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Turkey Express

Volunteer Opportunities

About Turkey Express

For over 20 years, Turkey Express has been serving those in need in WNY by providing home-cooked Thanksgiving meals. In correlation with Meals on Wheels of WNY, the Buffalo City Mission is able to deliver over 5,500 meals each Thanksgiving to individuals who either cannot make meals for themselves, or do not have the funds to do so. Here at the Mission, it is our goal to show the love of Jesus Christ to the homeless and hurting in Western New York, and we take part in doing so to those outside of our facility during our Turkey Express event.

Looking for a way that you can give back this Thanksgiving holiday? Take time to review the below volunteer opportunities that you and your loved ones can experience this season. Call us today at (716) 854-8181 x419 as opportunities fill up quickly for this event.


Telephone Receptionists

This volunteer opportunity is for individuals who would like to help schedule incoming call requests for the delivery of meals to those in need in the community.

Receptionists are needed during the weeks of November 7th and 14th between the hours of 9:30AM and 3:30PM.


Delivery Teams

This volunteer opportunity is for individuals or groups who would like to help deliver meals to the community on Thanksgiving Day. Every 15 minutes between the hours of 8AM and 12PM, teams will be deployed, delivering a total of 5,500 meals. Bring a friend and/or family member and join us in this time of giving.


Kitchen Prep

On November 21st, 22nd, and 23rd, Kitchen Prep volunteers are needed to help prepare food for our assembly and delivery teams to bring Thanksgiving meals to those in need in our community on Thanksgiving day. 


Meal Assembly Teams

Volunteers are needed on the morning of Thanksgiving day from 7:30AM to 10:30AM to help assemble takeout trays and bags for the delivery teams during Turkey Express. This will consist of plating and assembling prepared, portioned food and preparing bags with the necessary materials required to help deliver a full Thanksgiving meal to someone in need.

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Bring joy to our community by helping to decorate the 600 bags that will be needed this Thanksgiving for Turkey Express. If you enjoy coloring, this is just for you! What a simple but great way to impact someone’s life this Thanksgiving season!

Please contact the Volunteer Department
for the above volunteer positions and needs at 854-8181 x404, x419 and x408.


Be sure to check out our Volunteer page
for yearly individual and group
volunteer opportunities!

Thank you and God Bless!

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