Allison DeHonney has 20 years of professional service in key areas of Executive leadership, Project Management and Business Development.
She has spearheaded four business endeavors; the latest of which is Urban Fruits & Veggies LLC. & Buffalo Go Green Inc. which is a non-profit organization. Urban Fruits & Veggies (UFV) has been in operation for four years and is involved in several projects throughout the city of Buffalo. UFV has an urban farm, mobile produce market that services food desert areas and underserved communities brining access to healthy fruits & vegetables and nutrition education, we sell at local farmers markets weekly from June to October, a corporate wellness division where we imbed our services into local companies and universities corporate wellness programs, programing for elementary and high school students where we teach nutrition education and farming. Contracts with the City of Buffalo Parks & Recreations Department
Prior to running these two entities Allison:
Worked as an Account Executive for three companies growing books of businesses, developing and maintaining client relations.
Opened and ran an Allstate Insurance Agency & a Collections & Finance Agency
Currently runs a Not-for-Profit agency and a for profit company
Allison holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and a Master’s degree in Business Management both from Medaille College. Currently a graduate candidate: Certified Plant Based Chef & Culinary Rx. from Rouxbe Cooking School March 2018.
-Bailey Green Project – Urban Fruits & Veggies is one of the stakeholders in the project that was entered into the 53rd Annual (International) “Making Cities More Livable Design Competition” held in Rome Italy on June 13, 2016 where we took 2nd place. The Bailey Green Project is a neighborhood revitalization project taking place on the east side of Buffalo, NY. Urban Fruits & Veggies will construct two hydroponic greenhouses along with a community garden, a fruit orchard and a wellness center/healthy café.
-Nutritional Education and Living Project (NEL) at the Matt Urban Hope Center sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of WNY. This is a collaborative project with two other entities. The focus of Urban Fruits & Veggies is nutrition education and gardening. The target audience…children under the age of 14.
-Mayor’s Fitness in the Park a collaboration with La Movement and Blue Cross & Blue Shield
Accomplishments over the past three years:
- Chosen to be a presenter at the 2016 Common Bound Annual Conference, the subject of my presentation was: URBAN GARDENS: GROWING HEALTH, WELLNESS AND JUSTICE IN DIVERSE COMMUNITIES
-Allison has brought the first Fruits & Vegetables Prescription Program (FVRx) to the Western NY area. The program is in partnership with the Community Health Center of Buffalo and Niagara Falls. State Assembly-woman Crystal-Peoples Stokes has introduced the program in the State Assembly in Albany, NY, Feb 9, 2016 & Senator Kennedy has introduced the program in the State Senate January 2017.
-Allison was nominated as one of WNY’s Woman to Watch in BlackWNY Magazine - March 2016
-Bailey Green Project – Took 2nd place at the 53rd Annual International Making Cities More Livable Design Competition in Rome Italy June 13, 2016
-City of Buffalo Common Council Minority Women Business Enterprise (MWBE) task force a member representing the business community since 2016 and continuing
-Buffalo Go Green the not-for-profit arm of the company that seeks to educate, train and get involved in programs that are friendly to the earth, humans and animals alike. Buffalo Go Green was the 1st place winner and the 2016 recipient of Buffalo New York’s Public benefit award. The award allowed the organization to open up the Main Amherst Fillmore Farmers Market. See article in the local paper “The Public” July 20, 2016. The market opened for the second-year June 10, 2017.
-43North Minority Business Competition – October 21, 2016 2nd place winner
-Northwest Bank first local winner of their community engagement program – August 2017
-Erie County Food Policy Council – became a council member January 2018
-University of Buffalo Champions’ for Change One Region Forward - Champion for the 2018 program year
-Elected to the University of Buffalo Center for Entrepreneurial Leaders Board – effective March 2018