Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations [FDPIR] Law and Legal Definition

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) is a Federal program provided the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) that provides commodity foods to low-income households, including the elderly, living on Indian reservations, and to Native American families residing in designated areas near reservations. The FDPIR allows Indian Tribal Organizations to operate a food distribution program as an alternative to the Food Stamp Program for those living on or near an Indian reservation.

FDPIR offers a variety of commodities to help participants maintain a balanced diet. In many locations, fresh produce may be selected in lieu of canned fruit and vegetables. Program participants also receive nutrition education to help them make the most nutritious use of the USDA commodity foods. In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must have cash resources of less than $1,751 ($3,001 for households with elderly members).