Statement attributable to Luis Guardia, President, Food Research & Action Center (FRAC)
WASHINGTON, April 14, 2021 — The Food Research & Action Center (FRAC) is deeply saddened and outraged by the recent police brutality in Minneapolis and Windsor, Virginia. They are tragic reminders that there is still much work to be done in addressing the systemic racism and racial bias that exist in our country.
Daunte Wright’s death, which occurred just miles away from where George Floyd lost his life last summer, is another devastating example of how our nation’s history of racism often leads to the killing of Black people during police encounters. The video of Lieutenant Caron Nazario’s harassment by Windsor police during a routine traffic stop further exemplifies the dangers of racial bias in policing.
Compounding these senseless tragedies are the widespread hunger and food insecurity that disproportionately impact communities of color at two to three times the rate of others. To address these challenges, we must also address the systemic racism that perpetuates poverty, which is the root cause of hunger. There is no acceptable reason why anyone should struggle to put food on the table in the wealthiest country.
For over 50 years, FRAC has been committed to ending hunger in the U.S. and to ensuring that everyone, including communities of color, has access to nutritious food and economic stability. It is critical that our work to end hunger represents the voices of these disenfranchised communities and promote racial equity.
Through our partnerships with national organizations and a devoted network of state and community-based groups, we can be a strong ally in the pursuit of racial justice. Enough is enough.
The Food Research & Action Center improves the nutrition, health, and well-being of people struggling against poverty-related hunger in the United States through advocacy, partnerships, and by advancing bold and equitable policy solutions. To learn more, visit FRAC.org and follow us on Twitter and on Facebook.