WNY organizations host food giveaway on Buffalo’s West Side

The event aimed to make healthy food options more accessible in underserved communities that have limited financial resources.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — Several local organizations teamed together to host a free food giveaway Saturday on Buffalo’s West Side.

The event aimed to make healthy food options more accessible in underserved communities that have limited financial resources. 

The food giveaway was held at the H.E.A.L. International Office located at 240 West Ferry Street. The event started at 2 p.m., ended 4 p.m., and had curbside pickup.

There was also be free COVID-19 testing on site.

“Moral is a little low, of course, for people with COVID,” H.E.A.L. International board member Juweria Dahir said. “But outside of that, this is a really strong community itself, but we know that the people we serve in our neighborhood are low income.

“Most of them are historically marginalized, so putting together a free food giveaway and lumping it with additional resources was kind of important for us.”

This was the second food giveaway the group has had just this year. 

Those going to the event were asked to bring their insurance card, if they have insurance. 

The event is being put on by H.E.A.L. International, WNY Muslims, Feed Buffalo, Mayor Byron W. Brown Good Neighbor Network Initiative, Love Your Block, CHCB Mobile Unit, and The Urban Redemption Foundation (TURF).

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