The Foodbank of Santa Barbara County stands with all demanding justice for Black, Brown, Latinx, and Indigenous communities who have been devastated by policies and practices that hurt, silence, and oppress them.
We are an organization involved with many partners in building a movement to end hunger and ensure that nutritious food is a fundamental human right. It has been clear through decades of work that it is impossible to achieve food justice without racial justice. We recognize that white supremacy and slavery were key elements in the very roots of American agriculture and food production.
We cannot heal any broken system without focusing first and foremost on the people and families who are most affected by its brokenness. We are committed to hearing from communities of color, amplifying their voices, and supporting their solutions.
Through our work with our national organization, Feeding America, we are committed to equity and recognize that systems of racism that undergird human rights violations are also at the root of inequities in health and hunger, disproportionately impacting people of color in this country. We continue to work in partnership with the Feeding America-created Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Advisory Committee to, together, advance our vision for a more equitable America free of hunger and racial injustice.
Erik Talkin, CEO