Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) has unveiled a new addition to Buffalo — the Farmhouse & Community Food Training Center.
The $2.4 million facility on Massachusetts Ave. will serve as a hub for those looking to learn more about food and agriculture.
In addition to that, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office says the center will “create new markets for local growers, increase healthy food access for thousands of residents and provide jobs and leadership training for future community youth leaders.”
“Every community should have access to quality, fresh food and this partnership with MAP is part and parcel with New York State’s ongoing efforts to end food insecurity once and for all,” Cuomo said. “This urban food hub in Buffalo will provide new markets for small farmers, greater access to affordable and nutritious food and job training and resources for the next generation of community leaders.”
Funding for the project was received from various private and public donors, including $930,000 from Homes and Community Renewal and a $385,000 grant from the Western New York Regional Economic Development Council.
“The new MAP Farmhouse is a game-changer for Buffalo’s West Side, and will help to continue the progress of this vibrant community,” Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul said. “The new Farmhouse & Community Food Training Center will help to expand offerings of fresh produce, provide jobs for young people, and educate the public. Food insecurity is one of the most important social justice issues of our time. New York is recognizing this by investing in the MAP Farmhouse, which will work to combat hunger in Buffalo and across western New York.”