‘Buffalo Go Green’ provides access to nutrition in underserved communities
BUFFALO, NY (WIVB) – Buffalo Go Green is one of five organizations highlighted by the Better Together initiative.
The Buffalo Bills and Sabers foundations are partnering with the organization to raise funds to fight food equity in black communities.
Allison Dehonney, executive director of Buffalo Go Green, said it’s not just about feeding more people.
“We want to teach you, we want to show you through our cooking demonstrations, we want you to come and learn how to farm on your own or just have a place in your neighborhood where you know you can get fresh, local, GMO-free, chemical-free processed products,” Dehonney said.
She said that even though Buffalo is on the rise, it’s still one of the poorest cities in the country.
“Why do we have such deplorable health outcomes? Because we don’t have access to healthy food options, we have a plethora of fast food chains and stores that don’t offer healthy options, and we have a lot of people in the city who lack transportation.
Buffalo Go Green has an urban farm in Glenwood and Dupont and a mobile produce market to distribute what they grow.
A second location is in the works at East Ferry and Zenner.
Students in the University at Buffalo’s Master of Architecture program are helping to bring this vision to life.
“We’ve taken classes before and talked about the shortage of food and how difficult it is for people to get food, that’s especially true in Buffalo, there are places where there’s no food around you have to drive a bit,” student Joshua Earzideh said.
Dehonney said that with the help of the community, they can build more grow space and help more people with their overall health.
People can donate online and see how much has been raised for Better Together so far.
Kayla Green is a journalist who has been part of the News 4 team since 2021. See more of her work here.