The Vermont Foodbank understands that systems of racism and oppression are at the root of inequities in health, hunger, and economic opportunity and disproportionately impact Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in this country and in Vermont.
To honor the lives of George Floyd and countless victims of police violence and human rights violations, and in support of the Black Lives Matter movement we have been working with our staff, leadership and board to establish a set of commitments we are making as an organization to embed racial justice into the way we work.
We commit to:
-Educate ourselves deeply about anti-racism, especially within the food system.
-Center racial justice in all our work.
-Listen to and amplify voices of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color in our community and nationwide.
-Ensure the safety and comfort of marginalized communities in our distribution models.
-Change our internal systems and structures to dismantle systemic racism.
-Hold space to do this work authentically, and not for public praise.
-Broaden the circle and expand the conversation in Vermont about racism.