Feeding Growth: How a new Co-op hopes to feed the East Side and grow its economy

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) –  A new business is growing and wants to make eating healthier an option for people who live on Buffalo’s East side.

The people behind the African Heritage Food Co- op say they want to grow the economy here while also feeding a struggling part of the city.

Alexander Wright created the Co-op so it could re-energize the East Side.

He’s now working with local farms to bring healthy foods at affordable prices to buffalo’s east side. For $30 customers get $50 to $70 worth of produce. There is an option for you to pick it up at their pop-up shops or there is a delivery option. Right now the program is looking for a place to put their brick and mortar store on the East Side. Now he wants people to invest in the program.

His plan is to keep this business here local. He one day hopes to hire a staff of 60 people, all from the Buffalo area.

Wright looks to the Elmwood Village community which has its own co-op as an example. His wife says this is something that can bring this part of the community together.

If you’d like to be a part of the Co-op or would like more information you can visit their Facebook page here. 

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