USDA Awards MAP & Grassroots Gardens Grant for Community Food Hub Project

Rep. Brian Higgins announces USDA Grant awarded to MAP and Grassroots Gardens of WNY for Community Food Hub Project.

Rep. Brian Higgins announces USDA Grant awarded to MAP and Grassroots Gardens of WNY for Community Food Hub Project.

The goal of the Community Food Hub Project is to build leadership skills among low-income youth, new Americans and community gardeners while addressing food access needs in Buffalo neighborhoods.  Work is currently underway on MAP’s new Farmhouse at 389 Massachusetts Avenue in Buffalo, which will serve as a community hub for agriculture-based training and education. The space will also provide food-based employment opportunities and a marketplace for local growers to sell their goods.

MAP and Grassroots Gardens of WNY are working both independently and in coordination to transform vacant lots into community gardens and food deserts into places with easy access to locally sourced food. Over the years, MAP has created jobs for over 700 young people and Grassroots Gardens has supported the creation of approximately 100 community-driven gardens in the Cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

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