Governor Cuomo Announces Expansion of Mandela Market on Buffalo's East Side

January 20, 2021

Expansion Allows Market to Provide Fresh Foods in a Federally Recognized "Food Desert"

Expansion Supported by New York's East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund and Buffalo Billion II Initiative

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the completion of the Mandela Market's expansion project on the East Side of Buffalo. The $145,000 expansion at 272 East Ferry Street, which was supported by funding from the state's East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund and Buffalo Billion II initiative, provides greater access to fresh fruit and vegetables for a neighborhood partially covered by a USDA-designated second standard food desert. Open 24 hours a day and accessible by bus routes, the market helps residents of the area lead a healthier lifestyle and improved quality of life.

"Access to fresh, quality food is critical to the health and prosperity of all communities during these challenging times," Governor Cuomo said. "New York State is proud to support projects like the expansion of the Mandela Market and the continuing revitalization of Buffalo's East Side. I congratulate Ahmed Saleh, who works hard every day to provide food to the neighborhood he lives in and loves."

"Lack of access to fresh food is an injustice," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul. "We are proud to support the expansion of Mandela Market, which will put healthy food on the table for families in Buffalo's East Side. Thank you to Mandela Market founder Ahmed Saleh, who is helping lead the way to make our community even stronger."

Read the full press release here.