Food Justice is Social Justice: YWCA Greater Pittsburgh Works to Eliminate Racism and Empower Women
By Lisa Scales
On Monday, July 27 we launched our Food Justice is Social Justice campaign. The goal of this initiative is to create awareness about social inequality, while educating the Food Bank’s service area of numerous organizations in the region that are focused on ending racism and creating equality for all. The collaborative effort of the Food Bank and these organizations will be focused on all digital platforms.
Earlier this month, we highlighted the Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP) on our website homepage and social media channels.
Today, we welcome YWCA Greater Pittsburgh. YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is a member of a nationally recognized movement with a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, and promote peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. They combine services and advocacy to foster change in three key areas: racial justice and civil rights, economic advancement and empowerment for women and girls, and health and safety for women and girls.
I am delighted to share the message below from Angela Reynolds, PhD and YWCA Greater Pittsburgh.
President & CEO
Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank
Eliminating Racism. Empowering Women.
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh belongs to a national movement of YWCA women with a 150 year history of working side by side to eliminate racism and empower women. We are grateful for partners like the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank who recognize that “food justice is social justice” and the struggles we face as a community are interconnected. Simply stated, we all need each other. We boldly join the fight to protect basic human rights, such as adequate food and housing for our neighbors.
YWCA Greater Pittsburgh is continuing its legacy of justice work through its revitalized call to collective action aimed at promoting racial justice, reducing race and gender disparities, and deliberately addressing the challenges and celebrating the triumphs of living at the intersection of race and gender.
Our strategy combines the advocacy and education of our Center for Race and Gender Equity with the direct services of our Resource Center, Early Child Development Center, and Youth Services & STEM Department. By rooting our advocacy in the experiences of the community members we are serving, we are ensuring it is the community’s voice that is leading and guiding systemic change.
YWCA is on the front line during this pandemic providing working families with a safe place to take their children for childcare, delivering food to vulnerable neighbors, preventing evictions, and helping isolated students connect with caring mentors. During these uncertain times we are steadfast and hopeful. We see people like you helping your neighbor and caring for the vulnerable. Together, we can make Pittsburgh a place where all people are thriving.
There are many ways to get involved in making change:
- Make a donation to support the advocacy efforts and YWCA’s supportive services such as childcare and basic needs.
- Sign up to receive our monthly newsletter and action alerts.
- Join in our monthly Action Conversations to learn about specific steps you can take to further racial justice.
- Do you know a woman who is working towards financial stability? Does she just need that one thing to help her get there? The Liz Prine Fund may be able to help!
Thank you to the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank for your partnership and friendship. It is a joy to work for liberation together!