Several Good for the Neighborhood events offering free health screenings, flu shots, resources and information from healthcare professionals along with fresh fruits & vegetables, pumpkins with recipe cards and some fun activities for families – including arts & crafts and hayrides – have been organized by the Independent Health Foundation in underserved communities throughout Western New York this Fall on the following dates and times:

Thurs., Oct. 14 from 4:30 to 6:30 pm
West Side Community Center, 161 Vermont Street Buffalo, NY 14213
Sat. Oct. 23 from 10 am to 12 pm
Westminster Charter School, 24 Westminster Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215
Wed., Oct. 27 from 4 to 6 pm
Packard Court Community Center, 4300 Pine Ave, Niagara Falls, NY 14301
Thurs., Oct. 28 from 5 to 6:30 pm
Doris Jones Family Resource Center 3001 9th Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14305
Sat., Nov 13 from 10 am to 1 pm
Mt Olive Baptist Church, 701 E Delavan Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215
Tues., Nov. 16 from 5:30 to 7 pm
Martin Rd. Elementary School, 135 Martin Rd, Lackawanna, NY 14218
Thurs., Nov. 18 from 5:30 to 6:30 pm
Akron/Newstead, 5659 Cummings Rd Akron, NY 14001
Sat., Nov. 20 from 10 am to 12 pm

Rural Outreach Center (ROC), South Wales Community Hall, 6387 Olean Rd., South Wales, NY 14139
Additionally, those who attend these Good for the Neighborhood event can visit with community groups and resources, including:

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• Feed MORE Western NY
• Field & Fork Network
• Ask the Pharmacist
• Veteran One Stop Center
• Erie County Department of Health
• University at Buffalo Behavioral Lab

“Unfortunately, health screenings and education along with nutritious food are not widely available in many underserved neighborhoods throughout Western New York,” said Carrie Meyer, Executive Director, Independent Health Foundation. “As these on-going challenges have been met with the COVID-19 pandemic, there’s an overwhelming need for some basic necessities. Continued support to help these families get and stay healthy is what we strive to provide through our Good for the Neighborhood program.” All who attend these Good for the Neighborhood gatherings must comply with existing COVID-19 guidelines by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Traditionally, the Good for the Neighborhood program hosts health fair-style events quarterly in community centers, schools and businesses in underserved communities throughout the City of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Akron and Lackawanna. The events offer free access to healthy food, health screenings including blood pressure checks, workshops and, once each year during the late summer, free school supplies.

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