The Community Action Organization of Western New York is launching a new nutrition assistance program with funding from the CARES Act. The CARES Act is a $2.2 trillion economic stimulus bill signed by Former President Donald Trump last March, amidst the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The COVID-19 pandemic is bringing to the forefront glaring racial disparities which advocates say have existed for decades. Included in the discussion is the issue of healthy food sources in lower income neighborhoods, so called “food deserts.”
Many of Buffalo’s East Side neighborhoods have long been considered food deserts, with little or no access to fresh fruits and vegetables. But an ongoing community initiative is working to change the corner store into an oasis of healthy options.
Across Western New York, farmers’ markets can be found in just about every community, and each one has its own style. In two Buffalo neighborhoods, markets cater to unique communities – ones without easy access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
Think of them as gardens on wheels. Traditional gardens in Niagara Falls will soon be getting some creative company. A new program called “Grow on the Go” will help folks to grow produce in abandoned shopping carts.