Partners & Funders

Partners and Funders

The Massachusetts Avenue Project is proud to have long-standing partnerships with groups that seek to further positive social and economic development on Buffalo’s West Side and beyond.  Some of our key partners include:

Professor Samina Raja, UB School of Architecture and Planning– Dr. Raja collaborates with the Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP), to study ways to build and strengthen sustainable food systems in Buffalo. The author of the award winning “Food for Growth Study,” a community needs assessment about food access in Buffalo, Professor Raja has helped bring Food Security, as a social and economic issue, to the forefront of academic and community spheres of influence. The study has provided thorough research that helps MAP focus its programs and resources in effective ways to address food security and advocate for systemic solutions.

Grassroots Gardens of WNY-Grassroots Gardens of WNY is a community gardening program in Western New York working with public and private sectors to revitalize neighborhoods and build quality of life through the reuse and beautification of vacant land.  GRG helps local groups access vacant lots through temporary leases and works with MAP to promote Community Gardens, urban agriculture and other greenspace projects in Buffalo.  Information about Grassroots Gardens can be found at there website-

Oles Family Farm-Is a local family owned farm in Alden, NY, that is committed to producing healthy, affordable, chemical free food. The Oles Family run an annual Community Supported Agriculture program,, and have MAP as one of their distribution sites.  Dedicated to finding ways to bring healthy food to people in Buffalo, the Oles work with MAP each year to support MAPs Mobile Market, youth farm education field trips and fundraisers.

People United for Sustainable Housing (P.U.S.H.)–  PUSH is a grassroots, non-profit community organization working to rebuild the West Side of Buffalo. PUSH p organizes residents to confront institutions that perpetuate poverty on the West Side and to create and implement an action plan for improving the neighborhood.  MAP and PUSH work collaboratively on a Green Development Zone, focusing resources and sharing a vision of environmentally sustainable housing, healthy food access, greenspace and local green job creation.  For more information about PUSH see their website



Key MAP Supporters
MAP would like to thank our generous financial supporters:

Ben and Jerry’s Foundation, Children’s Foundation of Erie County, Chorus Foundation, Citizens Bank, Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, Council Member David Rivera and the City of Buffalo,  Delaware North Companies, Empire State Development, Erie County Youth Services, First Niagara Bank Foundation, General Mills Foundation, Key Bank, HSBC Bank, James H. Cummings Foundation,  John R. Oishei Foundation, Josephine Goodyear Foundation, Junior League of Buffalo, Lawson Valentine Foundation, Lexington Coop, Local Initiative Support Corporation, M&T Bank, National Grid, NYS Assembly Memer Sean Ryan, NYS Dept of Agriculture and Mkts., NYS Dept of Homes and Community Renewal, Patrick P. Lee Foundation, Peter Cornell Trust, Rich Products, Simple Gifts Fund, United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, USDA, Wegmans, Western NY Foundation, WHYHunger and as well as many individual donors.

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