MSG is pleased to announce that is has been awarded a contract with the USDA Food and Nutrition Service to evaluate a regional pilot model for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations.The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) supports the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FPDIR), which is designed to provide foods to low-income households, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations and in the State of Oklahoma. As of 2015, there are approximately 272 tribes receiving benefits under FDPIR.
Changes to the supply system for FDPIR warrant a new analysis. MSG is tasked with comparing the total costs of foods provided to tribal organizations through both new and standard distribution models, using administrative data and conducting in-depth interviews with program operators and participants. MSG’s findings will culminate in a comprehensive final report.