This month presents us with two commemorations which offer an occasion to highlight the challenges to food security that can exist for many within our nation and region. One of those commemorations is the newly established federal holiday of Juneteenth, marking the events of June 19, 1865, when the last remaining enslaved Black Americans were freed from bondage by finally receiving the news of the Emancipation Proclamation, which had been issued more than two years earlier. The other commemoration is the observance of Pride Month, highlighting the presence in communities of those with LGBTQIA sexual orientation. The challenge presented to us as a Food Bank and as a community by the information we highlight here is to strive for standards of equality that promote equal opportunity and equal access to food for communities that still often find themselves marginalized.
Food insecurity data, that is the measurement of one’s ability to self-provide enough food to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle, shows that one’s race and sexual orientation can be determining factors in comparative food security.