Aiding the Bayview community during the COVID-19 crisis

Join Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community Friday, March 12, at 1 p.m. in Mendell Plaza at Third and Palou in the Bayview for “A Community Gathering and Conversation: How Do We Stop the Violence in the Black Community?” 

by Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community

San Francisco – The COVID-19 crisis has wreaked havoc across the country and the world, especially in vulnerable, underserved communities. News feeds are filled with new safety protocols, information surrounding vaccine rollout and other critical information, and yet across the country we are seeing marginalized communities ­– particularly Black communities – left out in many ways. 

The dissemination of supplies, the ability to remain at home, critical survival aid and even life-saving information are not reaching underserved communities. 

Worse still, Black people are getting sick with COVID-19 at disproportionately higher rates and suffering worse outcomes while news stories continuously appear about Black people being turned away from life-saving medical care for COVID-19 symptoms or even testing – often with fatal results.

Critical aid efforts include the distribution of groceries, including holiday meal ingredients, throughout November and December as well as staple items such as fresh produce, dairy products and meat; cash aid; critical safety items such as gloves and masks and hand sanitizers; and key information for residents including COVID-19 safety and San Francisco testing sites. 

Since 2012 Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community, founded by Phelicia Jones, has been working for justice for Black San Franciscans, specifically working within the Bayview Hunters Point community. Wealth and Disparities’ all-volunteer team continues to lead the fight for Black lives in San Francisco, particularly during a time when a global pandemic and economic crisis is disproportionately affecting Black lives.

A high concentration of the Black population in San Francisco lives in Bayview Hunters Point, which is why the organization has focused its crisis relief activity and critical aid efforts in this area.

Critical aid efforts include the distribution of groceries, including holiday meal ingredients, throughout November and December as well as staple items such as fresh produce, dairy products and meat; cash aid; critical safety items such as gloves and masks and hand sanitizers; and key information for residents including COVID-19 safety and San Francisco testing sites. 

Members of Wealth and Disparities do community outreach during the COVID-19 pandemic, supplying masks, sanitizer, food and other staples to families in Bayview Hunters Point. – Photo: https://www.facebook.com/wdjusticenow

Since the COVID-19 crisis began, the organization has fed more than 80 families and continues to provide the aforementioned critical aid to many others in the community – a large portion of whom are seniors.

During November and December, the organization doubled its efforts, engaging in weekly outreach to ensure members of the community were fed. The organization also gave toys and brand-new throw blankets and 10 masks to each of the families served near the Christmas holiday. 

These items – high quality groceries, cash aid, masks, sanitizers and more – will continue to be provided going forward, as the crisis continues. Food and supply staples are supplied by Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community and Sistahs4JustUs.

Please join us in our efforts by donating to provide life-saving food, supplies, outreach and information to our Bayview neighbors: https://www.gofundme.com/f/yzr37v-aid-for-the-bayview-covid19/.

Contact Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community – Justice 4 Mario Woods founder Phelicia Jones at mwjusticenow@gmail.com.