Feeding America Announces New Role Focused on Engaging Black Communities

January 16, 2024

Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization, today signaled its deepening commitment to addressing hunger in more equitable ways by welcoming David Street as Director of Community Engagement with a focus on Black communities. In this new role, Street will work to build relationships and partnerships with and between the Feeding America network, local and national organizations serving Black communities, and the neighbors they serve, in order to nurture the coalitions, connections and innovations that can help reduce the disproportionately high rates of food insecurity among Black communities in America today.

“David’s deep experience of community organizing and engagement with Black communities and faith communities will help us understand and be a better partner for families and individuals who face hunger at some of the highest rates in our country,” said Rajesh Mirchandani, Feeding America Chief Communications and Community Engagement Officer. “He understands the tremendous value that neighborhood outreach and organization have in addressing food insecurity.”

Street is a native of Washington, D.C. and has nearly 15 years of community engagement and nonprofit leadership experience. He received his bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina A&T State University and holds a master’s degree in theology from Wesley Theological Seminary. Street is a 2023 Aspen Institute Food Fellow, as well as a “40 under 40” leader in minority health via the National Quality Minority Forum. Prior to his role at Feeding America, Street was the Deputy Director of Grassroots Organizing at Bread for the World. An early focus of his new role will be to lift up neighbor voices to advocate for the Farm Bill, and to foster deeper relationships between Black farmers and food banks.

“I am excited about this role and the work it entails,” said Street. “There is a sense of urgency in many communities, and my hope is that I can assist Feeding America in becoming a better neighbor to the communities and organizations working to end hunger.”

Street joins Zuani Villarreal and Mark Ford, who lead Feeding America’s work with Latino and Native and tribal communities, respectively.

For more information about Feeding America’s work, visit feedingamerica.org.


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About Feeding America

Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of more than 200 food banks, 21 statewide food bank associations, and over 60,000 partner agencies, food pantries and meal programs, we helped provide 5.3 billion meals to tens of millions of people in need last year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; brings attention to the social and systemic barriers that contribute to food insecurity in our nation; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.