The Muscogee (Creek) Nation broke ground today, August 28th 2014, on the Nation’s new Koweta Food Distribution Center.
The 7,900 square foot building will serve as a distribution site for qualified Native Americans in need of nutritional assistance. Funding for the Nation’s third food distribution center was approved by the MCN National Council.The two existing centers are located in Okmulgee and Wetumka, Okla. These facilities are fully equipped to provide families with food assistance and accessibility comparable to a trip to the local grocery store.
Master of Ceremonies Geebon Gouge
“Before, families were standing in line at a food truck waiting to get their groceries. It wasn’t personal,” said MCN Food Distribution Program Director Anna Wright. “It’s nice to see the families able to shop and select the items they want that are appropriate for their needs.”
The Food Distribution Program serves low income Native American households, as an alternative to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly known as the Food Stamp Program). Those seeking assistance must provide proof of residence within the MCN jurisdiction, but cannot live inside the city limits of, Tulsa, Muskogee, Broken Arrow or Sand Springs, Okla.Coweta is located in the Northeastern portion of the tribal jurisdiction and the new distribution center will serve more than 300 citizens. Red Stone Construction Services of Tulsa will begin construction on the facility Sept. 1, 2014 and the estimated completion date is set for March 1, 2015.
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George Tiger, Principal Chief
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