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Maloney Announces Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie Awarded $160,800 to Expand the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market

Oct 6, 2020
Press Release

Maloney Announces Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie Awarded $160,800 to Expand the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market

Washington, D.C. – Today, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum in Poughkeepsie will receive a $160,800 grant from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to plan the expansion of the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market into an enclosed, year-round operation.

These funds were awarded through the USDA’s Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP), which provides grants to farmers markets and local food producers to increase consumer access to locally produced agricultural products. Representative Maloney fought for this funding in the 2018 Farm Bill, and has been a longtime champion of farmers market expansion grant programs.

“The pandemic has caused food insecurity for children and families across the Hudson Valley. At the same time, our farmers continue to face closed markets and limited selling opportunities. This grant will help the first-of-it’s-kind Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market expand to a year-round operation, connecting families with fresh food grown and produced right here in the Hudson Valley,” said Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney. “I fought for this program in the Farm Bill because I know how important our farmers markets are to folks — especially now as the pandemic limits food options. I’m proud to see this investment in the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum's exciting new plans.” 

The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum is the first children’s museum in the entire nation to launch a farmers’ market. The Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market opened in 2017 as a response to food insecurity in the Hudson Valley, and participates in SNAP programs and Farmers Market Nutrition Programs for children and families in need. This project will help the market expand to a year-round operation, and will help the market construct an enclosed space for the winter months.

“This planning grant will help us invest in new opportunities here at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, allowing us to expand upon our educational mission and to ultimately connect more kids and families with the nutritious food they need. At a time that our main museum must remain closed because of the pandemic, this grant makes it possible for us to build momentum on this important work,” said Lara Litchfield-Kimber, Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum.

 “Since its inception in 2017, the Poughkeepsie Waterfront Market has proven a huge success, bringing farm fresh produce to city families and visitors alike. This year the seasonal market has been able to continue despite the pandemic, instituting new safety rules and taking advantage of the spacious Pavilion from which it operates. We thank Congressman Maloney for securing this grant – and we are grateful the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum started this market and continues to do an outstanding job operating it,” said Mayor Rob Rolison, City of Poughkeepsie.

The Farmers Market Promotion Program (FMPP) funds projects that develop and expand direct farmer-to-consumer markets, increasing access to fresh, locally grown food and agriculture projects. These grants help construct new food market and food stand developments, expand and provide market outreach, and train and provide technical assistance for farmers and sellers. The grant program falls under the USDA’s Local Agriculture Market Program (LAMP) and is authorized through Congress’ Farm Bill, which Rep. Maloney championed in 2018.

Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney is a member of the House of Representatives’ Committee on Agriculture, as well as the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.