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COVID-19 Alerts

COVID-19 Alerts

As long as the COVID-19 response and impacts are occurring, NAAF will monitor as many sources as possible and will post links to resources and important efforts underway to stabilize our communities, provide support to Native farmers and ranchers, fishers and food champions. We are also monitoring sources for solid information pertaining to the four types of eligible entities that NAAF can work through: nonprofit organizations, CDFIs, educational institutions and Tribal governments. If you know of resources that we should include, please don’t hesitate to let us know.

COVID-19 Resource Library
Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative
March 20, 2020
https://indigenousfoodandag.com/covid-19/

Strengthening Public Health Systems and Services through National Partnerships to Improve and Protect the Nations Health
VIEW GRANT OPPORTUNITY
grants.gov
March 20, 2020
https://www.grants.gov/web/grants/view-opportunity.html?oppId=324734

Support America’s Most Vulnerable Communities By Ordering These Indigenous Foods Online
UPROXX
March 23, 2020
https://uproxx.com/life/buy-native-american-food-for-delivery/

Help us reach our goal of raising $250,000 for the Native American Community Response Fund!
Native Americans in Philanthropy
https://nativephilanthropy.org/coronavirus/

Farm & Food System Resources amid COVID-19
Land for Good
https://landforgood.org/resources/resources-covid-19/

Tribal Colleges Need Immediate Funding to Confront COVID-19 Challenges
Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education
March 24, 2020
https://tribalcollegejournal.org/tribal-colleges-need-immediate-funding-to-confront-covid-19-challenges/

The coronavirus is exacerbating vulnerabilities Native communities already face
Vox
March 25, 2020
https://www.vox.com/2020/3/25/21192669/coronavirus-native-americans-indians

COVID-19 Resources
NC State Extension
https://foodsafety.ces.ncsu.edu/covid-19-resources/

Federal Stimulus Includes Money for Agriculture, as Farm Suppliers Accelerate Planting Input Deliveries
Family Policy News
March 29, 2020
https://farmpolicynews.illinois.edu/2020/03/federal-stimulus-includes-money-for-agriculture-as-farm-suppliers-accelerate-planting-input-deliveries/

Community Care: An Indigenous Response to Coronavirus
Yes! Magazine
March 30, 2020
https://www.yesmagazine.org/opinion/2020/03/30/coronavirus-indigenous-community-care/

A COVID-19 update
Dear Native Farm Bill Coalition Community:

During these difficult and trying times, we want to provide you all with an update on actions by the Native Farm Bill Coalition (NFBC) in response to the COVID-19 emergency and its impact on tribes and tribal producers, and resources from our partners.

The U.S. Congress just passed H.R. 748 – The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, its third bill to respond to emergency COVID-19 actions happening across the country.

The bill included some provisions specific to Indian Country, including:

  • An $8 billion stabilization fund set aside for tribes in response to COVID-19;
  • $100 million for the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), featuring:
    • $50 million for food purchases;
    • $50 million for facility improvement and equipment upgrades;
    • $20 million to the Older Americans Act and Tribal Nutrition Program for the delivery of nutrition services to elders.

The CARES Act also provides support for farmers and ranchers through U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs and funding, including:

  • $9.5 billion in disaster funding for livestock and dairy, fruit and vegetable growers, and local food producers;
  • $14 billion to bolster the Commodity Credit Corporation, a critical safety net fund;
  • $10 million in loan interruption support for small businesses.

More information on the USDA programs and funding can be found here.

Upcoming webinar
The NFBC will be hosting a webinar on Wednesday, April 1, at 3 p.m. ET, to take a deeper dive into the nutrition provisions and mechanisms for implementation. This webinar will also include a tribal government and producer listening session to hear concerns and work toward solutions. Register for the webinar here.

Tribal specific resources on COVID-19

NativeFarmBillCoalition.org

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) Information Sheet: Borrowers
U.S. Department of the Treasury
Information Fact Sheet

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