On Saturday, May 14, 2022, ten innocent lives were taken and three people injured in a senseless act of violence. What should have been a beautiful weekend afternoon, has now become a time of tragedy in the wake of a mass shooting. As Western New York mourns for the lives lost, we stand in solidarity with the victims’ families to show that hate and racism have no place in our community.

How to Support with FeedMore WNY

For many families who reside in this area, the Jefferson Avenue Tops Friendly Markets was their primary resource for food and other necessities. And for those with no means of transportation, it was their only resource. In an effort to support our community, especially those who have been affected by this tragedy, Catholic Health is partnering with FeedMore WNY to collect the following items:

Fruits & Vegetables:

100% Fruit Juice
Canned Fruit (no sugar added, packed in 100% juice, extra light syrup)
Canned Vegetables (low or no salt added)
Dried Fruit (no sugar added)
Unsweetened apple sauce

Milk & Milk Substitutes:

Low (fat shelf stable, powdered or evaporated milk)
Nut Milks (unflavored)
Soy Milk (unflavored)

Other:

Canned pasta/tomato sauce or other tomato products (no salt added)
Cooking oils (olive, canola, avocado, safflower, grapeseed)
Salsa
Salt-free seasonings and spices

High Protein Foods:

Canned beans (low sodium)
Canned/shelf-stable meat, poultry, fish (low sodium, packed in water)
Dried beans and peas
Nut Butters (no salt added)
Nuts and seeds (no added salt, sugar or oil)

Whole Grains:

Brown, white or wild rice
Cold Cereal (low sugar, high fiber cereal)
Hot Cereal (no sugar added: oatmeal, cream of wheat, grits)
Quinoa, barley, whole wheat couscous
Toasted oats, bran flakes, shredded wheat
Whole wheat pasta

Non-food Items:

Diapers
Personal hygiene products
Toilet paper

All donations must be new, in its original packaging, unopened and with an expiration date at least 6 months out.

From now until June 17, donation drop-offs can be made at the following locations:

Catholic Health
144 Genesee Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Monday-Saturday 6am-7pm

FeedMore WNY Warehouse
91 Holt Street
Buffalo, NY 14206
716-822-2002
Monday-Friday 8am-4pm; Saturday 8am-Noon

More Ways to Donate

In addition to FeedMore WNY, Rooted in Love is also collecting donations. Rooted in Love is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization providing fresh produce, non-perishable food items and hygiene products to the homeless, impoverished, and those who are simply in need. Founded by Tesha Parker, to honor the memory of her late grandmother Louise Fitzgerald, Rooted in Love is located on Riley Street off Jefferson Avenue and serves the nearby community.

Learn more about Rooted in Love: https://rootedinloveinc.com/about/

We are a strong and resilient community. In the spirit of giving during this difficult time, please consider making a food item or monetary donation to the families affected by this tragedy. Let’s rally together to show racism and hate they have no place in the City of Good Neighbors.