COVID-19 Advocacy


Sign-on letters led by SAFSF

Letter from SAFSF Members to Congressional Leaders

May 10, 2020

The coronavirus pandemic has made it impossible for anyone in America to ignore the problems in our country’s food system. These problems are not new, but the ripple effects of the pandemic have exacerbated existing problems to the point where they have created serious threats to the ability of everyday people to feed themselves and their families. This moment in time calls for both immediate relief to meet the scale of this crisis and long-term structural solutions to make our food supply more equitable and resilient for the future.

The SAFSF members signing this letter are taking this opportunity to share what we have learned from the farmers and food system organizations we fund regarding the pressure points this pandemic has revealed. We believe there is room at this pivotal moment to reimagine a nationwide food system where local and regional infrastructure is effectively supported by policies and funding that bring us closer to systemic change.

Letter from Philanthropic Organizations to USDA

Sent to Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue on April 6, 2020

We urge USDA to ensure that farmers and producers devastated by the loss of their direct, local and regional food system markets receive direct financial assistance through the CARES Act. This assistance can, we hope, enable them to withstand both the immediate and long-term impact of their financial losses. If we work together to see this through, our farmers and producers will emerge intact, and hopefully stronger and more resilient in the future.


Letters SAFSF has signed onto

Open Letter to Philanthropy: The Cure to Viral Racism Is Within Our Hands

April 6, 2020

Racial equity and justice have long been at the core of SAFSF’s work. Today, we offer our voice and our support to all Asian Americans, Pacific Islanders, and others of Asian descent living in our communities who have become targets of racist and xenophobic attacks as the COVID-19 pandemic plays out.

We are proud to sign on to this open letter authored by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) that was part of an article that appeared in the Chronicle of Philanthropy.

Joint PSO Statement: Keep Equity at the Forefront in Philanthropy’s Response to the Coronavirus

This joint PSO statement was the basis for a Letter to the Editor published in The Chronicle of Philanthropy on March 19, 2020.

Philanthropy is well positioned to play a crucial role in responding to this public health challenge because we are frequently on the front lines in responding to community crises, are trusted in communities, and invest in long-term solutions. As philanthropy leaders who come together under the umbrella of United Philanthropy Forum, a national network of 84 philanthropy-serving organizations (PSOs) representing more than 7,000 funders, we are committed to helping our sector respond effectively to the coronavirus. In doing so, we are particularly attentive to ways in which this outbreak may exacerbate inequities.