Racism defines almost every aspect of society. We have seen how generations of inequality have resulted in a nation struggling to maintain a civil society today. The time has come to let go of outmoded paradigms, protocols, and biases in all of our social systems. This starts by acknowledging that our social systems do not yet provide justice for our Black and Brown educators, families, and little ones. This acknowledgement must also include supporting access to nutritious food for our expectant parents, their infants, and toddlers.
February 2020 saw 12,354 participants in the DC's WIC program. We believe, given the Covid-19 pandemic, that number will increase significantly. In a poll given May 21-26, 2020, two-thirds of DC households with children reported being not at all confident, or only somewhat confident, about being able to afford food for the next four weeks.