic human right that many indigenous communities are not granted. Many barriers include, but are not limited to: geographic location, the food aid system, and the forced loss of traditional foods and food preparation. The barriers to food access and the removal of cultural and traditional food cultivation and preparation have contributed to food insecurity, malnutrition, and an increased prevalence of food-related illnesses in AI/AN communities.

The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health is committed to empowering American Indian communities across the United States and beyond. Our collaboration with three indigenous communities resulted in the development of a unique program to strategically address access to nutritious and culturally appropriate foods.