Reflecting on the history of devastating acts of individual and institutionalized racism that continue to kill Black and brown-skinned citizens of the United States, we are thinking about the 1,265 Black clients we currently serve and hope for their safety. We stand with all of our Black clients as the mothers, fathers, grandparents, siblings, partners and loved ones of Black members of our community as we face this insidious violence, its outcomes and the protests, the riots and cries of loss and anger that continue to inhabit our communities.
Since April, the CDC and other health organizations have presented statistical confirmation that COVID-19 places a disproportionate burden of illness and death upon our country’s Native, Black and Latino citizens whose majorities remain disenfranchised without proper access to health care or social determinants of health.
Our clients, receiving our 30-day nutrition boxes from our curb side or via home delivery, continue to receive our care with respect and kindness. Based on three decades of service, no one in our agency is ever turned away because of how they look or whom they love. Food Outreach serves 1,923 clients and 66% of the individuals we serve identify as Black or African-American. The majority of our Black clients live in North City and County. Based on COVID-19 statistics in our region, the highest incidence rates present within zip codes where the highest percentage of our Black clients live.
We remain devoted to the dignity and significance of every client we serve, strengthened by their bravery and resilience.
With much appreciation,
Julie Lock Pole