Black farmers, nonprofits and HBCU unite to fight food insecurity
BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) – Black farmers, nonprofits and elected officials came together today to meet the food needs of the Baton Rouge community. In low-income black neighborhoods, access to foods of nutritional value is scarce. This food donation through a collaboration of organizations focused on the goal of meeting a range of community needs.
The event was hosted by National Social Change nonprofit and sponsored by the Black Leadership Aids Crisis Coalition in conjunction with community partners Southern University, Louisiana NAACP, Mayor Sharon Broome and many more.
Not only was fresh produce made available, but people were able to get vaccinated, undergo rapid HIV tests and receive masks as the number of Covid people resurfaced.
“The pandemic has created a whole different set of pandemics, people are no longer terrified of catching covid, they are now terrified of paying their bills, terrified of finding a job, terrified of keeping their homes, so anything we can do to at least alleviate those immediate stresses and meet the immediate needs that we know our communities are feeling and the pain we know they are feeling is a victory ” said Todd Belcore, executive director of Social Change.
Belcore also says that providing the community with access to nutritional food is part of a larger package that helps reverse the cycle that makes people in black and brown communities more predisposed to die from Covid.
Organizers hope this event will not only be a one-day food distribution, but will also highlight the importance of ensuring that people always have access to healthy food.