NBA Youngboy reportedly partnered with the NAACP to distribute 500 turkeys to those in need on Monday. In addition, the best-selling artist worked with the civil rights organization to host a free holiday buffet in his hometown of Baton Rouge, Louisiana.
NBA Youngboy is far from the only artist to host a holiday giveaway before Thursday. Further north, Fetty Wap partnered with College Achieve to host a grocery giveaway in his hometown of Patterson, New Jersey. Not far away, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson also hosted a holiday giveaway in Houston, Texas.
The efforts of 50 Cent, NBA Youngboy and Fetty Wap are desperately needed as the holidays near. One out of every five Black U.S. residents is currently dealing with food insecurity as Thanksgiving nears. Furthermore, Black people are almost three times as likely to face hunger as white individuals. Unfortunately, this crisis has only grown worse since the introduction of COVID-19 and various economic struggles over the last two years.
“In a short period of time, the coronavirus pandemic has magnified preexisting racial and ethnic disparities in food security,” RAND researcher Tamara Dubowitz said.
“While food insecurity is linked to a wide variety of health problems, these disparities reflect larger systemic issues including structural racism.”