OAKLAND, Calif. - The tallest mural in Oakland will be completed Thursday to bring attention to hunger, which the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated all over the world.
The 190-foot-tall mural by artist Victor Ash is being painted on the side of the Oakland Marriott City Center at 1001 Broadway. Food insecurity has been a problem for many people, especially minority groups, in Oakland who have suffered job loss or reduced hours due to the COVID-19 pandemic. "The issue of hunger in the U.S. is particularly prominent in African American communities," said Audrey Decker, whose organization Street Art for Mankind is creating the mural with partners Kellogg's Company and the World Food Program USA.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, Black people are twice as likely as non-Hispanic white people to face hunger. Nearly 24 percent of the population or about 100,000 people in Oakland identify as Black, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.