Sunday, January 14, 2007

Ponca Elder Food Project 2003 Posted by Picasa

Saturday, January 13, 2007

Indian Elders Food Project

2005 Food Program
Now the goals of this Indian Elders Food Project are disparate to say the least. We want to honor the elders but in doing so we want the different organizations and individual volunteers to work together, getting to know each other as well. We feel that in any community living together, should know a little bit about its neighbors. It is our sincere hope that tolerance and acceptance be the fruit of our labor in this endeavor. The more one person knows about another, there is less likely the opportunity of pre-conceived ideals to be prevalent. Racism and prejudice are rooted in misunderstanding and ignorance. We firmly believe those things can be dispelled through education and exposure. We also believe that if we look hard enough and long enough we will inevitability see that we are more alike than we are different.
So we want to provide food for Indian elders, food that is that is fresh and meets their special dietary needs as many are diabetic and/or have high blood pressure issues. We know too that many live in the extended family setting and some may be even the sole provider for those families. Receiving $100.00 worth of groceries at this time of the year just before the holidays is greatly appreciated by all. Getting people to come together who are from different walks in life with different perspectives is a blessing into itself. If you want to know more about our project or who we are, please feel free to go to our website at I do hope to hear from you.
In 2003 we delivered to fifty elders, we had maybe fifteen volunteers each came back with a story of their encounters. Each volunteer felt rewarded in some way and wanted to do it again. We encouraged each individual volunteer to not just drop off the basket but ask to come inside and take a few minutes to visit and we encouraged each of them to offer a prayer. Not one volunteer came back saying the Indian elder turned down prayer and/or the fellowship. Many were quite moved at the brief meeting with such personable, kind people as the Indian elder.