President Ben Shelly Tours Food Pantry
On May 9, Navajo Nation President Ben Shelly toured The Community Pantry in Gallup, New Mexico to explore ways the Nation can partner with the pantry. According to a Nation press release the pantry opened its door in 1999 and serves about 37,000 people, 90 percent are Native American and mostly Navajo. A demand for food has seen the pantry turn people away and Shelly is exploring a partnership through Navajo programs such as Division of Social Services and the Navajo Department of Health. “They serve a lot of our people, and we should do what we can to help them,” President Shelly said in the release.