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Ending hunger depends on an inclusive democracy that works for all of us

For many in our communities, January 6 marks the Feast of the Epiphany or Three Kings' Day — a time of celebration and sharing of traditional food and song with loved ones.

Sadly, this date represents a much more somber anniversary as well, as we mark one year since the attacks on our country. From the violent insurrection at the U.S. Capitol to significant anti-democratic action here in Salem and Olympia, this week serves as a reminder to all of us that we must work actively to protect and improve our democratic institutions.

At Oregon Food Bank, we know we cannot achieve our mission to end hunger and its root causes without an inclusive democracy that works for all of us. The systemic inequities that drive hunger and poverty are the same inequities that keep voters from the polls and silence our voices in the halls of power. Whether through paralyzing walkouts or outright violence, anti-democratic tactics jeopardize our shared vision and the well-being of millions of Oregonians.

That’s why, one year ago, we joined more than 40 community organizations and local leaders to condemn anti-democratic violence and White Nationalism. And it’s why we’re renewing the call today for shared action to strengthen our democracy.

So we hope you’ll join us in the effort to rebuild the inclusive democracy we need to ensure resilient communities that never know hunger.

Join us in centering people experiencing hunger in your giving and volunteer work — to be there for our neighbors who still face incredible challenges in the wake of COVID-19.

Join us in engaging in the civic process to advance anti-hunger policy and systems change.

The Oregon Food Bank community offers us so much hope for the future, and we are so incredibly grateful for the many ways we’ve come together over the past year.

Thank you for standing with us in the fight to end hunger — and for the work we’ll do together to ensure an inclusive democracy that works for all of us!

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