Amy’s Kitchen posted a letter on social media and their website stating the company stands for Black Lives Matter and will start by donating $500,000 to organizations that empower the Black community.
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The founding family of Amy’s Kitchen stated, “As business owners, we know that economic power can bring justice. While we work on our long-term plan, our family will start personally with the small step of donating $500,000 to organizations supporting Black empowerment and ending police brutality.” The company expressed that issues of equity and justice have not always been a public priority and apologized for not addressing it sooner.
Amy’s Kitchen thanks their employees for pushing conversations on systemic oppression, racial injustice, and more. “We also want to acknowledge that many of our employees, especially our youth and POC employees, have been active in social justice work for many years, and have been passionate about making this an explicit priority at Amy’s (including the second generation of the family who helped us write this letter). We thank them all deeply for their push and the challenging conversations they have had with us and many others. We are already the better for it as a family and a company.” The company will continue to speak up against injustice and they understand that donating money is just the beginning, “This is not nearly enough, and money is only one avenue to justice, but we need to start somewhere. Beyond the incredibly important current moment of protests, these injustices demand ongoing action and commitment. We are here to stay.”
You can read the full letter on their instagram page.