Fresh food is important for so many reasons, but most importantly to keep you healthy and strong. Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, the Food Bank of Western New York, and Catholic Charities, are teaming up to bring fresh food to those who need it most.
Buffalo’s First Ward is known as a food desert. That means that it is a primarily low income neighborhood that doesn’t have access to all of the fresh vegetables and produce that it should.
The city of good neighbors is of course helping to change that. They are providing a mobile food pantry at Mercy Comprehensive Care Center on Louisiana Street.
The food truck will be there the fourth Wednesday of every month. Not only will it bring fresh produce, but it will teach those who show up healthy recipes and, like at the grocery store on a Sunday, will allow residents of South Buffalo to sample the food before making it at home. This is all in conjunction with the ‘Heart Smart for Life’ initiative which brings a nutritionist in to low income communities.
CJ Urlaub, President and CEO of Mercy Hospital told News 4, “That program teaches folks how to exercise and eat healthy but it’s tough when they cant get access to the food. So Catholic Charities and the food bank are bringing the healthy foods as a compliment to that program.”
This mobile food pantry is the first health care based distribution site for the food bank in the area. Because of that, it’s success is unknown, but all involved are hopeful that it will be a hit in providing a healthier lifestyle to those who need it.