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December 2023 Newsletter

A Hot Meal And Warm Bed, A Life Saving Initiative For The Unhoused

Hearts for the Homeless® is part of the Buffalo Code Blue Collaborative where we work together with other ministries and nonprofits to provide evening meals for those who seek shelter during the cold winter nights. Over the last few years our partnership has grown from providing a limited number of meals to providing meals every Code Blue night and your partnership with Hearts helps make this possible. Our goal is to make sure that the homeless community and those in need who seek shelter during the freezing temperatures have a hot meal.

Code Blue is a lifesaving operation that provides shelter, food and supportive services to approximately 100-150 individuals living on the streets of Buffalo each night that the wind chill temperatures reach 32 degrees or below. Code Blue is the City of Buffalo’s emergency weather safety plan that provides outreach, transportation, shelter and a warm meal to Buffalo’s homeless population on evenings when the wind chill falls to 32 degrees or below from November 15 to March 15. This year’s Code Blue Shelters are located at: Restoration Society (RSI), 586 Genesee Street, Buffalo 14204 and soon, a new location at Salvation Army, 950 Main Street, Buffalo 14202. On a daily basis Code Blue is determined based on the National Weather Service forecast for Buffalo and is communicated by 211 of Western New York through a text message system. Code Blue is meant to serve homeless individuals and anyone in need. By providing Code Blue shelters in our community, we hope to eliminate weather related deaths of individuals who are unhoused. During the 2022-2023 Code Blue season, 1,439 unique individuals were served who would have otherwise had no place to go. This year Hearts expects to serve thousands of meals and we need your help. Please consider ending your year with impact by donating to this life saving initiative. Please help Hearts provide an additional 100-150 meals a night for Code Blue.

2023 has been an exciting year here at Hearts and I want to personally thank you for your involvement and partnership. You are a blessing to His ministry and your prayers, volunteerism and donations truly makes a difference. Thank you!

From the launch of our latest outreach program, Hearts Food Pantry Express, that will reach even more people with the love of Christ to the opening of Hearts’ new thrift store which will help to resource the mission, there is so much to be thankful for.

Join me in reflecting on the meaning of the holiday season. I am reminded of this in Titus 3:4-6: “But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior.”

Wishing you and yours a very Merry Christmas and blessed New Year!

 With love and gratitude, 

Nick Calandra, President & CEO

Talk From The Street & Heart - Dec. (1)

Hearts Harvest Food Pantry

The food pantry offers a dignified program utilizing a “client choice” distribution method so individuals and families can choose the food that personally suits their needs.

In November, Hearts Harvest Food Pantry Served 24,426 Meals


Hearts Harvest Food Pantry serves the Riverside community Tuesdays 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM and Fridays 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM.

Hearts Food Pantry Express

The Hearts Food Pantry Express was able to provide support to two communities in addition to Riverside this Thanksgiving with frozen turkeys and meal sides to families in need. 

In November, Hearts Mobile Food Pantry Expresses Served 2,349 Meals


Hearts Food Pantry Express at Christ United Methodist Church serves Mondays 12:30pm – 4:30pm. Hearts Food Pantry Express at Buffalo First Church of the Nazarene serves Thursdays 11:00am – 3:00pm. 

Hearts is always in need of food and other items for the homeless community. Individuals or groups can collect items and drop them off at the Hearts Campus located at 890 Tonawanda St. Buffalo, NY 14207. Monday – Saturday 9:30am – 4:00pm. Any donation, big or small, makes a difference!