"Poverty is Racist. Racial injustice has contributed and sustained many of the injustices in our food system.”
•Homeownership among whites is at 74% but within black and latinx communities it’s at on 45% and 47% respectively.
•It is over twice as likely that a white community member will graduate from college than a black community member.
•Black Community members are five times as likely as whites to live in neighborhoods and communities with poverty rates of 40 percent or more.
•1 out of every 3 black men will be incarcerated at some point in their life. This compares to 1 in 17 white men.
•The average hourly wage for black workers today is still less than the 1979 average wage for white workers.
Taking ending hunger seriously means that we need to take inequitable systems seriously. We believe it is unacceptable that the color of someone’s skin should dictate whether they have access to healthy, affordable food. Often times this is the case. Communities of color suffer from fewer resources, opportunities and avenues for advancement.
Too often in our history barriers and segregation have been put in place that have targeted people of color. We must eliminate the barriers that have been set up and also work to ensure that those who have been wounded by our history of racial injustice are restored.
The simple, sobering fact is that hunger is more common among communities of color. These communities suffer because of systemic abuse and neglect by the dominant culture. Any hope that we have to end hunger in our community must take special care to support these communities. Without a serious look at restorative action we have little hope of ensuring hunger security in our community.