To our Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, we stand with you. Sadly, in the past year, hate crimes against the AAPI community have risen significantly since the start of the pandemic. Despite this recent increase, AAPI individuals have experienced a longstanding history of violence.

We understand that when hate crimes occurs, it can have a traumatic impact on the community and other marginalized groups. The West Seattle Food Bank condemns acts of racism and ethnic discrimination and stands in solidarity with our AAPI colleagues and neighbors. Together, we play and important role in addressing racism and discrimination in our community.

We believe sincerely that Black Lives Matter. At the West Seattle Food Bank, we see first-hand every day the results of the deep inequity in our society. We stand in solidarity with those who face injustice, violence, and inequitable opportunities.

We recognize that systemic inequities and institutionalized racism pervade all aspects of society. Notably for us, they are driving factors in food insecurity and housing instability. Black households are twice as likely to face food insecurity as White households, and Black households face evictions at a disproportionate rate compared to White households.

As an organization committed to strengthening our community, we acknowledge these injustices. We actively work to educate ourselves and our community on these systems of oppression, our role within these systems, and the disproportionate impact they have on the lives of our Black neighbors and neighbors of color.

We stand in solidarity with the protesters here and across the country who are fighting for the lives and freedom of all Black people. We remain committed now more than ever to our mission of neighbors helping neighbors.