Racial Equity and Hunger Resources

The Racial Equity and Hunger National Learning Network has an upcoming webinar, a podcast, and a website for organizations and individuals fighting hunger.

About Racial Equity and Hunger

Racial equity is fundamental to addressing hunger in our community. Without looking at hunger through a racial equity lens, we will have no hope of creating sustainable and just solutions to hunger.

“Racial equity is both a process that focuses on centering the needs, power and leadership of people of color, and the goal of achieving equal outcomes.”

Racial Equity and Hunger Learning Network
  • Communities of color (namely African American and Indigenous communities) are consistently 2-3 times more likely to experience hunger as their white counterparts.
  • This was the case even before the recession, and this disparity has only grown in the midst of COVID-19.
  • When it comes to food, race matters.

The Racial Equity and Hunger National Learning Network is a network of individuals, organizations, agencies and policy makers who care about ending hunger. We recognize that to achieve this goal, we must discuss race and apply a racial equity lens. The Northwest Food Partners Network is a member of this network.

Resources

The Racial Equity and Hunger National Learning Network has an upcoming webinar, a podcast, and a website that should serve as resources for organizations and individuals fighting hunger.


Upcoming Webinar: Identifying and Dismantling White Supremacy

Webinar series starts August 18th. Register here.

From August to November, the Racial Equity and Hunger Learning Network will host a 5-part webinar series on identifying and dismantling white supremacy.

This 5-part series will begin to equip participants with the tools, practices and language to feel confident speaking about white supremacy and related concepts (race, racism, anti-black racism, etc.), as well as in their ability to disrupt white supremacy and racism.

After the first four webinars, participants will have the opportunity to practice what it means to disrupt white supremacy with other Network members in their area.

The webinar series will conclude with a final webinar that will highlight the experiences of network members who started to implement these practices and help network members refine their toolbox to continue disrupting white supremacy.


Podcast: Race, Hunger and COVID-19 in African American Communities

With COVID-19, our country is seeing that communities of color are experiencing the impacts of hunger and the impacts of dying from the coronavirus at higher rates.

Many are not sure what to do and very much need guidance in how to apply a racial equity response in their programs, policies, and so forth.

The Racial Equity & Hunger National Learning Network Podcast is designed to educate, inspire and enable those interested in advancing racial equity and ending hunger through sharing experiences, expertise and recommendations from experts around the country.


The Racial Equity and Hunger Website

Learn more about the Racial Equity and Hunger Learning Network and access resources on racial equity and hunger by visiting https://www.racialequityhunger.org/.

“Food as Medicine” Part Three: Successful Models in Chicago and Nationwide

Groundbreaking “Food as Medicine” programs in Chicago and across the United States have set examples for future “Food as Medicine” programs to follow.

In Part Two of our Food as Medicine series, we examined the socioeconomic data underpinning the emergence of Food as Medicine as a solution strategy. Now we’ll take a look at a handful of the various Food as Medicine program models currently tackling the hunger-health nexus.

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“Food as Medicine” Part Two: Key Stats in Cook County and Nationwide

Data in Chicago and nationwide illustrates the vicious hunger-health cycle and provides clues for how we can intervene.

Hunger, health, and socioeconomic condition are linked in a mutually-reinforcing feedback loop. In Part One of our “Food as Medicine” series, we explored the theoretical feedback loop connecting food insecurity, socioeconomic condition, and health.

A number of health and socioeconomic studies have found strong correlations between food insecurity and increased health risks. In the second entry of our “Food as Medicine” series, we’ll look at how data in Chicago and nationwide illustrates this vicious cycle and provides clues for how we can—and should—intervene.

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“Food as Medicine” Part One: Intro and Theory

Hunger, health, and socioeconomic condition are linked in a mutually-reinforcing feedback loop. This relationship suggests the need for comprehensive, cooperative health and hunger interventions.

Introduction

A number of studies have found strong correlations between food insecurity and increased health risks.[1] Hunger, health, and socioeconomic condition are linked in a mutually-reinforcing feedback loop.

This relationship suggests the need for comprehensive, cooperative health and hunger interventions. Anti-hunger programs and health service providers can enhance client/patient well-being by adopting a “food as medicine” mentality.

Continue reading ““Food as Medicine” Part One: Intro and Theory”