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May 2020 Newsletter

Finding Hope During COVID-19

finding hope during COVID-19
We had certainly hoped the Coronavirus would have faded away by now. But, as we all listen to the news and the medical experts we learn that we are months away from its departure. Whoever would have thought social distancing would become a household word and donning a mask would be included in our daily routine. We all wait together for the green light to take our next steps to open our community.
woman in a doorway reaching for cart with groceries
Hearts Harvest Food Pantry distributes groceries

We asked
Until then, all of us at Hearts want to do whatever we can to help the people in the community cope with their current situations and give hope to those who are struggling through. We want to be able to provide any additional programs and outreach wherever we can. So, we had to seek assistance in order to keep moving forward and know we could financially continue to provide our current services and the new ones we wanted to add on.

Community members picking up packages of fresh produce at the Hearts outdoor pantry
Hearts Mobile Food Pantry distributes fresh produce

You Provided
We want to thank those of you who have provided financial assistance during this pandemic as well as the tangible items we received. It truly takes a partnership to meet the community’s needs now more than ever. And, you made a way for us to do just that. We can tell you honestly that the people we serve are grateful for your support.

community members awaiting the arrival of mobile pantry
Community awaits Hearts Mobile Food Pantry arrival

We accomplished
With what we have been given, we are able to continue our current programs and we did add several new ones (listed below) created especially for those who have been hit hard by COVID-19. We also could not accomplish all of these programs without the help of the many volunteers who are committed to assisting us during this pandemic. Hearts is committed to helping the community throughout the pandemic and beyond.

Mobile food pantry cooperating with FeedMore with both trucks in the Hearts parking lot
FeedMore WNY partnership with Hearts Harvest Food Pantry makes the mobile food pantry distribution possible
  • Our Hearts Harvest Food Pantry added zip codes outside our area to receive groceries.
Groceries sitting on a table during preparation for distribution
Hearts Harvest Food Pantry prepares grocery bags for distribution
  • We added another day each month to hold an offsite Mobile Food Pantry distribution sponsored by FeedMore WNY.
Hearts volunteers distributing groceries in the parking lot
Hearts Harvest Mobile Food Pantry distribution
  • Hearts opened up our parking lot for the Buffalo Dream Center to add another distribution site to their monthly mobile food distributions. Hearts staff and volunteers helped with the distribution.
BDC volunteers distributing food in the Hearts parking lot
Hearts lends parking lot for BDC outreach
  • Holy Cross Meal Distribution – Hearts is delivering a dinner meal to the homeless being housed at this location 7 nights a week – 5 nights we make and deliver dinner and 2 nights we provide for a pizza delivery.
Woman and little girl hand out sandwiches to the homeless
100 sandwiches provided for BDC Sunday outreach
  • We are providing 100 sandwiches every Sunday to the Buffalo Dream Center’s sandwich outreach in partnership with Will Marcy and Kenmore Alliance Church Shelterless Ministry.
volunteer in green vest distributing drinks
Drop off at ECC Flickinger Center, reaching 100+ homeless people
  • Hearts dropped off 3 pallets of drinks, a pallet of several cases of Tostitos chips, brand new fleece jackets and Bombas socks to the Restoration Society at ECC Flickinger Center who are housing 100+ homeless people during COVID-19.
  • We loaned our box trucks and drivers to FeedMore WNY to bring food to their Mount Olive Mobile Pantry distribution. Our staff helped with the distribution and made several trips to carry the food there. They served and helped a very large crowd.
tables set up outside with groceries
Community line at Hearts Mobile Food Pantry

Talk From the Street and Heart

Hearts added stops to our regular meal distribution at the Downtown Library in order to reach our homeless clients being housed at the ECC Burt Flickinger Center and Holy Cross buildings downtown.
Lives touched by mobile soup kitchen. April 2020. Total clients served - 754
In April, Hearts Harvest Food Pantry Served 15,615 meals
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