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For Immediate Release:  February 26, 2019

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

Rich Family Foundation Announces $150,000 Commitment to Buffalo City Mission

Donation will help fund the Rich Family Kitchen of Hospitality, within construction of One-Stop Community Center

Scheduled to open in 2020, the $15 million Center will provide community and preventative services,
emergency shelter, transitional housing and recuperative care for the homeless

BUFFALO, NEW YORK – Today, the Rich Family Foundation, a philanthropic arm of Rich Products, announced a $150,000 commitment to support construction for a new kitchen in the Buffalo City Mission Community Center at 100 E. Tupper Street, scheduled to open in 2020. The kitchen will be named the Rich Family Kitchen of Hospitality.

“On behalf of the Buffalo City Mission, we are truly indebted to the Rich Family Foundation for this generous gift,” said Stuart Harper, CEO and Executive Director of the Buffalo City Mission. “Our communal dining facility has always served as a special place of community where people break bread together in the spirit of healing. The Rich Family Kitchen of Hospitality represents a continuation of providing this special environment for every individual we serve.”

“The Rich Family Foundation is proud to support the City Mission’s important service for our community’s poor and homeless,” said Howard Rich, Vice President of Corporate Relations at Rich Products. “We share their commitment to lifting up the lives of individuals through hospitality, health, food and fellowship. Today’s donation is our way of helping the City Mission advance its work to better our community.”

The announcement was part of a ceremonial press event and check presentation held today at the Buffalo City Mission.

“Today’s gift is an amazing example of how we can transform lives through the power of hospitality and food,” said Aubrey Calhoun, Associate Executive Director of the Buffalo City Mission. “The Rich Family Foundation’s work in this community is a testament to how a vision to serve others can put individuals on paths to future success. Our values could not be more
aligned, and we look forward to working with their organization for years to come.

The commitment marks the second announced donation this month for the new Community Center, following a $100,000 grant from the Kaleida Health Foundation on February 14.

Recently named the Alfiero Family Center of Hope and Promise, the 75,000 square foot flagship facility will provide preventative services on the front end to decrease the percentage of homelessness year-over-year for those who are on the brink of homelessness. It will also deliver more complete care to individuals who already experience homelessness. Notable features will include space for social service agencies, case management, mental health services, medical care, job training, basic family services, legal services, food, clothing and more.

The current Buffalo City Mission will remain open throughout the construction process.

The building is part of the City Mission’s vision moving into the next century to provide services that help prevent and decrease homelessness in the community. Today, approximately $12.3 million of a target $15 million has been committed or is in process – all through the City Mission’s Next Century Capital Campaign.

The Next Century Capital Campaign now is $2.7 million from its goal. To learn more about the campaign and how to donate, 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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Rich’s, also known as Rich Products Corporation, is a family-owned food company dedicated to inspiring possibilities. From cakes and icings to pizza, appetizers and specialty toppings, our products are used in homes, restaurants and bakeries around the world. Beyond great food, our customers also gain insights to help them stay competitive, no matter their size. Our portfolio includes creative solutions geared at helping food industry professionals compete in foodservice, retail, in-store bakery, deli, and prepared foods, among others. Working in 100 locations globally, with annual sales exceeding $3.8 billion, Rich’s is a global leader with a focus on everything that family makes possible. Rich’s®—Infinite Possibilities. One Family. Learn more at or join the conversation on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn and Twitter.

Press Release Archive

2/26/2019 – Rich Family Foundation Announcement
2/14/2019 – Kaleida Health Foundation Announcement
1/17/2019 – BCM Raises $2.43 Million, Expresses Gratitude
1/31/2019 – Alfiero Family Foundation Announces $1 Million Commitment
10/25/2018 – Salvatore Foundation Announces $200,000 Commitment
10/04/2018 – BCM – Mission Possible Kickoff and Fall Campaign 2018
09/19/2018 – BCM – Groundbreaking Ceremony
05/08/2018 – Mission Possible Food Drive Challenge raises 32,220 canned goods for the poor and hungry in Western New York
05/01/2018 – Buffalo City Mission Recaps Next Century Gala: Launches Public Phase of Next Century Capital Campaign
03/27/2018 – Buffalo City Mission Plants Seeds of Hope to the Impoverished in Buffalo With a Successful Easter Celebration
03/08/2018 – GEICO Builds 5,500 CanStruction for the Hungry through the Mission Possible Food Drive Challenge
02/06/2018 – $3.26 Million Federal Home Loan Bank of New York Grant Sponsored by M&T Bank
01/18/2018 – Mission Thanks the Community: Announces Meeting 2017 Fall Campaign Goal
10/24/2017 – M&T Bank Awards $200,000 Grant Toward Mission’s Next Century Capital Campaign
10/11/2017 – Mission Accepts $300,000 Grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation for Next Century Capital Campaign
10/03/2017 – Mission launched its Mission Possible Program with a focus on STEM education
09/20/2017 – Mission Celebrates 100th Year Centennial and Launches 2017 Annual Fall Campaign
05/09/2017 – Mission Possible Food Drive School Challenge – Winners and Totals
03/24/2017 – Thrift Store Makeover – Valu Home Centers and Pratt&Lambert
11/01/2016 – Turkey Drive to Provide Thanksgiving For Those In Need
10/11/2016 – One Mission, One Hope Fall Campaign
09/29/2016 – Mission Possible: Food Drive School Challenge
08/13/2016 – 10th Annual Ride for the Homeless
07/14/2016 – John R. Oishei Foundation Grant
05/23/2016 – Dollar General Grant
01/22/2016 – 2015 Fall Campaign Summary

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