PickingDayYesterday, staff and volunteers from five local organizations came together to complete an amazing feat – the team picked all of the meat off of 290 turkeys, which added up to an estimated 3,800 pounds of turkey.

That turkey, combined with delicious Thanksgiving sides like potatoes, stuffing, corn and rolls, will ensure that the 5,000 individuals who turn up at the Buffalo City Mission this Thursday will enjoy a hot, hearty Thanksgiving meal.  The meals will also be provided to Cornerstone Manor and through the Turkey Express program.

This is the third year that community organizations have partnered together to help ensure that the team at Buffalo City Mission can efficiently meet an ever-growing need.  With a small kitchen and just a handful of ovens, preparing the 290 turkeys that are typically needed for Thanksgiving can be an overwhelming logistical challenge for the City Mission.

Earlier this week, Meals on Wheels for WNY, with its food vendor – Bateman Senior Meals, cooked the turkeys in preparation for today’s event.  Today, more than 25 volunteers came together from the Buffalo City Mission, Meals on Wheels for WNY, the Food Bank of WNY, Goodwill Industries of WNY and Bateman Senior Meals to pick the meat off of the turkeys and prepare it for safe storage in advance of the Thanksgiving meal.

“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 for the third consecutive year,” 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.”