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Feature Article in September of 2022

A Journey to Regnite Native American Agriculture in the PUeblos

To address widespread food insecurity on the reservation, the Oneida Nation launched the Oneida Emergency Food Pantry in 2017. “There are no income guidelines. We never turn people away,” says Marlon Skenandore, pantry manager. Initially, the pantry served 12 people daily. Today, it serves more than 700 people a month and receives around 200,000 pounds of food donations a year from sources such as Festival Foods, Fresh Thyme Market, local gardeners, and Feeding Wisconsin. The pantry is also part of a food distribution network of all 11 federally recognized tribes in Wisconsin that assembles 3,600 elder food boxes a month, divided among the tribes. 

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