Along with the rest of our world, we in the GFS community have been grappling with shock, anger, and sadness in the wake of the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery. We share the outrage of those who've taken to the streets here in Montana and around the country and world to protest police brutality and systemic racism.
The first line of our mission statement says, "The Good Food Store is dedicated to supporting a healthy community." We have always felt the best way to serve our community is to focus on the most basic and universal of human needs - for healthy and sustaining food. Never has that work felt more essential or the responsibility greater than during these last few months as we've struggled to keep our business open and safe throughout the unfolding COVID crisis. But in this extraordinary time, we must also stand up for the health of our community, and world, on another front. We know that no community can be healthy when people of color within it live in fear or suffer the daily dehumanization of discrimination. Black Lives Matter.
We are committed to the work of building a more equitable world, with a focus on taking action here in our own backyard. We are proud to be longtime supporters of local organizations doing critical work to fight racism and discrimination in our community and grow the ranks of activists and allies. In solidarity with and support of communities of color, we are making a donation of $20,000 to be distributed between Black Lives Matter, Missoula YWCA, Empower MT, and The Montana Racial Equity Project.
Here at our store we work every day to foster a culture of respect and equality for our customers and employees. We are conscious of the need to do more and do better. The present moment calls each of us to discomfort ourselves and reflect on how we unwittingly contribute to and benefit from inequality. As a store we commit to asking ourselves those hard questions, today and in the months and years to come, and identifying actions we can take to help create a more just society and world.