Cooper Hurley Helps Program to Counter South Norfolk ‘Food Desert’

The South Norfolk community in Chesapeake is a ‘food desert,” according to Nischelle Buffalow, the community developer at Chesapeake Avenue United Methodist Church.

The church is known for its Food Assistance Ministries, a program it has expanded in recent years. Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers is happy to support this initiative. This month, we presented a check to Pastor Jan Prentace-Commander and Nischelle.

Every Wednesday evening, the church feeds 45 to 100 people in its hall.

“We have an after school program where we feed the kids, as well,” said Nischelle. “We are now going to introduce a food pantry for our seniors."

“Here in South Norfolk, we are actually live in a food desert so bringing fresh fruits and vegetables and fresh meats to the community is a plus,” she said.

Nischelle said many local residents make themselves at home at the church.

“Our community really enjoy it. They sit in here on Wednesdays like they are relaxing at home,” she said.

Pastor Jan said the South Norfolk area is a Title 1 school district.  Title 1 is America’s oldest federally funded program, states the U.S. Department of Education. Every year, it provides more than $14 billion to school systems across the country for students at risk of failure and living at or near poverty.

“People in this area live in poverty and beyond poverty level,” she said.

In recent months, Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers has supported many good causes. This week, we presented a check for $500 at the end of our winter “Facebook likes” campaign for Blankets For the Homeless.

The non-profit was set up by Mariah Smith from Virginia Beach who was abandoned as a baby one Christmas Eve.

She set up Blankets for the Homeless when, as a teen when she saw a homeless man outside a fast-food restaurant. She gave him a blanket and her food. Now she deals with all facets of homelessness in Hampton Roads including people on the streets and families in transitory hotel accommodations.

Our latest Facebook likes campaign is Heal The Warriors. You can find out more about it here. For every like our Norfolk Injury lawyers’ Facebook page, we will donate $1 to this great organization.

This month, we presented a check to Dr. Earle Williams, who is launching the inaugural Dr. Earle Show on March 11.

The Dr. Earle Show presents a series of seminars by Williams, a clinical psychologist who is a former felon. The event is intended to inform and teach attendees how to avoid jail, how to prepare for release and how to adjust to life outside prison.

The first show will be taped before a live audience in the auditorium of the Attucks Theater at 1010 Church Street in Norfolk on March 11.

On March 5, another Cooper Hurley sponsored event is taking place. Cornhole for the Cure is in its second year. The event raises money for breast cancer research. You can find out more on its Facebook page here.

To contact the team at Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers call us at (757) 455-0077.



  1. avatar Jan Commander
    Posted February 28, 2017 at 10:09 pm | Permalink

    Thank you for your monetary donation to Chesapeake Ave. UMC.

    Pastor Jan Commander

  2. avatar Belinda Lilley
    Posted March 11, 2017 at 12:21 pm | Permalink

    Thank you keeper Hurley!

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