Food Distribution Mission

Our mission is to provide commodity food to low-income Native American households living on and off the reservations.

The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) provides a variety of Commodity Foods to low-income households living on or near Indian reservations. These foods include fresh and canned vegetables, frozen meats, breakfast cereals, cheese, and butter. Many households participate in the FDPIR as an alternative to the Food Stamp Program, because they do not have easy access to Food Stamp offices or authorized food stores.

FDPIR is administered at the Federal level by the Food and Nutrition Service (FNS), an agency of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. FDPIR is administered locally in the Midwest through agreements with Indian Tribal Organizations (ITOs) throughout Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

USDA purchases and ships commodities to Programs based on their orders from a list of available foods. The Programs store and distribute the food, determine applicant eligibility, and provide nutrition education to recipients. USDA also provides funding to assist with administrative costs.

To learn more about the FDPIR, please visit the USDA website.

“In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), religious creed, disability, age, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English.  Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at: USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, from any USDA office, by calling (833) 620-1071, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to:

  1. Food and Nutrition Service, USDA
    1320 Braddock Place, Room 334
    Alexandria, VA 22314; or
  2. fax: (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email: [email protected]

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.”

FDPIR (The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations)

Information and requirements for FDPIR

FDPIR Application – Revised 12.2023

USDA Food Distribution Program – Indian Reservations

USDA FDPIR Applicant-Recipient


Physical Address
2960 Dontz Rd
Manistee, MI 49660

Mailing Address
2608 Government Center Drive
Attn: Food Distribution
Manistee, MI 49660

Phone Number (231) 655-1673
Toll-free 1-888-723-8288