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FOOD DRIVE TO SUPPORT THE EAST SIDE COMMUNITY



Students and families of BAVPA will join together to host a food drive beginning Wednesday, May 17th, to Friday, the 27th. Drop items during the school day in the Gym or Room 210. We accept fruit, canned, boxed, and other non-perishable items.


Students are welcome to take items from these bins as needed, with the remainder to be donated to Feed More WNY at 91 Holt Street, Buffalo, New York 14206.


The events of Saturday, May 14th, where an 18-year-old white man drove three hours from Conklin, New York, to Tops Market on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo, New York, and shot thirteen people, spurred students to get involved and support the impacted community.


The Tops on Jefferson Avenue is a supermarket that serves an area with little access to low-cost, healthy selections.


Jefferson Avenue is currently blocked off, and there are further plans to block off other nearby streets. It is uncertain how long this will last or how long it will take to renovate or rebuild the Tops. Most people in this area do not have access to cars or transportation to get to grocery stores located farther away.


The Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts (BAVPA) sits less than a mile away from Tops. A large percentage of students, staff, and the school community have been directly affected by this horrific event. If you would like to get involved in this student-driven support team, contact Ms. Murray in room 210 or mmurray3@buffaloschools.org.


Additional donation sites:


Feed More Western New York: https://www.feedmorewny.org/donate/ways-to-give/give-food


Go Fund Me Donation: https://www.gofundme.com/f/community-support-to-feed-the-east-side


Black Love Resists in the Rust: https://donate-usa.keela.co/mental-health-and-food-support


Mental Health resources for students, families, staff, and anyone else who has been affected:


Black Mental Health Alliance: https://beam.community


Black Emotional and Mental Health Collective: https://blackmentalhealth.com


Black Men Heal: https://blackmenheal.org


Melanin and Mental Health: https://www.melaninandmentalhealth.com


Sista Afya: https://www.sistaafya.com


LGBTQ Physcotherapistis of Color Directory: https://abpsi.org/find-psychologists


Go Fund Me Relief: https://www.gofundme.com/f/the-families-of-the-victims-of-buffalo-shooting




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