Hundreds of volunteers help City Mission deliver thousands of Thanksgiving meals

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – As many of us dig into our big Thanksgiving feasts with our families, it’s easy to forget how many others in our community are less fortunate, but hundreds of volunteers spent their Thanksgiving morning doing what they could to feed those in need.

This marks the 15th year for the Thanksgiving meal delivery service through the City Mission. When the initiative started, volunteers delivered about 500 meals. This year, they delivered about 5,500 meals before noon.

“In many cases, we’re the only people they’ll see all day, so it’s a real blessing for our volunteers to be able to be out there delivering the meals for Buffalonians that are shut ins and elderly people and people who just don’t have anything and this may be the only meal they have today,” said Stuart Harper, Executive Director of the Buffalo City Mission.

Those meals are packed up in a process that runs like a well oiled machine after all these years of practice. About 250 volunteers divvied up responsibilities portioning out the turkey dinner with all the fixings and desert, before packing those meals up in bags that were decorated by local children. The bags are then wheeled outside on carts and loaded up into waiting cars, ready to hit the road.

There’s a lot of work that goes into this and a lot of help from donors and different community partners to make this meal delivery service possible. “Probably all together, there are probably a little under 500 volunteers involved in the whole effort,” Harper said.

“It’s a great feeling, and my children are all grown, so I need to give back,” said one volunteer, Gloria Sedore, when asked why she was taking part.

Harper says there is never a shortage of volunteers willing to help out with the Thanksgiving meal deliveries. In fact, the City Mission has had to turn some volunteers away.

However, the City Mission is already looking ahead to its Christmas meal deliveries, and is asking volunteers to sign up for that. You can learn more on the City Mission’s website: provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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