Community Support Services

Community Support Services includes the Elder Services Program, Family Violence Prevention Program, Elder Abuse Program, Women’s Shelter, Sexual Assault Program, Community Advocates, Food Distribution, Food Shelf, Emergency Loan Program, and Elder/Disabled Care Coordination.

Emergency Services Loan Program

Energy Emergency Loan Application

Food Distribution Program Application

Elder Services

The services provided by Elder Services are Social Nutrition, Congregate and Home Delivery, Elder/Disabled Energy Program, Information and Referrals, Advocacy and Outreach on Elder Services only, Elder Activities and Educational Conferences and Wisdom Steps.

Lunch Program

To apply for the lunch program, contact the Elder Services Office or pick up a one-page application at any of the Assisted Living Units in one of the Mille Lacs Band outer three Districts.

Energy Program

The Elder Energy Program was designed to provide that MLB Elder/Disabled with financial assistance to pay their utilities if they fall behind financially and have exhausted the State Energy Program.

To apply for the Energy Program, contact the Elder Energy Technician or pick up an application at any of the Assisted Living Units in one of the Mille Lacs Band Districts listed. If you are pre-enrolled or have been a participant, applications will be mailed to you automatically annually.

For more information please contact our office at 320-532-7532 or 320-532-7854.

Denise Sargent
Elder Services Coordinator

800-709-6445 Ext.7854


Elder Services Assistant

800-709-6445 Ext.7532


Elder Activities Coordinator

800-709-6445 Ext. 7853


Elder Energy Technician

800-709-6445 Ext. 7543


Family Violence Prevention

Emergency Services

The Mille Lacs Band’s Emergency Services Office provides assistance in the following areas:

  • Emergency Loan Program
  • Emergency Assistance Program
  • Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)
  • DIW Food Shelf

Applications for these programs can be obtained from the Emergency Services Office, at the District Community Centers, and Assisted Living Units, or can be faxed, mailed or e-mailed to you. Applications for emergency assistance can also be downloaded at the top of this page.

The Emergency Loan Program provides limited assistance to enrolled Band members experiencing an unforeseen emergency. Services include:

Utility emergencies
Medical emergencies (does not include advanced-notice medical appointments)
Funeral emergencies
Eviction/rent emergencies
Fire/natural disaster emergencies
Clothing emergencies (for people leaving a treatment of correctional facility)

After-Hours Emergency Line


24-hour Fax:320-532-7546

The Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), which provides food packages, is an alternative to food stamps. The program serves eligible Band members located in or near the Mille Lacs Reservation (excluding households located in cities with a population of 10,000 or more).

Eligible and certified Band members can pick up their monthly food order at the Commod Building in District I Monday–Friday from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. The program also delivers food packages one day per month to the Isle and Lake Lena Community Centers and the East Lake and Hinckley Assisted Living Units.

FDPIR Commodities requests/orders

Roberta Sam
Food Distribution Clerk

24-Hour Fax: 320-532-3725

The Food Distribution Program is responsible for providing nutritious food packages which include fresh fruits and vegetables to households who meet the requirements and guidelines

Food Shelf: The Mille Lacs Band provides food shelves in Districts I, II, and III. The food shelves provides nutritious food packages to families in need. Eligibility: Mille Lacs Band member, Tribal ID or state ID, proof of residency, social security numbers and birthdays on applications.


Food Shelf Application

Elder/Disabled Care Coordination

This program provides long-term care consultation services to Band members, spouses, and other household members living in Aitkin, Benton, Crow Wing, Kanabec, Mille Lacs, Morrison, and Pine Counties. The program also administers Elderly Waiver (EW), Alternative Care (AC), Community Alternative Care (CAC), Community Alternatives for Disabled Individuals (CADI), and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) programs.

Minnesota Adult Abuse reporting center, available 24/7