Op-ed: East Buffalo Needs Community-Driven Structural Investments, Not Fly-In, Fly-Out Charity

Our team was bombarded by media queries about East Buffalo. We were appalled at the framing of [media] queries, which offered an exclusively deficit-based view of the neighborhood and overlooked the work of individuals and organizations that have been working to strengthen the food system in East Buffalo. We agreed to write this reflection to counter the public and policy amnesia that engulfs the concerns of Black communities in Buffalo. The city’s Black neighborhoods need sustained structural investments, not fly-in, fly-out charity.
The linked Op-Ed captures the views of our coalition of Food Equity scholars with commitment to and relationships with Black-led organizations in East Buffalo (data published with permission of community partners).
Please read the full article here.