Census data shows that black people are more affected than non-Hispanic white adults across a range of outcomes, even beyond pre-pandemic disparities.
In response, National Co+op Grocers (NCG) says it will continue investment in the Federation of Southern Cooperatives / Land Assistance Fund (FSC/LAF) Food Box Program, following on from last year’s efforts. The scheme connects black farmers who have lost market share during pandemic with families in their communities that don’t have enough to eat.
The Federation began the Food Box Program in 2020 to respond to Covid-19, but due to continued need, has chosen to integrate this initiative into its overall disaster relief efforts and regional marketing system.
“The Federation values our relationship with NCG and its support of our member cooperatives and farmers through its direct investment in our work to support rural communities, and their commitment to providing equitable opportunities for Black farmers within their supply chain,” said Chawnn Redden, regional marketing coordinator for the FSC / LAF.