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MAP Mobile produce market hits the road

The Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) Mobile Market has resumed its routes in the Ellicott and Masten districts to provide fresh, affordable fruits and vegetables to underserved communities.

MAP’s urban farm on Massachusetts Avenue and local partner farms, including Oles Family Farm in Alden, supply produce for the Mobile Market. For the first time, the market also will provide eggs from Dispenza Farms in the Town of Lockport.

Elim Christian Fellowship and Mulberry Street Block Club (at the Moot Community Center) are the market’s community partners this year. The Mobile Market will be open on a weekly basis at those sites through October, rain or shine. Cash, credit, SNAP (EBT), Double Up Food Bucks and WIC Farmers Market Nutrition Program checks will be accepted.

Naturally grown or organic produce is sourced whenever possible. Recipes, storage and cooking tips are provided at Mobile Market sites. In addition, MAP partners with Eat Smart New York to offer nutrition education and information to visitors.

Last year, the Mobile Market served more than 3,200 consumers and distributed 18,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to individuals, families and seniors. Sales for the Double Up Food Bucks program – which provides a dollar for dollar match up to $20 a day for SNAP recipients buying locally grown produce – exceeded $1,200. Double Up funding is provided by the Field and Fork Network.

The MAP Mobile Market schedule is as follows:

Moot Senior Center: 4 to 6 p.m. Thursdays, in the center parking lot, 292 High St., between Lemon and Orange streets. Hosted by the Mulberry Street Block Club.

Elim Christian Fellowship: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Fridays, in the church parking lot, 70 Chalmers Ave., between Holden Street and Fillmore Avenue.

More information can be found on the organization’s website, mass-ave.org.

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