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Donation Total: $500.00

Building A Brighter Future, One Meal At A Time

 From Humble Beginnings to Overflowing Hearts

Hearts for the Homeless® has nourished more than just stomachs. We've nurtured hope, fueled dreams, and helped to build a community where kindness isn't just served, it's celebrated.

For close to 25 years, the commercial kitchen at Hearts has largely remained unchanged and has been preparing meals to serve those in need year after year. In turn, impacting the lives of tens of thousands of our brothers and sisters.

Originally designed specifically for the Hearts Mobile Soup Kitchen, the kitchen has become stretched to capacity and to its capabilities. As Staff and volunteers prepare meals using donated produce and other items, the kitchen's limitations are becoming evident. For years, our Mobile Soup Kitchen has been a beacon of warmth and sustenance for countless individuals struggling with homelessness and making ends meet. But its heart, the bustling commercial kitchen, now faces its own challenge – keeping up with the ever-growing demand.

This renovation has the potential to double our meal services for Code Blue to include their day-time warming center and provide emergency meal services which can equate to 32,000 meals. Click here to learn more about the future impact.

We are stepping out in faith to take on a significant kitchen renovation project that will benefit the ministry and community long into the future.

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Visualize a kitchen pushed to its limits, crafting thousands of meals weekly. Outdated equipment, an inefficient layout, and weary walls hinder our heartfelt efforts. 

We're poised for a transformative leap – a kitchen renovation to magnify our impact and continue to nourish the community through dignified service.

Building a Brighter Future:

Amplifying impact: Modern equipment will mean more meals, cooked faster and healthier, reaching thousands more each month.

Dignity in every dish: A spacious, hygienic kitchen fosters an environment where volunteers and staff can work with pride and ease, preparing food that nourishes both body and soul.

Sustainability for tomorrow: Energy-efficient upgrades and improved plumbing will not only reduce our carbon footprint but also ensure long-term viability.

Where Your Donation Goes

We need your help to turn this dream into reality. Every donation, big or small, brings us closer to meeting our ambitious fundraising goal.

Join us on this journey. Donate today and be a part of building a future where hunger is replaced with hope, one meal at a time.

To make a donation to the overall kitchen, click here.


Choose to donate towards a specific piece of equipment to further our efforts in renovating the Hearts kitchen.


A commercial grade dishwasher will help us eliminate one of the most expensive monthly purchases of disposable aluminum meal trays that are used in our meal outreach programs.



A produce sink would allow us to adhere to the New York State Environmental Standards and allow us to ensure food safety for our staff and clients.



The pasta cooker will be able to boil twice as much pasta in a shorter amount of time while saving stove space and commercial pots and pans to cook the rest of the meal at the same time.


The 1/1,000 Challenge - Become a 1/1,000 hero!

A donation of $10,000 has been made to Hearts to go towards the kitchen renovation.

The anonymous donor has proposed a challenge:

"Might you consider giving 1/1,000 of $10,000, which is $10 towards the kitchen renovation?"

Want to donate more than $10 and still be apart of the challenge?

1/100 of $10,000 = $100 donation

1/10 of $10,000 = $1,000 donation

Let's fill not just plates, but hearts, with the power of community. Spread the word, share this story, and help us build a kitchen that reflects the boundless generosity of your heart. Together, we can nourish, empower, and transform lives.

Thank you for being a part of the Hearts for the Homeless® family.

The Impact of Hearts' Commercial Kitchen

Now, more than ever, our community needs our help. In 2023, homelessness was up by 35 percent in Erie County — the largest single increase in over a decade. The number of people being served through the Commercial Kitchen has increased significantly. In 2018, Hearts for the Homeless® served 5,138 homeless men, women and children. In 2023, we served 35,738 people through our Mobile Soup Kitchen and homeless shelter partnerships.

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Showing Support And Respect Through A Sandwich

Little Portion Friary is supported with 40 sandwiches every week by Hearts for the Homeless®. Many people staying at the shelter do work. So oftentimes, they will use the sandwich as their lunch during work. Some men and woman not staying at the shelter will knock on the door asking for food and are given a sandwich.

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Shawna's Story

While homeless for three years, seeking food and clothing, Shawna started visiting the Mobile Soup Kitchen regularly. "It was the only place where I truly felt like people cared about me and were concerned about me", said Shawna. "I would come day after day for a meal and prayer."


Compassion For Feeding Those In Need

During the January 2024 blizzard, the Buffalo Fire Department provided a Hearts staff member transportation so food could be provided to Code Blue's warming shelter. Hearts for the Homeless® provided 4,350 meals directly to the shelters during the month of January.

Future Impact

Over the years, Hearts has not only become a friend to those in need who benefit from our meal services, we have also formed strong partnerships with agencies and non profits that are doing life-changing work in our region. From homeless shelters and emergency community shelters to those who care for domestic violence survivors and children, the meals that are made in our kitchen reach far beyond our sphere our influence.

As we continue to grow and continue to see the current kitchen stretch past its capacity and limits, we are facing a limit on how much more we can grow. With your partnership to help us bring this kitchen renovation into the construction phase, you're not only putting your "yes" behind all the meals we've served in the past, but you're putting your "yes" to all the meals we can prepare in the future. We can continue to increase our offerings with our existing partners and step forward with new partnerships as well.

We are excited to step forward with you on this journey. When we unlock the doors of this new kitchen, we're unlocking a new level of potential for changing lives; one meal at a time.

Commercial Kitchen Sponsors Levels (1)

If you or your organization are interested in becoming a sponsor, contact us at


Hearts for the Homeless is honored to have so much support from the community.

Platinum Sponsor

Hearts is incredibly thankful to have Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund, Inc. as a sponsor for the Commercial Kitchen! Odd Fellow & Rebekah Benefit Fund, Inc. supports individuals and programs committed to the enhancement of community. That is evident by their generous donation of $36,278 to help with this renovation.

Hearts is excited to announce our second Platinum Sponsor. We are incredibly thankful to The Soviero Foundation for their generous donation of $40,000 to help with this renovation. 

Gold Sponsor

Our first Gold Sponsor is Jenna Goldsmith for generously donating $20,000.

Silver Sponsor

One sponsor has given a generous donation of $10,000 and wishes to remain anonymous.

Bronze Sponsors

The amount of $6,000 has been donated by National Fuel Gas Company Charitable Foundation.


Evans-Devereux Memorial Fund has become a sponsor by donating $5,000!


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Frank's Basement Systems has become our third bronze sponsor by donating $5,000.

One sponsor has given a generous donation of $5,000 and wishes to remain anonymous.