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CAO of WNY Launches Covid-19 Nutrition Assistance Initiative Through CARES Act

CAO of WNY Launches Covid-19 Nutrition Assistance Initiative Through CARES Act
The initiative includes expanding CAO’s mobile food pantry services and grocery delivery to seniors and those living with disabilities.

(Buffalo, NY) – The Community Action Organization of WNY (CAO) has launched their Covid-19 Nutrition Assistance Initiative through CARES Act Funding. The initiative has enabled CAO to expand its reach in Western New York by hosting more mobile food pantry events and delivering groceries to eligible seniors and those living with disabilities.

Beginning on January 27, CAO’s mobile food pantry will begin servicing zip code 14204 at the CAO JFK Community Center and residents of Angola, Brant, Farnham, and Derby, NY at the CAO Angola Resource Center. CAO will continue these services on the fourth Wednesday of each month. CAO has already been serving the LBJ Apartment Complex and residents in 14208 and 14209 zip codes. Still, Brandi Haynes, Director of CAO’s Emergency & Family Services Department, is thrilled to bring mobile food pantry services to more rural communities in Western New York.

“There is no shortage of those in need in Western New York,” Haynes said. “It’s incredible to be able to serve those living in rural areas near Angola, NY; they are often overlooked. My department is looking forward to connecting with these communities and sharing more information on CAO’s expanded programming.”

Mobile Food Pantry Information

Site 1: BMHA LBJ Apt Building
167 W. Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo, NY 14214
When: Every Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday from 10 am – 2 pm
Who: Residents of LBJ Apts. and 14208 and 14209 zip codes
(Clients residing in other zip codes need a referral.)

Site 2: CAO JFK Community Center
114 Hickory Street, Buffalo, NY, 14204
When: Every 4th Wednesday of the month from 10 am – 12 pm
Who: Residents of 14204 zip code only

Site 3: CAO Angola Community Center
251 N. Main Street, Angola, NY, 14006
When: Every 4th Wednesday of the month from 1 pm – 3 pm
Who: Residents of Angola, Derby, Brant, and Farnham, NY, only

Due to Covid-19 precautions, CAO’s mobile food pantries will not be accepting walk-up clients. Residents must apply in advance and provide the following documentation: photo ID, proof of address, proof of income, and identification for all additional household members.

CAO has also launched the CARES Emergency Home Delivery program this week. The program will assist low-income seniors ages 65 or older, disabled individuals, and individuals and families without secure access to food due to the Covid-19 pandemic with obtaining nutritious food items to sustain a healthy lifestyle.

“Once a month, our friendly, Emergency and Family Services Team will deliver a bag of groceries to homebound individuals who are unable to visit a food pantry in their local community,” Haynes said. “This program is designed to assist clients who can prepare their meals but lack the mobility to utilize a traditional food pantry.”

Those interested in any CAO’s Nutrition Assistance programs can call 716-881-5150 for more information and questions on eligibility or application. CAO’s Nutrition Assistance Initiative is made possible through the federal CARES Act.

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