Adopt An Elder
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the heartbreaking rate of infections and deaths on the Navajo Reservation, Adopt A Native Elder is not assigning Elders to new adoptions. Please consider donating to provide food certificates to an Elder in immediate need of assistance.
You can donate for food certificates now by clicking the red DONATE TODAY button on the top of the page. All donations will be used to send food certificates to an Elder in immediate need.
Adopting an Elder is one of the many ways in which you can participate in the Giveaway Circle. Adopt-A-Native-Elder is designed to build a bridge between individuals and cultures through opportunities to “adopt” Elders and help provide some of their basic needs.
You choose the way that best fits your specific interest and ability to give.
When you adopt, you commit to providing your Elder with two sets of Rainbow Food boxes annually. A.N.E. provides and delivers the food. The cost is $100 per set (one set of Rainbow Food boxes for the spring Foodrun and one set of Rainbow Food boxes for the fall Foodrun), $200 total.
While adoption does not necessarily mean a lifelong commitment, friendships that last a lifetime may develop between the Elders and people who adopt them. Some sponsors choose to visit their Elders at the Foodruns. Others correspond through letters.
In a matter of days of receiving your adoption application, you will be matched with your Elder(s). We’ll send you a welcome kit complete with everything you need to know. The $225.00 adoption fee also includes a one-year subscription to our newsletter and covers the cost of your first spring and fall Foodrun food box sets. After your initial year, you will make your subsequent Rainbow Food box donations before each Foodrun. The information on when your donations are due is available in the newsletters prior to the Foodruns.
After you receive your Elder information packet, we encourage you to introduce yourself to your Elder directly by mail. To make sure that all needs are met, the Program generally assigns each Elder at least two adopters. An alternative to adopting an Elder is to enroll in our Food Certificate Sponsorship Program. Becoming a Food Certificate Sponsor is a six month or one year commitment and a one-time billing.
If you have additional questions concerning the Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program, please see our frequently asked questions page, call (801) 474-0535, or send us an email. Thank you!