Feed The Hunger Foundation's CEO, Patti Chang, will be honored for her work investing in immigrants, women, and economic security.
As part of International Women’s Day, the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium (SFDVC) is honoring our CEO and founder, Patti Chang, as a Mother of the Movement. Patti has devoted her life to fighting discrimination and violence against women.
As part of International Women’s Day, the San Francisco Domestic Violence Consortium (SFDVC) is honoring our CEO and founder, Patti Chang, as a Mother of the Movement. Patti has devoted her life to fighting discrimination and violence against women. As Patti celebrates winning this well-deserved award, we pause to look at the current climate for women’s rights and how Feed The Hunger Foundation works to combat these inequities.
Violence creates a unique threat to women in the immigrant communities, especially to those who lack citizenship. The Violence Against Women Act has helped to bring violence out of the shadows by providing law enforcement training and support to fight domestic violence, as well as a pathway to citizenship for domestic abuse survivors. Unfortunately, this act and the grants which are supported by it are listed among some of the programs the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank with close ties to the current White House administration, recommends cutting from the federal budget. The fear of deportation has grown in the last months since Trump took office, and by eliminating VAWA we remove yet another protection for immigrants in our country.
While we must acknowledge the current political climate, it’s important to stay positive and invest in areas where we know we can make a difference. Feed The Hunger works to do just that. As providers of microloans, we are in a unique position to help those considered “unbankable” by traditional financial institutions. As our new administration continues to argue that immigrants are dangerous and that hardworking active women are nasty, Feed The Hunger Foundation fights to give a voice and economic security to women and immigrants. By helping women who are both immigrants and natural born citizens develop successful food businesses, we are not only combating the idea that these people don’t belong, but also, as we always have, we are investing according to our experience and desire for equity.