Eligibility & How to Apply

Last Modified: 02/25/2014

This page will provide a summary of the eligibility requirements for persons interested in participating in the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) and how to apply.

  • Participant Eligibility Requirements.  Low-income American Indian and non-Indian households that reside on a reservation, and households living in approved areas near a reservation or in Oklahoma that contain at least one person who is a member of a Federally-recognized tribe are eligible to participate in FDPIR. Households are certified based on financial (e.g., income) and non-financial standards set by the Federal government, and must be recertified at least every 12 months. Elderly and disabled households may be certified for up to 24 months.  Households may not participate in FDPIR and the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) in the same month. 
  • How to Apply. Contact your SDA/Indian Tribal Organization (ITO), or the FNS Regional Office in your area for further assistance. For a list of the FDPIR Contacts that administer this program, click here.   To view a fact sheet with frequently asked questions about how this program works, click here.