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MAP Mobile Market seeks community partners

The Massachusetts Avenue Project (MAP) seeks community partners to host its Growing Green Mobile Market for the 2015-16 growing season.

Recipes, food samples, nutrition information and consumer surveys are all part of the Mobile Market program, which is designed to combat food inequity across Buffalo. Prices are kept low and naturally grown or organic produce is sourced whenever possible.

The Mobile Market truck served six sites around the city last year.

Common staples found on the Mobile Market truck include salad mix, cooking greens, tomatoes, onions and squash. Many of these items are grown at MAP. Watermelons and apples were a big hit last year, as well.

The Mobile Market accepts cash, SNAP and WIC Farmers’ Market Nutrition Program checks.

The last two years, MAP received support from a state Department of Agriculture and Markets program called Fresh Connect as part of the program. Fresh Connect helps SNAP recipients extend their fresh-food budget by offering a $2 coupon for every $5 in SNAP benefits spent at participating farm stands. MAP officials said they hope to receive similar state support this year.

MAP invites interested local nonprofits and businesses to apply for a market truck stop this year. Applications are due Monday.

Copies of the application and more information are available at mass-ave.org or by contacting MAP Markets Director Danielle Rovillo at 882-5327, Ext. 4, or emailing danielle@mass-ave.org.

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