Each spring, Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) sends out its MAP Mobile Market, delivering fresh, naturally grown, organic, and affordable produce to parts of the city (food deserts) that do not have immediate access to wholesome foods. The produce is sourced from MAP’s urban farm on Massachusetts Avenue and at local partner farms, including Oles Family Farm in Alden, NY. For years, people have been relying on the mobile market to source their weekly produce needs.
In order to make it easier for low income families to purchase the locally grown and harvested goods, The Mobile Market accepts cash, credit, SNAP (EBT), Double Up Food Bucks, and WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program checks.
On top of the fresh and appealing offerings, MAP also provides recipes, storage and cooking tips to those who might be interested. The organization has also teamed up with Eat Smart New York to provide tips on healthy living nutrition.
If you’re wondering what kind of numbers the MAP Mobile Market is doing these days, in 2016 the organization distributed 18,000 pounds of food to over 3200 people. All of that was possible well before certain resources were made available. I’m referring to the new MAP Farmhouse project which is currently underway. Once the farmhouse is constructed at 387 Massachusetts Avenue, the Mobile Market mission will be greatly amplified. That alone is an exciting advancement to look forward to.
More information about MAP’s Mobile Market can be found on the organization’s website: mass-ave.org.
MAP Mobile Market | 2017 Schedule (starting June 1st)
Thursdays 4 PM – 6 PM
Elim Christian Fellowship | 70 Chalmers Ave | Buffalo, NY 14214 | Between Holden St and Fillmore Ave | Parking lot
Fridays 11 AM – 1 PM
Mulberry Street Block Club | 292 High Street | Buffalo, NY 14204 | Between Lemon St and Orange St | BFNC Moot Senior Center parking lot