Over the years, East Said has been part of a city where healthy food is hard to come by. While this remains true, there are signs of hope that things are slowly changing.
As many Easterners are forced to shop in the corner markets, due to a lack of transportation, there is concern that unhealthy eating habits can lead to many problems, including high levels of obesity and various diseases. What to do when the shelves of corner stores are mainly supplied with canned goods, chips, packaged sandwiches, soda, etc.?
This is the question now facing the Cuomo administration, which is about to complete a $ 145,000 expansion project in Mandela Market (272 East Ferry Street). Funding for the project is provided by the Eastern Corridor Economic Development Fund and the Buffalo Billion II initiative.
The market, which is open 24 hours a day and is accessible by bus routes, is located within the limits of a The second standard food standard set by the USDA. This sign is what created the need for expansion, which now provides residents with access to it fresh and healthy foods.
“Access to clean and quality food is essential for the health and growth of all communities in these difficult times.” Governor Cuomo said. “The New York government is proud to support projects such as the expansion of the Mandela market and the resurgence of East Said Buffalo. I congratulate[the owner]Ahmad Saleh, who strives every day to provide food for his community and his loved ones. ”
“Lack of access to clean food is unfair” said Governor Lt. Katie Хохул. “We are proud to support the expansion of the Mandella market, which puts healthy food on the table for families in East Buffalo. Thanks to the founder of the Mandella market, Ahmad Saleh, for helping guide our society further. ”
To date, Saleh’s success in the market also guarantees investment. In 2012, he initially expanded the East Ferry market and in 2018 opened a second location on Broadway. This latest expansion in East Ferry envisioned the construction of 1,500 square feet of new space and allowed Saleh to purchase new equipment. To advance the project, it was funded by Empire State Development as part of a $ 130,000 grant. East Corridor Development Fund. Funding will allow Saleh to introduce different types of health fruits, vegetables and ready meals to his market inventory.
“We are pleased to expand our market in East Ferry street is perfect and ready to be enjoyed by East Buffalo residents, “said Saleh, an African immigrant who made his way to a business school and founded Mandella Market in 2007.” I would like to thank New York for supporting this opportunity to bring fresh produce, new food options and additional jobs to a neighborhood that needs affordable, affordable and nutritious food options. “
Assembly Speaker Crystal Volks-Stokes said, Mandela Ahmad Saleh’s market is literally a panic in the “food desert” in East Buffalo. This $ 145,000 expansion, thanks to the North American Corridor Economic Development Fund and the Buffalo Billionaire II, will help Saleh fulfill its mission of providing fruits, fresh vegetables and healthy food options to people living and working in East Buffalo. , increase. ”
Buffalo Mayor Byron Brown said, “The completion of the Mandela Market Expansion Project in East Ferry and Jefferson is great news for the residents living in this neighborhood as they are now looking for better food options such as fruits and vegetables. vegetables. I am grateful for this $ 145,000 targeted investment by Governor Andrew Cuomo and the United States Corridor Economic Development Fund. Our residents can now enjoy more food options, prepared meals and fresh produce all year round. I would also like to thank the owner of the Mandela Market, Ahmad Saleh, for his deep commitment and excellent service to our community. ”
272 E. St. Ferry St.
Buffalo, NY 14208