June is PRIDE month. Serving the LGBTQ+ communities within our service area is critical to our mission. According to the Williams Institute, 26 percent of those who identify as LGBTQ+ in Pennsylvania face food insecurity. The rate at which the LGBTQ+ community experiences food insecurity is double the rate of those who are non-LGBTQ+-identifying. As an organization, we are working hard to ensure that the services we provide to the LGBTQ+ communities will continue to grow, caring for more people and addressing unmet needs.
In honor of PRIDE month and the challenges the LGBTQ+ community faces, we are proud to partner with the Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation through our Food Justice is Social Justice initiative.
“Launched in 2017, The Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation works toward health equity for LGBTQ+ and HIV community members by providing direct resources, community programming and health services along with expert training and advocacy to improve service systems. We are a dedicated team of talented professionals with a vast range of skills and experience. We are passionate about the work, and very much look forward to collaborating with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank!” said Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation Executive Director Sarah Rosso.
“We are thankful for the work of the Hugh Lane Wellness Foundation and are delighted to partner with them today for this Food Justice is Social Justice takeover,” said President and CEO of Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Lisa Scales.
The goal of the Food Justice is Social Justice initiative is to create awareness about social inequality, while educating our supporters in southwestern PA 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 is focused on all digital platforms.
Sources: LGBT Demographic Data Interactive. (January 2019).
Los Angeles, CA: The Williams Institute, UCLA School of Law