Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community has begun our second season of providing critical aid to our neighbors in need in the Bayview neighborhood of San Francisco – such as groceries, holiday food staples, cash, gift cards and more.
We are doing weekly outreach throughout the holiday season into January and perhaps beyond – due to a profound need in our Bayview community for basic staples. Because we have deep roots in the community, we are able to identify those in need and do very direct on-the-ground outreach and help.
We’ve provided groceries – including critical staples as well as fresh fruits, meat, and vegetables – to dozens of families since the COVID crisis began, as well as hundreds of dollars in gift cards and cash, meals and other essentials including masks, gloves, hand sanitizer and information about COVID.
While news reporting speculates on the end of the worst of the pandemic, the Bayview community continues to need our help and the help of San Francisco officials. Little did we know when the pandemic crisis started, just how hard–hit the community would be, or that the pandemic would last through summer, into fall and winter, then through the following year and beyond. The COVID-19 crisis has wreaked havoc across the country and the world, especially in vulnerable, underserved communities.
We must not leave anyone behind as we work together to ensure that everyone has the means to survive this pandemic. 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 – even life-saving information – is not reaching underserved communities. Worse still, Black people have gotten seriously ill with COVID-19 at disproportionately higher rates.
Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community’s all-volunteer team has been working in the Bayview since 2015. WDBC along with Sistahs4JustUs have been hard at work doing in-person outreach in the Bayview. We’ve been doing outreach and distributing aid weekly.
Aid for which we are fundraising allows us to provide to our neighbors in need:
-Grocery gift cards and cash aid
-Essential food and grocery supplies for Bayview residents.
We’ve begun building shopping lists of essentials – household and food staples and vital items along with distribution of food and essentials.
Those wanting more information on outreach may see our social media or may reach out to us at our email address, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling Wealth and Disparities in the Black Community Founder Phelicia Jones at 650-245-5396.