Food Distribution

Mission Statement

The Food Distribution Program is designed to promote the general welfare and to safeguard the health and well being of the community by raising the levels of nutrition among eligible low-income households living on or near the Coeur d’Alene or Kootenai reservations.


The Food Distribution Program is a federally funded program. The program provides commodity foods and nutrition education to lowincome households on the Coeur d’Alene reservation. The program is alternative to the food stamp program. At this time there are 246 households certified. Canned goods, fresh fruits, frozen meats and flour products are given out in a monthly supply.

The program offers limited emergency food assistance. Referrals are made from the Social Services Department. A garden project up and functioning.

Who Qualified for Commodities

  • Must meet income guidelines per USDA-FNS requirements
  • Many deductions can be applied to this amount that may qualify you.
  • Income based for anyone on the reservation.
  • If residing off the reservation, there must be a Tribal member in the household and within 10 miles of the reservation boundaries. 
  • An applicant cannot receive SNAP benefits and Commodities during the same month.

How to Apply

  • Applications available at the FD warehouse and the Coeur d’Alene Tribal Social Services.
  • Applications must be signed and dated.
  • Documentation of income of all adults  in the household for last 30 days.
  • Social Security card ( tax return or enrollment documentation will suffice)
  • Documentation of physical address, such as utility bill, driver’s license or legal ID.

Download, Complete, and Return the application

What to Expect After Applying

  • Generally takes 7 days to process application.
  • In emergency or crisis situation food may be distributed that day.

About Second Harvest

  • Extension of Second Harvest of Inland Northwest.
  • No income or residential restrictions.
  • Second and fourth Tuesdays of every month.

U.S. Department of Agriculture Statement

In accordance with Federal Civil Rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Civil Rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity (including gender expression), sexual orientation, disability, age, marital status, family/parental status, income derived from a public assistance program, political beliefs, or reprisal or retaliation for prior credible activity, in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA (not all bases apply to all programs). Remedies and complaint filing deadlines vary by program or incident.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible Agency or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program discrimination complaint, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at How to File a Program Discrimination Complaint and at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: (1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; (2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or (3) email:

USDA is an equal opportunity provider, employer, and lender.

Food Distribution Program


Admin Assistant

Monday – Friday
8AM – 4:30PM

30903 S. Cave Bay Rd
Worley, ID 83876