Local foodbank raises awareness for racial disparity in food insecurity
HAMPTON ROADS, Va. – The Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia and the Eastern Shore is working to bring attention to the connection between racial equity, hunger, poverty and wealth.
Leah Williams-Rumbley is the Foodbank’s Senior Director of Advocacy. She helped lead the nonprofit organization’s Racial Wealth Gap Learning Simulation as part of Hunger Action Month—a time where people are encouraged to learn more about the issue of food insecurity and take action by spreading awareness to help eliminate hunger.
“People of color are disproportionately impacted by hunger, and that’s been in large part due to systemic racism,” said Williams-Rumbley.
The interactive virtual event is meant to be an educational tool for people to understand how structural inequality has impacted people of color over hundreds of years.