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June 2022 Newsletter

On Our Hearts: To serve is to care for more than just ourselves. Philippians 2 ESV

Years ago, God opened a door for Hearts to serve more of the homeless community through a partnership with other agencies during the seasonal Code Blue initiative that works to get individuals off the streets and into shelters. Two years ago, COVID caused this program to evolve and now two shelters in Buffalo have remained open 7 days a week as opposed to only being open on the coldest of Buffalo days. Hearts went from serving hot food and sandwiches to the shelters a few days a month during only the harshest months to every day. As you can see, years ago the connection was made and support was given, but today our impact is even greater. Through your prayers and donations, the continuation of this partnership is made possible and we are able to serve both those on the streets and those seeking shelter. Members of our community, our brothers and sisters, don’t have to choose between waiting in line for shelter or receiving dinner from Hearts Mobile Soup Kitchen. We want to share with you that the food is not just nourishing people physically but giving people hope. “…Especially those that walk in the door off of the street that don’t have anything at all. They come here and they need clothes and something to eat; they are especially appreciative.” – Anonymous Shelter Team Member

Admittedly, it is harder to develop personal relationships and minister to those in the shelters with this type of partnership but the food is made with love and it reminds us that sometimes we are serving on the front lines and sometimes we serve behind the scenes but the world needs all forms of service to others. Thank you for how you serve Hearts, it makes a difference. 

“Serving the homeless isn’t exclusive for those sleeping outdoors and living on the street, we are committed toward assisting those in need every step of the way on their journey [to] get back on their feet.” – Skylar Shurr, Outreach Program Manager at Hearts 

Beds setup in shelter

We are so excited to see what the future holds and are grateful for your partnership. 

Hearts collaborates with the WNY Peace Center at Jefferson & Clinton in Buffalo

People getting care packages at the Hearts mobile van

Hearts participated in a community event at Jefferson and Clinton on May 26th in response to the East Side tragedy at Tops Market. The event was an effort to pour love and support on our neighbors. Hearts was able to distribute meals, clothing and care packages filled with necessities while other agencies offered support services. 

“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.” ~ John 13:34 

People getting care packages at the Hearts mobile van

Life Church Buffalo Volunteers

Life Church Buffalo volunteers in front of truck

Our new friends from Life Church Buffalo came to volunteer at our warehouse! We love being a relationship-focused ministry where we get the opportunity to meet and serve alongside great individuals, families, businesses, and churches from around the area. What a privilege it is to serve the community together!


Come Shop at 890 Tonawanda St.
Mon – Sat 10am – 5pm
Profits help us to help the homeless!
Come in and see the changes! 

Interior pictures of clothes on racks
6 volunteers from Tapestry Charter School
Thank you to the representatives from Tapestry Charter School who spent the day with Hearts in May! This team of volunteers made over 200 gift bags for those in need and served in the Food Pantry as Shopping Assistants!

From Hearts Kitchen

“Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter.” ~Isaiah 58:7

MAY 2022

Total Clients Served at Library – 570  
Male – 472
Female – 98
Seniors – 7
Children – 7
Hot Meals Made for Homeless Shelters – 3,200
Meal Bags Made for Buffalo Dream Center Outreach – 400

Talk From The Street & Heart

“It feels personal, like I’ve been invited over for dinner, home cooked meals
are special to me.” – Anonymous Client

“I go through socks like crazy and they always have a fresh pair for me
every time.” – Anonymous Client

People in line receiving food from Heart


ELBOWS, SHELLS, ZITI (for pasta salads)

We cannot accept expired food or opened containers!

Food Pantry Express Refrigeration Campaign

Hearts Harvest Food Pantry

Interior photos of Hearts Harvest Food Pantry

Hearts Harvest Food Pantry serves the 14207 area. Our pantry staff and volunteers welcome those in the community who need the help from a food pantry to feed their families, Monday 12pm to 4pm and Fridays 10am to 2pm at Hearts at 870 Tonawanda St. Riverside.

Through relationships, the ministry’s staff and volunteers are able to make personal connections with our neighbors. The pantry is a living example of God’s love for His people and hundreds of individuals and families are visiting this program each month.

In May, Hearts Harvest Food Pantry Served 12,807 Meals

Hearts Mobile Food Pantry

Care packages on outside tables under tents
In May we moved back outside. It was the busiest month this year. God provided provisions for over 100 households. Hearts Mobile Food Pantry is held every 4th Wednesday of the month at Hearts Outreach Center at 890 Tonawanda St., Riverside, from 1pm to 3pm (sign-in at 12:30pm). Families in our community can come as often as we have them as a supplement to our onsite food pantry.
In May, Hearts Mobile Food Pantry Served 281 Individuals

Click this video to walk through how we set up Hearts Mobile Food Pantry every 4th Wednesday of the month! We are so thankful to have great weather to hold the event outside!

Clothing Donations

We are so grateful for all of your donations. We also have a bin onsite at our outreach center at 890 Tonawanda Street; you can find the bins located in your area by going to our website at, click on Bin Finder, put in your zip code and those in your area will appear.

Clothing donation bin box
The Cycle of Clothing Donations infographic
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