First Nations Kitchen at All Saint’s Episcopal Indian Mission, Minneapolis, Minn.

First Nations Kitchen is a ministry of All Saint’s Episcopal Indian Mission that serves weekly healthy, organic, traditional indigenous food in a welcoming, family environment. While all are welcome at the table, First Nations Kitchen primarily serves indigenous people in the Twin Cities, particularly residents of nearby Little Earth of the United Tribes, the largest indigenous urban housing community in the U.S. First Nations Kitchen models environmentally sustainable practices in all aspects of the program (composting, recycling) and serves fare based on an ancestral diet of First Nations people (buffalo, wild rice, elk, fish, deer and turkey). Every week, First Nations Kitchen also rescues and distributes fresh, organic produce both to dinner guests and to underserved people throughout the Twin Cities.

How does First Nations Kitchen exemplify traditioned innovation? 
First Nations Kitchen has contextualized the traditional feeding ministry of churches in a creative way, serving the residents of Little Earth with food based on the ancestral diet of First Nations people.

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