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Adopt-A-Native-Elder (A.N.E.) serves to help reduce extreme poverty and hardship facing traditional Elders living on the Navajo Reservation. A.N.E. is a trusted humanitarian organization focused on delivering food, medical supplies, firewood and other forms of Elder support. Respecting the tradition and dignity of Navajo Elders, we create relationships and honor and serve the Elders.

The Program is organized in the Native American Spirit of the Giveaway Circle. The Giveaway Circle has a tradition of giving the best that we have. That may be a gift of time, talents or skills, or actual gifts of food and donations. When asked what the boxes of food meant to her, Ruth Benally explained that they were like "miracles from the sky." The miracle is the letters and gifts that arrive from people that they don't know and may never meet.

For over 30 years, Adopt-A-Native-Elder has used an integrated approach to go beyond charity to assist indigent Elders on the Navajo Reservation in Utah and Arizona.


$300 Adoption & Yearly Support matches you with an Elder and provides your Elder with food that Adopt-A-Native-Elder delivers on our twice annual Food Run delivery.

$200 Firewood Voucher helps an Elder to heat their home and to cook their meals.

$25 Food Certificates may be purchased to supplement an Elders throughout the year.

$50 Yarn Bundles may be ordered for a weaver to make a small rug to sell. You may also purchase a weaver’s rug from our website.

One hundred percent of your donation to any of these assistance programs goes directly to an Elder.

Throughout the over three decades of A.N.E.’s existence, the vital cog that makes our program work is all of you, our sponsors, volunteers, donors, and support people. Without you, we would not be able to provide food, medical supplies, yarn, and firewood for the Elders.

We ask for your help. Please take some time to engage your friends, families, and neighbors. Tell them about the plight of the Elders and how they can help. Thank you!


Your volunteerism greatly helps us to support Elders on the Navajo Reservation. When we work together, we have the power to create a better world.

The Adopt-A-Native-Elder warehouse is centrally located just off I15 in Salt Lake City at 328 W. Gregson Ave (3100 South & 300 West).

Activities include such things as packing food boxes and other necessities that the Elders need for the spring and fall Food Runs, filling backpacks and Christmas stockings for school children, and packing Grandma and Grandpa boxes. Your volunteer time with us will be rewarding for you and provide much needed assistance for the Elders.

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Throughout the thirteen spring Food Run deliveries, Adopt-A-Native-Elder and more than 160 Food Run volunteers will deliver more than 500,000 pounds of food, medical supplies, and everyday necessities that help the Elders we serve to age in place on their homelands.   This massive undertaking requires an enormous contribution of time, hard work, and hands from our community of volunteers, sponsors, and donors. 

The Spring Food Runs are filled for drivers. Thank you to those who are join us in serving the Elders. It's going to be a great run!


The Adopt-A-Native-Elder Program exists to create a bridge of hope between Native Americans and other cultures. It allows us to reach out to one another, share our gifts, and mend the broken circle of our relationship with the Land and the Native Americans who hold it in sacred trust.