Nonprofit Charity’s ‘Food Equity’ Program Discriminates Against White People, Watchdog Alleges

UPDATE: This story has been updated to include a statement from Do No Harm.

A BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina (BCBSNC) Foundation food equity initiative will not provide grant money to organizations that staff or serve white communities, medical watchdog group Do No Harm reported.

The BCBSNC Foundation “Advancing Healthy Food Equity” initiative is offering 10 three-year grants worth $300,000 to organizations that are “led by, serving, and accountable to American Indian, Black, Latino, other People of Color and members of immigrant communities to expand their ability to engage in advocacy for transformational changes that advance equitable access to healthy food,” according to its website. Healthy Food Director Merry Davis confirmed during a Jan. 31 information session that organizations that have a white CEO are not eligible to receive funding.

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