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Press Release

Release Date: June 14, 2021
by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office

The Chickasaw Nation Food Distribution Program (FDP) is now open for in person visits, by appointment. Specific entry guidelines have been set in place to allow the participant to have a safe visit.

“We are really excited about reopening the nutrition centers,” said Rachael Collins, director of food distribution and farmers market program. “I am excited for our community and staff to be reunited. I am really proud of the hard work our staff has put into reopening.”

Masks, temperature checks and screening questions are required before entry. Responsible distancing will also be encouraged. Visitation will be by appointment, with only one person per household able to attend the scheduled appointment.

The food distribution program is designed to help promote health and raise nutrition levels of eligible First American households by providing food packages with a wide variety of food choices, including fresh produce and frozen meats.

“It is really great for our clients to be able to make choices,” Collins said. “We have recipe cards in our stores that allow participants to make health decisions for themselves.”

While grocery stores in person visits were not allowed at the nutrition centers during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 24,000 curbside pickups took place for food distribution program clients.

For more information and locations, visit Chickasaw.net/FDP.

About the Food Distribution Program

Nutrition education and commodity foods are available through food distribution program grocery stores in nutrition centers in Ada, Ardmore, Duncan, Tishomingo and Purcell, Oklahoma. Participants may shop on the day of their choice in any of the stores, except when closed for inventory during the last two working days of each month.

Eligibility includes being a citizen of a federally recognized tribe residing with the boundaries of the Chickasaw Nation. Applicants must meet United States Department of Agriculture income guidelines and cannot receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits (SNAP) or have a SNAP application pending.

FDP provides services to Colbert, Oklahoma, one day each month. Appointments may be scheduled by calling (888) 436-7255, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.