DSC_0177Each year, more than 5,000 individuals turn to the Buffalo City Mission for something that many people take for granted—a hot, hearty Thanksgiving meal.

With a small kitchen and just a handful of ovens, preparing the 250 turkeys that are typically needed can be a challenge. And that’s why this year, the Buffalo City Mission is once again looking to its not-for-profit friends for assistance.

Meals on Wheels for WNY, with the help of its food vendor, recently cooked the hundreds of turkeys in just two days at its 24,000 square foot state-of-the-art commissary.

Then, on Tuesday, November 26, volunteers from the City Mission, Meals on Wheels for WNY, the Food Bank of WNY and Goodwill Industries of WNY gathered together for “picking day”—a time for picking all of the meat off the turkey bones and preparing it for safe storage until Thanksgiving.

Volunteers had a great time—singing and laughing for much of the time.

“We’re thrilled to be able to collaborate with these great community partners,” Stuart Harper, Executive Director at Buffalo City Mission, said.  “With state-of-the-art equipment at our disposal, the quality and freshness of the meal we’ll be able to provide this year will be superb.  The Meals on Wheels commissary in South Buffalo is incredible, and we’re blessed to be able to partner with Meals on Wheels, the Food Bank, Goodwill and others to make this Thanksgiving a great one.”

“Collaboration is very important to us, so we’re pleased to be able to help the Buffalo City Mission with this effort,” Tara A. Ellis, CEO and President at Meals on Wheels, said. “We’re always looking for new ways to use our commissary and to provide broad support to the community.  This is a particularly exciting collaboration because we share the common goal of feeding the hungry in our community.”