Food distribution going strong with help of CN officials, volunteers

BY JOSH FOURKILLER
Multimedia Specialist
08/06/2020 11:30 AM
STILWELL – Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Cherokee Nation has been able to provide food for citizens in need across the tribe’s jurisdiction.

CN officials and many volunteers have come together in a time of need to help their respective communities.

“When we first started this (food distribution) we wanted to help out and didn’t quite know what we were taking on, but it’s been such a blessing,” said Dist. 7 Tribal Councilor Canaan Duncan. “We’ve had so many people come out and help and honestly Shawn (Crittenden, Dist. 8 councilor) and I couldn’t do it without the community coming out and helping us every week.”

CN has a partnership with 180 Disaster Relief and Go Fresh to help provide the boxes of food being distributed. 180 Disaster Relief and Go Fresh are providing the food for free and CN is providing the manpower to pick up and deliver the food. Boxes of food vary from week to week, but citizens receiving boxes can expect to have plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables as well as milk and dairy products.

“Everybody’s needing it, no matter what background you come from. Everybody has been coming out and everybody has been so appreciative. You can tell that it’s a tough time for everybody and we’re all coming together and making sure everybody’s taken care of,” Duncan said. “I haven’t been on the Council long, I’m still young coming on two years, but this has been the highlight of it. Community coming together, all walks of life coming together and just helping each other. That’s the way it was in the old days and that’s what we’re doing today in the midst of a crisis, and it just makes my heart happy."

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Multimedia Specialist Josh Fourkiller currently lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma but calls Stilwell his hometown. He began working at the Cherokee Phoenix in February of 2020. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Josh always knew he wanted to work for the Cherokee p ...
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Multimedia Specialist Josh Fourkiller currently lives in Tahlequah, Oklahoma but calls Stilwell his hometown. He began working at the Cherokee Phoenix in February of 2020. Born and raised in Oklahoma, Josh always knew he wanted to work for the Cherokee p ...

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