Breakfast, lunch, & dinner with every PURCHASE
In the winter of 2017, The Tribe & True Foundation® was brought to life. Now, with every purchase, FIVE NATIVE AMERICANS IN NEED ARE PROVIDED WITH BREAKFAST, LUNCH, & DINNER.
It all started on our annual jewelry trip to New Mexico to meet with our Navajo and Zuni silversmith partners. We couldn't help but notice the overwhelming poverty and sense of struggle that surrounded us. Even though the landscape of this region is unbelievably beautiful, the reality is disheartening. Not only are people struggling to survive, they're struggling to find their next meal. New Mexico has the highest poverty rate in the nation and our silversmiths live in the poorest, most economically stressed county in the state. With no jobs on the reservation and an array of other economic issues, the day-to-day struggle is very real, and so many people are left feeling an unbareable weight of the world. We left with a hole in our hearts, and this hole created a burning desire and need to do something about it.
The Tribe & True Foundation® was created to assist Native American children and families throughout the New Mexico region to access healthy and nutritious food. We partner with The Community Pantry to provide meals to Natives in need & Hope Garden to provide several acres of land for growing produce. The Community Pantry & Hope Garden have taken huge strides in Gallup and surrounding areas in New Mexico to promote self-sustainability and healthy living through the demonstration gardens on site. "We're vital to their existence, we're vital to their survival. We're vital to their quality of life and I don't want us to go away -- because we are here to make life better for our communities." - Alice Perez, Executive Director of Community Pantry of New Mexico.
The Hope Garden features several acres of land for growing produce, and a multitude of “hoop houses”. The hoop houses are covered areas used for vegetables and herbs during the growing season, promoting self-sustainability and healthy living through demonstration gardens on site.
Thousands of low income families are provided with meals as well as food boxes each month. Healthy produce options are provided to promote a positive well-being and assist Natives that struggle with diabetes and other health concerns.