United Indian Health Services believes that the health of the community is only as strong as the mind, body, and spirit of each individual within it.
In 1999, the Community Nutrition Program (CNP) and Potawot Community Food Garden were established within the Community Health and Wellness Division. The CNP consists of the Potawot Food Garden and CalFresh Supplemental Assistance Program outreach and application assistance. The Potawot Community Food Garden is a certified Farmers Market and works with the UIHS Clients who are participants in the CalFresh Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program by accepting Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), Women Infant and Children (WIC) Program Senior Nutrition Program, and our Diabetes Program.
The garden has donated thousands of pounds of produce annually to local food banks, tribal youth events, tribal community events, and cultural activities. The CNP has 18 years of direct experience in weaving the local food web to combat food insecurity and promoting healthy nutrition for our UIHS tribal communities.