Emergency Family Assistance at Buffalo Area Services

Aug 10, 2022

The Emergency Family Assistance program at The Salvation Army Buffalo serves as a central intake for thousands of clients every year. This program’s primary focus is to provide food to hungry families and individuals. With the help of our friends at Wegmans, we are able to provide nutritious meals to our neighbors in need. At Buffalo Area Services, our Client Choice Food Pantry allows individuals to select their own food instead of receiving a pre-packed bag of groceries. This type of food pantry ensures that individuals and families take home food that they can eat and enjoy.


“We received a call from a young man in May stating that he was hungry and needed food. Our Emergency Family Assistance (EFA) receptionist took down his family’s information and realized that this young man lived with his younger brother and grandfather. They did not have transportation and were afraid to go out and shop due to the horrific incident that occurred in the Buffalo community earlier that month. After explaining that he and his family were vegan (does not consume any products that come from animals), he gave the receptionist a list of food items they could eat.

Our team in EFA packed bags of food for the family and stopped at a store to pick up a watermelon and a case of bottled water before dropping off the food to his house. Our EFA Director also provided a list of different resources this family could use when they are in need.”

The Client Choice Food Pantry at Buffalo Area Services (960 Main Street, Buffalo 14202) is open to the public Monday, Wednesday, and Friday between 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. Face masks, social distancing and capacity limits are in place for our food pantry, so please expect some wait time.

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