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Community tries to save "Ginzy's" Salvage Food Store for low-income families

Posted at 2:03 PM, Jan 26, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-26 19:50:58-05

A petition was submitted to the Buffalo Common Council this week with 1,300 signatures to help save "Ginzy's Discount Warehouse" on Seneca Street in South Buffalo and help it find a new home.

Names are still being signed on the petition that is circulating online through change.org  https://www.change.org/p/buffalo-chamber-of-commerce-save-ginzy-s-warehouse-on-seneca-street.  

The petition asks the City of Buffalo to help relocate the only Salvage Food Store in Western New York. The store has lost its lease and, without help from the city, Ginzy's will close and low-income families will be left without this important resource.

Salvage Food stores buy food that is near its "sell-by" date or recently expired, but still considered safe to eat, so that it can be sold for extremely cheap prices.

Community members told 7 Eyewitness News they are in tears to see the 37-year-old store going out of business.  

There are fears that if Ginzy's closes as scheduled at the end of February, it will create a new burden on local food pantries and soup kitchens as former Ginzy's shoppers look for help.

Robert Ginsburg and his son say they don't have the money to start over somewhere else.  The store lost its lease because it can no longer afford the rent and the property owners are looking to redevelop the property into other uses.

Reporter Ed Reilly talked to customers and the store's founder about the grass-roots effort to save Ginzy's.