Community is the heart and soul of our co-op. Right now our community is reeling and we are heartbroken over injustice and inequality happening around the country.
The ongoing violence towards the Black community which includes Lexington owners, staff and vendors starkly reminds us all that we have a lot more work to do if change is to occur.
Our co-op is founded on a set of values that includes valuing diversity. It is our responsibility to create stores where everyone feels welcome, respected and safe; whether it is to shop for food, find employment or sell products.
We are not perfect. We accept that there is much to learn in the ongoing conversation around racial justice. It means looking internally to ensure our policies are inclusive. It means listening and empathizing. It means opening our hearts and having honest discussions about the racism that has impacted Black Americans for far too long.
Please join us in our efforts to educate ourselves, learn from others, and amplify the voices that need to be heard.
Please join us and our sister co-op BreadHive by donating to groups working to make a difference in our community. Lexington has pledged $1,000 in donations.
We stand in solidarity with the Black community.
-Lexington Co-op Board of Directors
Round Up at the Registers
Help support two great local community outreach groups over the coming weeks by rounding up your purchase at our registers! The Co-op is kicking these off by donating the first $1,000 to each group.
June 6-12- Feed Buffalo: City of Buffalo food pantry that focuses on healthy and halal foods. They provide access to free locally-sourced, healthy and halal foods in a judgement-free community space. The pantry itself is located on Massachusetts Ave.
June 13-19: Black Love Resists in the Rust: They are doing work in our city to create a space for Black and Brown people to thrive without external assistance. They are working to end oppression, develop leaders, fight for justice, and advocate for change.
Food Justice & Security
Black Owned Businesses – thank you to @BuffaloEats for creating this list!
Education, Advancement & Social Justice
- Black Love Resists in the Rust
- Push Buffalo
- Coalition for Economic Justice
- Fruit Belt Community Land Trust
- Open Buffalo
National Outreach and Advocacy
- The Bail Project
- The Minnesota Freedom Fund
- NAACP Legal Defense Fund
- American Civil Liberties Union
- Black Lives Matter
- United Way compiled this list of Anti-Racism resources that includes articles, videos, podcast, and more…
This list is far from complete. If you have resources and/or organizations to add, please email email@example.com.
Thank you to Julian Perez & Ryan Huff for helping to compile these resources.