Earlier today, 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 5,500 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 fourth 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 many 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 Community Living, 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 Community Living 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 the key to ensuring that we can all meet our missions together. We are  really delighted to be able to help the Buffalo City Mission with this effort for the fourth consecutive year,” Tara A. Ellis, CEO and President at Meals on Wheels, said. “We’re always looking for new ways to use our commissary to provide support to the community.  This is a particularly exciting collaboration because both City Mission and Meals on Wheels serve neighbors who need compassion and care. We are thankful for that opportunity to work toward the common goal of feeding the hungry in our community, and in particular on this day so known for comfort food and warmth, we are honored to be a part of that great mission.”