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

October 10, 2019

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

Funding Comes from Buffalo's East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the groundbreaking for Mandela Market's expansion project on the East Side of Buffalo. The $145,000 expansion on East Ferry Street will allow for an increase in fresh and prepared food options in a federally recognized "food desert" where current options are not accessible for the neighborhood. The market will receive funding from the state's East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund. The project is expected to be complete in Spring of 2020.

"New York State is laser focused on growing Buffalo's unprecedented momentum, and our investments in the four main north-south commercial corridors has sparked the revitalization of Buffalo's East Side," Governor Cuomo said. "Access to fresh, quality food options is critical to the growth and prosperity of a community, and the Mandela Market expansion will address the unique circumstances experienced within the East Side, leading to a stronger, thriving Buffalo for generations to come."

"Ahmed Saleh and all immigrants who call Buffalo home are making our community stronger. We are proud to support projects like the expansion of the Mandela Market and the continuing revitalization of Buffalo's East side," said Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul, who spoke at today's event. "Lack of access to fresh food is a social injustice, and here in New York we are focused on alleviating food insecurity. The expanded Mandela Market will make it easier for Buffalo residents to access fresh fruits and vegetables - helping to ensure all families can put good food on the table."

Read the full press release here.