Hand sanitizer, disinfectant, plexiglass, and more, it all adds up and in a very big way. Small businesses, especially restaurants, have had to play a balancing act between the decreased revenue and increasing costs due to COVID-19.

The good news is there is relief coming from the federal government. The $28.6 billion Restaurant Revitalization grant program was included in the American Rescue Plan.

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Urban farmers at the Massachusetts Avenue Project cut the ribbon Thursday on their new Farmhouse and Community Food Training Center. The $2.4 million facility on Buffalo's West Side will serve as a regional food hub as well as an agriculture-based education and resource center.

Press Pass: Buffalo Spree's Women of Food

Oct 23, 2018
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Food is big business in Western New York, and according to the November issue of Buffalo Spree, women are playing an increasingly important role. In this week's Press Pass with WBFO's Mark Scott, Spree editor Elizabeth Licata says women are well-represented across the industry.

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Buffalo Public Schools prepare 28,000 lunches, 25,000 breakfasts and 5,000 snacks a day. Activists are calling for legal changes to allow greater variety in school food and easier ways to buy food produced locally.

Scott Gottlieb, the Food and Drug Administration commissioner appointed by the Trump administration, has this in common with Michelle Obama: He wants to know what's in the food he eats.

And this, it seems, includes calorie counts.

Now, the FDA has released its guidance on implementing an Obama-era rule that requires chain restaurants and other food establishments to post calories on menus or menu boards. The mandate was written into the Affordable Care Act back in 2010.

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One of Buffalo's many historic sites has been renovated.

African Heritage Food Co-op

Efforts to promote accessible and affordable food took center stage recently at an East Side community center as advocates highlighted what’s known as the People’s Food Movement.


Louisville has its  Hot Brown, an open-face turkey sandwich. Cincinnati is famous for its chili. And, of course, Buffalo is the birthplace of the chicken wing.

Press Pass: Food and Buffalo RiverWorks

Dec 8, 2014
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The December issue of Buffalo Spree is all about food, from the latest in kitchen gadgets to the best ethnic cuisine in Buffalo. 

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Billions of people across the world are joining Americans in obesity, eating too much, too fattening food and not getting enough exercise. That's the message a global obesity expert brought to the University at Buffalo Wednesday.

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Empire State Development approved funding for two upstate food and agriculture related measures in their meeting Friday.

Farmers and foodies call for fracking ban

Apr 12, 2013
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Farmers and foodies are urging Governor Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing in New York State right away. Groups across the state are expected to meet today and into next week to alert the public that fracking is a threat to the state’s agricultural viability.

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Our food system has changed more in the past 40 years than in the past 400-thousand.  That was just one of the comments made during a panel discussion on problems surrounding the production and distribution of food to American tables.

Over the past 40 years, farms have consolidated.  Farm subsidies often determine both the type and the amount of food to be produced.  Improved transportation allows food to be further distributed, but often times people living in lower-income neighborhoods don't necessarily have quick access to healthier choices.