The mission of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Food Distribution Program is to distribute nutritious foods from a well-balanced food package in a dignified environment while providing healthy nutrition education and food preparation to eligible Native American households residing in the tribal jurisdictional area of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes.

The Cheyenne and Arapaho Food Distribution Program is dedicated to distributing nutritious foods to eligible members of any federally recognized tribe living within the former reservation boundaries of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes, as recognized by the Tribes and the Department of Interior. This includes Blaine, Custer, Dewey, Major, Roger Mills, Washita, and parts of Woodward, Kingfisher, Canadian, Ellis and Beckham counties near the reservation boundaries. The cities of El Reno and Woodward are excluded unless the household resides outside the city limits.

Services are provided through the food distribution center and four tailgate sites. The food distribution center is set in a grocery store environment, which allows time for participants to shop for them and their families. It is located one mile South of Watonga on Highway 281. The four tailgate sites are located as follows:

Clinton I and II; at the Clinton Indian Hospital located right off West bound I-40 at the Clinton Indian Hospital exit.

Hammon; at the Hammon Community Hall located off State Highway 34, three (3) blocks South of Highway 33, turn west on Dunn Ave., and four blocksWest on the North side of the road.

Seiling; at the Seiling Community Hall located on Highway 270 in Downtown Seiling

Elk City; at the Church of the Nazarene located at 816 W. 6 Street in Elk City

1. Tribal Membership card/CDIB card for at least one household member.
2. Identity verification is required for all household members. Acceptable verification includes but is not limited to driver’s license, work or school I.D., voter registration card, birth certificate or I.D. cards for health benefits, other programs or social services.
3. Income verification from all household members age 18 or older, wage statements for a full month (paycheck stubs, employer's statement or other). Self-employed individuals must provide the scheduled current tax forms. All household members receiving unearned income such as Social Security, disability, etc., must provide award letters or notices, copies of checks or verified printouts. A statement from two adults regarding unemployment status is required for household members who are unemployed.
4. Residency verification in the form of a complete utility bill, phone bill or rent receipt showing a name and physical address.

The household may not participate in the Food Distribution Program and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), formerly known as the Food Stamp program in the same month. Households cannot participate in more than one Food Distribution Program in the same month.

Households are certified based on income and resource standards set by USDA.  Households have the right to submit an application the same day they contact the food distribution office. Households do not have to be interviewed before they turn in their application but must be interviewed by the certifying staff for eligibility determination before receiving food benefits. If a household disagrees with any action taken, the household or their representative is entitled to request a fair hearing. This request can be in written form or the household can make a verbal request.


The food distribution store is closed for inventory the last two working days of each month.



In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture policy, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, political beliefs, or disability. To file a complaint of discrimination, write
USDA, Director, Office of Adjudication and Compliance,
1400 Independence Avenue, SW Washington D.C. 20250-9410
or call (866)632-9992 (voice).
Individuals who are hearing impaired or have speech disabilities may contact USDA thru the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339 or (800) 845-6136 (Spanish). USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.