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For Immediate Release:  March 17, 2020

Media Contact: Jon Tashjian | (716) 775-7930 | [email protected]

Buffalo City Mission Announces Changes to Community Partner Activity and Community Meal Service

Actions are in response to ongoing developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19)


BUFFALO, NEW YORK — Today, the Buffalo City Mission announced updates to community partner activity and community meal services – all in response to ongoing developments with the coronavirus (COVID-19).

Starting this week, and some with immediate effect, all steps have been taken to protect the health and safety of City Mission residents, employees, volunteers and community partners.

Updates include:

Community Partner Changes (Effective immediately):

  • All Individual and Group Volunteers: Cancelled until further notice.
  • All Volunteer Orientations Weekly: Cancelled until further notice.
  • All Community Drives for Donations: Cancelled until further notice.
  • All Non-Monetary Community Pick Ups: Cancelled through the end of March.
  • Community Referral Program: Cancelled through the end of March.
  • All Non-Monetary Donation Drop-Offs: Cancelled through the end of March. This includes the Thrift Store (Depew), Men’s Center and Cornerstone Manor.

Community Meal Updates (Effective on Wednesday, March 18):

  • Community Meal Service Program: Transition to a “bag meal” platform.
    Location: Men’s Center (100 E. Tupper Street, Buffalo, NY 14203)
    Clients will receive a bag meal for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Pick-up location will be at the receiving door of the Men’s Center Ellicott Street entrance. Times include:
    • Breakfast: 8:00 to 8:30AM
    • Lunch: 11:30 to 12:00PM
    • Dinner: 4:30 to 5:00PM

“As we continue to monitor the developments of COVID-19, health and safety remain our top priority,” said Stuart Harper, CEO and Executive Director of the Buffalo City Mission. “Every measure we take closely follows the guidance of the CDC, as well as state and local officials. As we move forward, we are committed to taking all actions necessary to protect and best serve our clients and community.”

The Buffalo City Mission has established a landing page to provide updates related to its work and COVID-19, as they are available. To learn more, visit

About the Buffalo City Mission:

The Buffalo City Mission, founded in 1917, is a nonprofit organization providing preventative, emergency, and transitional housing programs to thousands of people who are homeless and impoverished every year. The Mission includes a Women and Children’s Shelter (Cornerstone Manor), the Men’s Community Center, and the Dick Road thrift store to serve the Western New York community. For more information, please visit or call (716) 854-8181.

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