The Feast for the Future program is an innovative and holistic initiative that supports access to healthy and nutritious foods for American Indian children and communities. Feast for the Future promotes Native communities’ capacity to reintroduce indigenous foods and agriculture. It was designed and implemented by the Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health in partnership with the Santo Domingo Pueblo, the Tuba City community on the Navajo (Diné) Nation, and the White Mountain Apache Tribe.
Feast for the Future is a community-driven program that promotes:
- The reintroduction of healthy indigenous foods, diets, agriculture, and meal preparation;
- Nutrition education;
- Healthy food access; and
- Intergenerational knowledge sharing.
Why is this Important?
Access to safe, nutritious, and affordable foods is a basic human right that many indigenous communities are not granted. Many barriers include, but are not limited to: geographic location, the food aid system, and the forced loss of traditional foods and food preparation. The barriers to food access and the removal of cultural and traditional food cultivation and preparation have contributed to food insecurity, malnutrition, and an increased prevalence of food-related illnesses in AI/AN communities.
The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health is committed to empowering American Indian communities across the United States and beyond. Our collaboration with three indigenous communities resulted in the development of this unique program to strategically address access to nutritious and culturally appropriate foods. Having developed and evaluated Feast for the Future, our goal is to empower communities by providing tools to revitalize their traditional foodways and improve their health through structured, sustainable program components.
How Can Communities Use the Digital Toolkit?
- Create your Feast for the Future account.
- Use the Does Feast for the Future Fit Your Community page to help you answer questions to identify the right programs for your community.
- Read the Implementation Guide to learn more about the process of starting a Feast for the Future program.
- Establish a Community Advisory Board to help guide the development of Feast for the Future in your community.
How the Interactive Guides Work
The guides are written as a series of how-to steps to help in planning, doing, and evaluating each program. They are designed for the Community Advisory Boards and partners to complete.
Download the example guide first, and then use it to help you through the interactive guides. Examples are included throughout the guides, but feel free to create different answers to best fit your needs – you know your community best!