September 28, 2023


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$200,000 in federal funding going to help Buffalo’s African Heritage Food Co-op

$200,000 in federal funding going to help Buffalo’s African Heritage Food Co-op

That money will enable them improve their spots in Niagara Falls and their web site on the East Facet that just opened up in 2020.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Above the past several months we have talked a lot about food deserts and the require for much more possibilities in Buffalo’s East Side after the only grocery retailer in the region was shut down immediately after the mass capturing.

On Thursday it was introduced some federal bucks are on the way to assistance.

Buffalo’s African Heritage Foods Co-op will acquire $200,000. That money will assist them update their spots in Niagara Falls and their site on the East Aspect that just opened up in 2020.

The funding was introduced by U.S. Senate Bulk Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand on Thursday. The income comes from the United States Division of Agriculture’s (USDA) Healthier Food items Financing Initiative (HFFI).

“Access to new, reasonably priced, healthful food stuff is a essential suitable that has been constricted for neighborhoods throughout Buffalo’s East Aspect for considerably way too lengthy. Local community leaders, like Buffalo’s African Heritage Food items Co-op, have lengthy labored to tackle these issues and I am very pleased to produce this USDA financial investment to Buffalo’s African Heritage Food stuff Co-op to uplift community-led endeavours that will straight deal with food insecurity triggered by several years of racially discriminatory insurance policies,” Schumer stated. 

“When I fought along with group leaders a long time in the past to open the Tops Marketplace on Jefferson Avenue, I had no thought how this supermarket would one particular working day turn into this kind of a community hub. When the group carries on to mourn and recover from the horrific evils of the racially-inspired, mass capturing, I hope that today’s investment decision can serve as small beacon of light for a brighter potential for the East Facet. I will not quit preventing to supply far more federal financial commitment to give Buffalo’s households the contemporary, reasonably priced food and peace of head they desperately ought to have.”

Extensive right before the tragic shooting that took the life of 10 innocent people today in Buffalo, the East Aspect local community was previously battling the persistent challenge of meals insecurity and lacked available and economical meals,” Gillibrand stated. 

“I was in Buffalo battling for this funding on Monday and now, I’m very pleased to be offering it. This is an crucial move to set an close to starvation in our condition and I will continue to keep combating right up until each and every little one, each and every spouse and children, and each individual neighborhood in Buffalo and throughout our state has obtain to the nutritious, nutritious meals wanted to thrive.”

The African Heritage Food Co-op formed in 2016 to raise access to reasonably priced and dietary food to underserved communities in WNY.