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MAP looks to keep growing

Chris Caya WBFO News

To continue growing its operation, the Massachusetts Avenue Project is looking to build a new Farmhouse and Community Food Resource Center.

The center would include offices, a teaching kitchen, and space to distribute MAP's locally grown food. The agency employs 50 Buffalo teens a year who grow, harvest and distribute the produce.

Canisius High School senior Dabreon Darby says he gets a lot of satisfaction out of the program. Darby says parts of the West Side are in a "food desert."

"There's not a lot of supermarkets here with fresh food. So, people really like to come here for their choice of fresh foods and vegetables," said Darby.

The new Farmhouse will adjoin over an acre of reclaimed vacant lots currently used for growing organic produce for the community.

So far, MAP has raised nearly $600,000 towards its $1 million goal.