There is an old saying " Give a man a fish, and you will feed him for a day, teach a man to fish and you'll feed him for a lifetime". Alexander Wright launched the African Heritage Food Co-op to combat hunger in Western New York, and what he is going is very similar to that old saying in my opinion.

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People owning their own is the way, Mr. Wright would like to see residents here in Buffalo and all around Western New York live. He wants people to own and control something sustainable in their community, and he says that it begins with the food industry. The goal is to empower people to own a share of their own market and buy healthy, affordable food from themselves. The African Heritage Food Co-op is a member-owned operation that was started in 2016 and it has grown so much, that in 2020 alone, the Co-op helped provide healthy food to over 400,000 people.

There is a one-time membership fee of $100.00, which is payable over 6-months to become a full owner in Co-op. The market brings healthy foods into the heart of the places that need them to most through mobile markets.

I love the communities were in, there are people there, and wherever there are people there's value. We are honored to be in these neighborhoods.

Said, Alexander Wright.

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The nice thing is anyone can buy produce in the markets or online, the co-op is not just for members. Alexander Wright bought the co-op its own 22-acre land in Franklinville called Blegacy Farms, you can learn more about it here.

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