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A handful of deserved local organizations will soon be benefitting from generous grant funding from the General Mills Foundation. United Way of Buffalo & Erie County (UWBEC) has announced that it has partnered with the foundation, with intentions of “Strengthen the Community’s Food System”, by providing 13 organizations with staggered funding in the amount of $1 million.

The funding will help to address the need for wholesome foods to be available in all communities throughout the city, at a fair price, while keeping in mind the need for culturally preferred foods. In turn, the high need neighborhoods, which are the focus of the partnership, will see additional rewards in the form of increased employment, ownership, and entrepreneurship in food-related business. The list of organizations benefitting from the funding is a veritable who’s who of leaders that have set out to level the playing field where access to affordable and nutritious foods is concerned.

The recipients and their projects include: (Organization Name, Funding Amount, Program Name)

Michael Weiner, President and CEO of UWBEC commented, “We are thrilled with the support from the General Mills Foundation to improve food systems, policy, and access in our community.  These programs represent more than just making food available in high need communities, but instead begin to address changing food systems, policies and culture that will help to create a more equitable system for all. We are delighted to play a part in helping these organizations further develop innovative and sustainable ideas to meet these challenges.”

Projects were chosen based on their ability to meet one or both of two critical goals:

  • Increasing access to, and affordability of fresh and other food options that meet the economic, nutritional and cultural needs in high-need communities
  • Increasing participation in the local food economy through employment, ownership and entrepreneurship related to fresh and other food options that meet the economic, nutritional and cultural needs of our communities.

“At General Mills our aim is to build and support food-secure communities,” said Louise Iverson, senior program manager, General Mills Foundation. “We are very proud to work in partnership with United Way of Buffalo & Erie County to reach our shared goal of increasing food security and food access by building a stronger food system in Buffalo.”

The one-time investment will support up to two years of activity with the expectation that the programs will be sustainable beyond that timeframe.

Written by queenseyes


Newell Nussbaumer is 'queenseyes' - Eyes of the Queen City and Founder of Buffalo Rising. Co-founder Elmwood Avenue Festival of the Arts. Co-founder Powder Keg Festival that built the world's largest ice maze (Guinness Book of World Records). Instigator behind Emerald Beach at the Erie Basin Marina. Co-created Flurrious! winter festival. Co-creator of Rusty Chain Beer. Instigator behind Saturday Artisan Market (SAM) at Canalside, Buffalo Porchfest, and Paint vs. Paint. Founder of The Peddler retro and vintage market on Elmwood. Instigator behind Liberty Hound @ Canalside. Throws The Witches Ball at Statler City, the Hertel Alley Street Art Festival, and The Flutterby Festival.

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