Project Term: 24 months; 2018-2020
Grant Amount: $51,090
This project will develop a community dining program in Arlee, Montana. The model is based on a national program developed by Harvard University, that involves strengthening families, improving kinship support, and addressing healthy eating and nutrition. The project builds on current programming by the Arlee Community Development Corporation which includes hosting community dinners with youth tracks for 26 families; providing nutrition education, meal planning, and cooking classes; and developing garden boxes and a community farmers market. The project’s goal is to conduct community dinners that incorporate youth and adult cooking classes, include traditional native foods in meal planning, and facilitate dinner conversation and games. Partnerships include the Arlee School District who will be providing kitchen space, Hopa Mountain who will help train staff in developing community engagement techniques, and CSKT Tribal Health.