title:tribal food distribution

Tribal Food Distribution Program has been approved by the USDA FNS to distribute disaster food benefits to any household that may be suffering significant economic losses due to layoffs, furloughs, or significant food access challenges due to COVID-19. Learn more

The Tribal Food Distribution Program is dedicated to distributing nutritious foods to eligible households living within the four county areas of the Qualla Indian Boundary (lands in Jackson, Swain, Cherokee and Graham counties) and fall within USDA regulations. Service through the Food Distribution Program allows participants to select food items to help meet their nutritional needs. USDA has developed a well-balanced food package for each participating household member. Dry goods, canned fruits, vegetables, meats and a choice of different types of fresh produce and frozen meets are available in the food package. The food packages are based on the size of the family and are to supplement the families’ food needs for the month.

Coolers of food at tribal food distribution center

In-person interviews are required for all applicants. Please download the EBCI Tribal Food Distribution Application to learn what information is required and what to bring with you when you come in for your interview. EBCI per capita is not counted towards income.

cereals and juices offered in tribal food distribution program

  Tribal food distribution program pallets in warehouse

This program is funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.
Services are provided through the Food Distribution Center and two tailgate sites.

The first Tuesday of the month food is distributed at the Snowbird Community Center and the first Thursday of the month in Graham County at the Community Center.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture prohibits discrimination against its customers, employees, and applicants for employment on the bases of race, color, national origin, age, disability, sex, gender identity, religion, reprisal, and where applicable, political beliefs, marital status, familial or parental status, sexual orientation, or all or part of an individual’s income is derived from any public assistance program, or protected genetic information in employment or in any program or activity conducted or funded by the Department. (Not all prohibited bases will apply to all programs and/or employment activities.) USDA Non-Discrimination Statement

If you wish to file a Civil Rights program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, found online or at any USDA office, or call (866) 632-9992 to request the form. You may also write a letter containing all of the information requested in the form. Send your completed complaint form or letter to us by mail at U.S. Department of Agriculture, Director, Office of Adjudication, 1400 Independence Avenue, S.W., Washington, D.C. 20250-9410, by fax (202) 690-7442 or email at program.intake@usda.gov

Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339; or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). 

tribal food distribution building exterior

2260 Old Mission Rd.
Cherokee, NC 28719

Frank Dunn, Sr.
Program Manager
828-359-0408 (fax)

Monday - Friday
7:45 am - 4:30 pm

Appointment Hours (must be scheduled) Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm.

828-788-6258, or