Free school supplies distributed in underserved communities throughout August

These Good for the Neighborhood events will also offer fresh produce and free health screenings

BUFFALO, N.Y. (July 30, 2021) – It’s time to start getting ready for school! Free school supplies, including paper, notebooks, folders, pencils, glue sticks, crayons, markers and protective face masks, will be distributed by the Independent Health Foundation while supplies last at six locations in underserved communities throughout Western New York on the following dates and times:

Tuesday, August 3 from 6 to 8 pm

Galanti Park, 230 Martin Rd., Lackawanna, NY 14218

Thursday, August 5 from 5 to 6:30 pm

Doris Jones Family Resource Center 3001 9th Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14305

Saturday, August 7 from 10 am to 12 noon

Rural Outreach Center (ROC), South Wales Community Hall, 6387 Olean Rd., South Wales, NY 14139

Thursday, August 12 from 5 to 6:30 pm

Akron Newstead Senior Center, 5691 Cummings Rd, Akron, NY 14001)

Wednesday, August 18 from 5 to 8 pm

West Side Community Center, 161 Vermont Street Buffalo, NY 14213

Wednesday August 25 from 3:30 to 5:30 pm

Westminster Charter School, 24 Westminster Ave, Buffalo, NY 14215

Fresh produce and health screenings will also be offered as part of this Good for the Neighborhood program of the Independent Health Foundation, which are free to attend and held in community centers, schools and businesses throughout the City of Buffalo, Niagara Falls, Akron and Lackawanna.


Free school supplies distributed in underserved communities by the Independent Health Foundation/page 2

Additionally, those who attend this Good for the Neighborhood event can visit with community groups and resources, including:

  • University Pediatric Dental
  • Feed MORE Western NY
  • Field & Fork Network
  • Ask the Pharmacist
  • UB Smile Team
  • Veteran One Stop Center
  • Erie County department of Health
  • Parent Network of WNY

    “Having all the supplies necessary to attend school is important but not possible for some families as they look forward to the upcoming school year,” said Carrie Meyer, Executive Director, Independent Health Foundation. “As challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic remain, there is an overwhelming need for some basic necessities and continued support to help families get and stay healthy that we strive to address through our Good for the Neighborhood program.”

    All who attend must comply with existing COVID-19 guidelines by the Centers for Disease Control.

    Good for the Neighborhood is a free, community-based wellness program of the Independent Health Foundation that brings health-related training and tools to areas where access to health care is limited. Traditionally, the program hosts health fair-style events quarterly at sites in Western New York that offer free access to healthy food, health screenings, and blood pressure checks, workshops and, once each year, free school supplies. More information is available online at

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