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Food Bank Statement on Acts of Racism and Violence Against the Asian Community

NEW YORK – Food Bank For New York City stands in solidarity with our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) staff, volunteers, and the Asian communities we serve across the five boroughs, and condemn the ongoing and increasing acts of anti-Asian violence. As an organization, we embrace and uplift all members of society regardless of race, socioeconomic status, gender identity, religion and sexual orientation. We also acknowledge the unfortunate role racial inequality plays in fueling hate, violence, poverty and food insecurity in America.

Food Bank For New York City will continue to raise our voice against all acts of injustice, both in our work and in our advocacy. Now more than ever, we all must use our platforms and resources to address inequality in our nation and worldwide. Our thoughts are with all who have been affected by hate crimes and racial violence, and our condolences are with the families and friends of victims whose lives have been unjustly taken.

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About Food Bank For New York City

Since 1983, Food Bank For New York City has been the city’s major hunger-relief organization working to end hunger throughout the five boroughs. Nearly one in five New Yorkers relies on Food Bank for food and other resources. Food Bank takes a strategic, multifaceted approach that provides meals and builds capacity in the neediest communities, while raising awareness and engagement among all New Yorkers. Through its network of more than 1,000 charities and schools citywide, Food Bank provided more than 80 million free meals last year for New Yorkers in need. Food Bank For New York City’s income support services, including food stamps (also known as SNAP) and free tax assistance for the working poor, put nearly $36 million each year into the pockets of New Yorkers, helping them to afford food and achieve greater dignity and independence. Food Bank’s nutrition education programs and services empower more than 50,000 children, teens and adults to sustain a healthy diet and active lifestyle on a limited budget. Working toward long-term solutions to food poverty, Food Bank develops policy and conducts research to inform community and government efforts. To learn more about how you can help, please visit foodbanknyc.org. Follow us on Facebook (FoodBank4NYC), Twitter (@FoodBank4NYC) and Instagram (@FoodBank4NYC).

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