New York State In-depth

New food pantry opening in Buffalo

Brandi Haynes, vice president of Adult Services said the pantry is needed “obviously because of food disparity on the east side of Buffalo or many low-income neighborhoods in Buffalo and Erie County. This was exacerbated by the May 14 tragedy at tops. This is one of the highest populated food deserts,” she said.

The food pantry inside The Resiliency Center at Research Council Western New York is located at 347 E. Ferry Street.

“This is a collaboration that’s been in the works for about six months,” Haynes said.

Anyone that lives in the 14208 or 14209 zip codes who is income eligible can receive food.

“Right now that is anyone that’s 200% or below the federal poverty level.”

The pantry will be open through August 19 on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 am – 2 pm and on Friday from 10 am – 6 pm

The hours will change after August 19.

“Food is very expensive right now because of inflation caused by the pandemic. So, even though Tops is back open, many people, unfortunately, may not be comfortable going in there, yet, and many people still cannot afford to feed their actual households throughout the course of the month,” Haynes said.

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