Project Angel Food is proud to announce the launch of the Native American Diabetes Pilot Program to provide medically tailored meals and nutrition counseling intervention for Native American residents with diabetes in Los Angeles County. The program is made possible by a multi-year partnership grant from Runningbear Ramirez, with additional support from Ken Ramirez, Ramirez Family Foundation, and Mikaela Verstraete, of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. During times of uncertainty and division, it is essential to have strong allies who are united around our lifesaving mission and we are grateful to have this opportunity to acknowledge their support.
For Native Americans in California, diabetes is one of the top two chronic conditions affecting their community. In 2007, almost a third of all Native Americans in the state had diabetes. Roughly a quarter of them were under the age of 65 and those over the age 65 received a diagnosis of diabetes at a rate of 1 in 3. Currently, Native Americans represent less than 1% of Project Angel Food’s client base, but this pilot program aims to increase that number and expand services to Native Americans whose diabetes are often not the only chronic condition they are facing.
The Native American Diabetes Pilot Program includes outreach to Native American service providers, delivery of diabetic meals to Native Americans residents in Los County for 6 months, and research and evaluation to determine need and track health and behavior outcomes for the duration of the multi-year program. Our goal is to prove the capacity of medically tailored meals to improve health outcomes and increase understanding and awareness of the specific health needs of Native American communities.
If you’d like to contribute to Project Angel Food’s groundbreaking Native American Diabetes Pilot Program, please click here.