Pictured above, India Walton, Executive Director of the Fruit Belt Community Land Trust, displays one of the food packages delivered to families in the Fruitbelt neighborhood Saturday. Challenger Photo
Open Buffalo and the Fruit Belt Community Land Trust teamed up to help already struggling city neighborhoods being further impacted by the COVID-19 health crisis with a highly successful distribution of protective masks, nutritious food, and home disinfectants. According to Fruit belt Community Land Trust Executive Director India Walton, volunteers delivered food to some 40 families last Saturday.
The Fruit Belt Neighborhood is one of the oldest in the city, with more than 60% of its small population below the poverty line. Predominately African American, it is a demographic that continues to experience significant inequities, particularly when it comes to health and food security – a situation exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis.