Meet Thaint!

Hello everyone! My name is Thaint and I am finally a senior at Hutch Tech! I have been working at MAP since my freshman year and it has greatly shaped me into the person that I am today. I want  to pursue a career in business and nutrition and MAP has motivated me in a big way. From freshman year, I became an ambitious hardworking and understanding person. I want to help communities all over the worlds pertaining to health and self care. From growing up, I didn't know the community I was living in had so many issues until I worked at MAP and I became a person that understood more. I also mentally and physically became a healthy person, learning about and eating healthy foods. My favorite veggies are tomatoes, cucumber, red onions, and carrots. The crop I like to plant is garlic since it's so fascinating using the clove itself as a seed. Although I like growing and planting garlic, my favorite activity is counting  inventory on the Mobile Market. I also like setting up the table to get ready for market and sales and that is where my business management pursuit comes from. For the nutrition side, cooking with Bethany got me interested in nutrition and the benefits of eating a nice hearty meal. With the knowledge of business and nutrition, I want to create a career out of it and help the community back.

1-Pot Golden Curry Lentil Soup


1/4 CUP water 
1/4 CUP thinly sliced shallot or onion
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 TBSP ginger, minced
1 small serrano or hot pepper, 
seeds removed, minced
2 CUPS thinly sliced carrots 
1 pinch sea salt
3 CUPS vegetable broth 
3/4 CUP light coconut milk
1 CUP uncooked rinsed lentils 
2 TBSP coconut aminos
1 Tbsp curry powder


1. Heat a large pot over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, onion, garlic, carrots, and celery. Add 1/2 tsp each sea salt and black pepper and stir to coat. Sauté for about 5 minutes or until softened and slightly browned, stirring frequently.
1. Heat a large rimmed skillet or pot over medium heat. Once hot, add water and shallot. Sauté for 3 minutes, stirring frequently, until softened and slightly browned.

2. Add garlic, ginger, and serrano pepper and sauté for another 2-3 minutes. Then add carrots and a pinch of salt and stir. Cook for 1-2 minutes more, stirring occasionally.

3. Add vegetable broth and coconut milk and increase heat to medium high. Bring to a low boil. Then add lentils and stir. Once the mixture comes back to a low bubble, reduce heat to low or until you achieve a gentle simmer.

4. Add coconut aminos and curry powder and stir once more. Simmer the soup uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 12-16 minutes or until the carrots and lentils are tender. If the mixture becomes too thick, you can add more coconut milk or vegetable broth as needed. Taste and adjust flavor as needed.

5. Divide between serving bowls and garnish with fresh cilantro and lemon juice or a little fresh coconut milk or cream (optional). Store cooled leftovers in the refrigerator up to 5 days or in the freezer up to 1 month. Reheat on the stovetop until hot, adding more vegetable broth to thin as needed.


Use our 1-Pot Vegetable Broth recipe as the base to this soup recipe!

Recipe adapted from: 


This recipe is brought to you by Massachusetts Avenue Project! Find MAP’s Mobile Market to purchase items on your ingredient list by visiting www.mass-ave.org or follow @massaveproject and #foodthatmoves on your favorite social media site.

Meet Myo!

I am Myo. I came from Thailand to America to have a better chance at life. Back in Thailand, my mom had it hard. My dad was a successful man, hardworking too, and he loved me. That was my view of him as a kid. In reality, he would drink and every time he did that he would argue with my mom and beat her from time to time. I was four when I first saw how my dad beat my mom. I could never look at my dad the same way again. A few years later, at the age of seven, my dad left my mom from another woman he was cheating with. He was dead to us so we took refuge in a camp to come to America for a better life. What I've been through became one of my inspirations. I keep reminding myself to never be like my dad, to not ever lay a hand on a woman, and to not ever cheat.

I am attending Hutch Tech and I am a senior. I want to major in criminal justice so that I am able to become a police officer and arrest people who are abusive and especially those who beat on women and children so that other kids don't go through the same thing.

I have been working for MAP since the summer of 2017. MAP was my first job and I am still working here now because the employers and the other youth are good people who all come from different backgrounds. Some are similar like me. It's a nice place to work and I still have enough time to do my school work after I get home from work. It is a good environment for me and is like family. It reminds me of Thailand because we farm a lot back in Thailand.

Meet Dakota!

Hello! My name is Dakota. I am 16 and I go to Kenmore West High School. To be honest, I don't have a favorite subject because it's just very hard to pick only one. I am an 02' liner and English is my first language, but I am currently studying French and Korean. I have lived in Buffalo my whole life, but when I get older, I would really love to travel and learn about different cultures. I personally love singing. Singing has always been my passion and I sing in different languages including Korean, Japanese, English, and many more. Where I work supports me and what I like. I have been working here for 3 1/2 years and I really love it here. I don't think I have a least favorite part of the job at all. Challenges I face between school and work is sometimes driving because work is so far from my home.
I have always wanted to be a singer. I think if I could practice and focus hard enough on my singing skills, I could definitely do it. There is this singing app I have on my phone where I can sing a song and other people from around the world cab join me. Every day IU get comments on my singing saying, "your voice is really beautiful," and "wow, I absolutely love your voice," and they always lift me up and boost my confidence up more.
I have another thing I would like to share. I am obsessed and I love K-Pop very much. I got into K-Pop when I recorded this one show [on tv]. I thought it was for American music but it turned out to be K-Pop instead. After that, I really loved K-Pop a lot. I still love K-Pop with all of my heart. I have so many favorite groups that it would take forever to name them all out.
I am confident to share this with others because my mom always inspires me as she does what she thinks is right. She has always told me to follow my heart and choose to do what you love the most. It makes me so happy to know I have the one who has always been there for me and never judged my on my side and she will be on my side even when things are hard and when we are going through rough times. I love my mom so much and I don't know what I would do without her.
Another inspiration I have is myself. I think whenever someone tries to bring me down I would always push their thoughts out of my head and fill my head with positive thoughts. Everything I do is hard but as time goes by and when I try harder, *I will get the hang of it and everything will go smoothly.