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Somali, Burmese communities supply food at new market-style pantry

Organizers say the market-style food pantry will serve all West Side neighbors with culturally appropriate foods supplied by the Somali and Burmese communities.

BUFFALO, N.Y. — A brand new food pantry opened on Buffalo's West Side.

It's called Provisions 139, and organizers say the market-style food pantry will serve all West Side neighbors with culturally appropriate foods supplied by the Somali and Burmese communities. 

The food pantry is located at 139 Vermont Street. 

In addition to food distribution services, the space will also serve as a health and wellness gathering space.

"Since the start of the pandemic, we've seen a substantial increase in food insecurity," according to Crystal Selk, who is the executive director of West Side Community Services.

"And we felt it was our duty and our mission to extend our services by providing our neighbors with access to healthy food in a unique and dignified manner."