The Junior League of Buffalo Designates MAP’s New Farmhouse for $300,000 from the Decorators’ Show House Award
MAP is proud to announce that the Junior League of Buffalo has awarded MAP’s Community Food Training & Resource Center as the recipient of 2013 Junior League/Buffalo News Decorators’ Show House Funds!
The new Community Food Training & Resource Center will provide food and agriculture-based education, resources and volunteer opportunities to Buffalo residents, schools, community gardeners and organizations. The Center will include a new indoor and outdoor training space, a teaching kitchen, a resource library, improved cold storage and tool storage space, and offices, all located at MAP’s urban farm at 389 Massachusetts Avenue. MAP has a goal to raise the entire capital budget of $650,000 by September 2014.
The new Center will enhance MAP’s mission by allowing the organization to provide food and nutrition-related information, resources and training to 15,000 people annually, and increase access to healthy, affordable food. The new Center will create a welcoming and functional teaching kitchen for cooking classes, nutrition education and cooperative food prep clubs. It will create new meeting and training space for partners working on local food systems development and will increase opportunities for greater community involvement in food-based research and advocacy. It will also create a much needed home base for MAP’s innovative Growing Green Program.
Since 2003, MAP has provided jobs and training to over 500 low-income youth and food nutrition based training to over 9,000 residents, school children and policymakers. Since 2007, MAP has increased healthy food access to over 4,800 households through sales and donations of over 25,000 lbs of affordable, local, organic produce. Since 2008, 95% of MAP’s high school seniors graduated and went on to college. Many of them were the 1st person in their family to go to college. Along with its partners, MAP helped establish the Buffalo-Erie County Food Policy Council, Urban Agricultural Zoning and other policy initiatives in support of Western New York’s local food system.
MAP has been recognized nationally as a best practice model for food systems development by Monterey Bay Aquarium, the Center for Disease Control, the Goodfoodmovement.org and Why Hunger.