Food Distribution to Tribal Nation Communities

"We started looking around to see who was left behind in the relief efforts. It was clear that...our regional Tribal Nations are ignored."
- Justin Zeulner, President, The Wave Foundation

This Giving Tuesday (and everyday!) we hope you'll consider supporting organizations that directly impact Tribal Nation and BIPOC communities. We've had the honor and privilege of serving our regional Tribal Nation communities and are thrilled to continue this important work well into the future. Thank you for your trust and your contributions; we're all in this together!


People are out of work. People need food.

The Wave Food Program increases local food recovery, gets people back to work, feeds the food insecure, and shifts to more resilient community food systems. The program is inclusive of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, giving preference to sourcing from these providers and providing healthy and sustainable foods to these communities.

The Wave is committed to environmental justice and our programs are designed to benefit vulnerable communities and those left behind. The Tribal Nations are disproportionately affected by the impacts of COVID-19 and have been largely ignored in relief efforts. In this Food Program Model utilizing tribal event and community centers as packaging and distribution facilities, the tribal communities provide for their communities through both increased economic activity and by providing healthy and sustainable food for their consumption.

For the pilot program, we are collaborating with tribal event and community centers and regional iconic venues to support the distribution of regional foods from our farmers, fish-harvesters, ranchers, and agriculture businesses, with an emphasis on feeding our regional tribal communities. We leverage the capacity of these venues (storage, kitchens, staff, parking, etc.) to prepare and/or distribute the food. We reach food desert communities by utilizing our food truck network via a partnership with Food Fleet .

The Wave food boxes provide healthy, nutritious, regional food to the community. The boxes include produce, grains, seafood, and other proteins in nutritionally balanced proportions with respect to cultural relevance. We include recipes and non-indoor kitchen cooking techniques from local chefs so already stressed households will find making a chef-inspired meal from these boxes as easy as making a hamburger.

The Wave sources from regional farms, fisheries, ranches and other agricultural businesses. This helps keep independent farmers harvesting, independent fish-harvesters on the water and waterfronts working and healthy, independent ranchers raising healthy livestock, and other agricultural businesses economically viable. To the extent possible, we are dedicated to supporting local BIPOC-owned businesses in our sourcing.


About The Wave Foundation (Tax ID 84-3224211)
The Wave is a coalition of the most culturally significant and iconic stakeholders collaborating to accelerate environmental programs that address climate change, environmental justice, and youth engagement. Our partnerships with community leaders allow us to rely on their support and knowledge of local needs. Our food program is designed to transition to sourcing and producing food in a manner that is healthier for people and the long-term health of the planet. Learn more about our team and their expertise on our website .

Photo montage showcases the fish from "sea to fork", starting with our Alaskan fisherman all the way to our first distribution effort on July 15, 2020 in Cascade Locks, OR providing teriyaki lingcod hot meals via Koi Fusion food truck and frozen lingcod and sablefish fillets to take home.



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