“Here To Serve!”Positive Examples of Working Together Within Our Communities To Support Ourselves And Our Neighbors During The Covid-19 Crisis

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.