Grandfamilies are at increased risk of food insecurity due to poverty, racial discrimination, disability, marriage status, employment status, and other factors. Grandfamilies are disproportionately African American, American Indian and Alaska Native, and, in some areas, Latino. Years of systemic racism and discrimination have led to difficulties accessing support systems and inequitable supports for grandfamilies. A large number of grandparent-headed households also live in rural areas where food sources are often further away from home and transportation options are limited.
Generations United is working to change current policies to ensure grandfamily caregivers and the children they raise have access to adequate nutritious food. Through a new storytelling project, What Is / What Can Be, Generations United invites grandfamilies to share their lived experiences and help us to see, imagine, and create new futures. The project features words and visual expressions of the challenges grandfamilies face and their hopes, dreams, and imaginations about what matters most to them in creating new futures.
Learn more about What Is / What Can Be and consider hosting the exhibit at an upcoming event.