Organizations ensuring no neighbor is left behind amid Tops supermarket closure
BUFFALO, NY (WKBW) – As several giveaways continue along Jefferson Avenue, for some neighbors returning to the area around Tops is too difficult, and it could mean they don’t have access to all the food free and personal products available.
Various mobile trucks are parked throughout Buffalo’s East Side, as its only grocery store in that corner of town is still closed and still too raw for residents to even leave their homes.
In order to ease the stress a little, the local organizations bring the food to the residents and it only takes a call or a text.
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“That’s what keeps Buffalo strong. Buffalo proud,” said Humble Highness Healing CEO Shareese Robinson.
Buffalo’s strong spirit continues to shine in Buffalo’s broken heart.
“You can come here 3-4 times a day,” Robinson said.
Things that are normally spot on have gone mobile this week.
McDonald’s “Mc-Rig” and Feedmore Western New York have provided trucks to give families the resources they need.
Organizations like Humble Highness Healing are mobilizing to go further.
“You don’t have to go out. Text me and I’ll come to you. If you’re not ready for advice, but you’re hungry,” Robinson said. “Text me your family size, address, zip code, and I’ll come to you.”
The number to call is (716) 574-8621.
Apart from insurance, Robinson is also offering a year of free bereavement counseling through the organization.
“We need those resources. We need more counselors. We need more therapists. People who look like us. People in our neighborhoods who understand that we’ve been victimized because of the color of our skin. “We couldn’t show our character content. There were kids in there. So we need our voices to be heard, but we need to get out of the house first,” Robinson said.
Another organization with boots on the ground is Slow Roll Buffalo. Members of the organization, like former Buffalo mayoral candidate India Walton, are going door to door in the ‘Fruit Belt’ neighborhood to make sure no resident is left behind .
Slow Roll Buffalo Board Member India Walton said, “Now that the neighborhood is in dire need again, Slow Roll has decided to step in and, in partnership with the African American Heritage Food Co-op and the Lexington Co-op, we deliver healthy food to Fruit Belt residents in need. »
This need is as simple as texting with your family’s needs. No income requirement and no questions asked.
Organizations ensuring that no neighbor is left behind