Nutrition and Food Access - ITCMI

Nutrition and Food Access

Nutrition-related chronic disease (diabetes, cancer, and heart disease) impacts many and can be prevented through living a healthy lifestyle including physical activity and proper nutrition.  In an ever-changing world with a complicated food supply, nutritional knowledge is more important than ever to support healthy behavior change. The ITCM has initiated this compendium of culturally appropriate materials to increase both the knowledge and the consumption of healthy traditional foods to prevent disease and to achieve improved health. 


The USDA Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) provides food to income-eligible Native American families. Below is a list of FDPIR locations in Michigan.

Little River Band of Ottawa Indians
2608 Government Center Drive
Manistee, MI 49660

Ken LaHaye, Director of Food Distribution

Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians
824 Charlevoix Avenue
Petoskey, MI 49770

Joe VanAlstine, FDPIR Program Specialist

Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians
58620 Sink Road
Dowagiac, MI 49047

David Halquist, Jr., FDPIR Supervisor

Bay Mills Indian Community
12497 W. Lakeshore Drive
Brimley, MI 49715

Kristine Schwiderson, FDPIR Director

Sault Sainte Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
3601 S. Mackinac Trail
Sault Sainte Marie, MI 49783

Tony Nertoli, FDPIR Director

Keweenaw Bay Indian Community
16613 Skanee Road
L’Anse, MI 49946

Darren Webb, FDPIR Director