History of Food Distribution Program
The Muscogee (Creek) Nation was awarded a food distribution grant in August of 1982 under the direction of Chief Claude A. Cox. At that time Muscogee (Creek) Nation was the only tribe to offer this program.
The FDP (Food Distribution Program) officially opened in September 1982, located in a warehouse what was known as the “old ice house” on W. 4th in Okmulgee. At this time the program tailgated to 16 different locations twice a month.
Quickly out growing the warehouse on 4th street, a new warehouse was erected and completed on the complex grounds (now known as Trade & Commerce) in January 1990. This building of 12,500 sq. ft doubled what was being occupied before, including loading docks and a new refrigerated truck.
Then again, outgrowing that facility and keeping up with the times in 2004 another warehouse was built adjacent to the complex that included a full kitchen for nutrition education and a grocery store setting for clients eliminating the need for so many tailgates. The grocery store allowed clients to come in and shop for their commodities instead of being pre boxed.
Yet again, with rising client needs Muscogee (Creek) Nation was able to open a second food distribution store in Wetumka, Oklahoma in April of 2011. This store has been a huge success already serving over 650 clients a month.
Bringing us into 2012, celebrating what a remarkable 30 years our program has had. We are one of only 4 tribes in Oklahoma to have multiple Food Distribution sites for our clients. We service all 11 counties within our jurisdiction, serving over 3000 people each month. We provide home deliveries to our elder and disabled clients and we still tailgate to 3 sites each month. Our program employs 15 knowledgeable and caring staff, with two having over 25 years experience.
2013 brings exciting news for the food distribution program. We are applying for a grant to build what will be our 3rd store. This store will be located in Coweta where our participant numbers are steadily increasing. Since 2010 our client services have doubled in those counties. This store would eliminate a monthly tailgate and would offer clients all food choices available through our program.