Other Basic Needs
There are many resources for emergency food in Erie County for people in need. Anyone eligible for Temporary Assistance is automatically eligible Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) (formerly food stamps). Many food pantries and soup kitchens are located throughout Erie County. Food vouchers are also available from some organizations if someone needs food immediately. You can call 211 or visit www.211wny.org/ as the sites change often.
For individuals eligible for Medicaid, transportation funds are available to get to and from medical appointments, including mental health clinic services, PROS programs, dental and psychiatric appointments. Call 716-858-4877.
For people over 60 who are not receiving Medicaid, the Erie County Department of Senior Services “Going Places” van is available. Call 716-858-7433 for information.
NFTA Reduced Fare Program
131 N. Ellicott St
Fee: $2 for processing
Metro bus/rail passes, issued to those on SSI or SSD, entitle the rider to pay half fare on Metro bus and rail trips. Call to request an application or go to the website.
No one needs to know the reason you have the pass. (Note: If you need a copy of your actual benefits statement, one can be obtained by calling 800-772-1213 or be requested in person at your local Social Security office).
Phone, Utilities, Appliance Repair And Other Basic Needs
Call 211 or go to http://www.211wny.org/ to find these services.
This section has resources for basic food needs. Many nonprofit and community agencies also offer assistance. Call 211 or go to http://www.211wny.org/ for other and new listings.
SNAP-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food stamps)
158 Pearl St
Buffalo, NY 14202
SNAP benefits can be used like cash to purchase food only (no toiletries, soaps, cleaning products) and are available to anyone who meets income limits set by the Federal Government.
Application for SNAP benefits may be made separately or it may be included in an application or Temporary Assistance. Applications may be filed in person or by mail. The amount of SNAP benefits a household is eligible for depends on the household size and income. (College students must meet additional eligibility criteria to qualify).
When applying for SNAP benefits, you may be eligible for expedited services. When applying, bring with you: photo ID, proof of all income (earned and unearned), birth certificates and Social Security cards for all household members, utility bills, and proof of all shelter costs.
Feed More WNY
91 Holt St
Buffalo, NY 14206
For eligibility requirements and locations, www.foodbankwny.org/pantry-locator/
Dozens of places where food assistance may be found in WNY. Also, mobile food pantry is available. Also operates Meals on Wheels.
Buffalo Dream Center Joseph Project Mobile Food Pantry
286 Lafayette Ave
Buffalo, NY 1413
Buffalo City Mission/Men’s Community Center
100 East Tupper St
Buffalo, NY 14203
Shelter for homeless men, Security 24 hours a day. Medical care, linkage to housing and mental health providers; short, medium and longterm residential programs. Case management services, substance abuse recovery and anger management courses. Three meals, evening meal for residents and men in the community. Pantry food with pastoral reference.
Buffalo River Food Pantry/ Old First Ward Association
62 Republic St
Buffalo, NY 14204
Call ahead; bring identification. Serves mainly zip code area 14204 and part of 14210.
Emergency shelter/housing for adults with developmental disabilities; and persons with developmental disabilities who are homeless or at risk of homelessness, respite, group and apartment-style residences. Will accept individuals with a secondary mental health diagnosis.
The main office and branch offices (listed online and in the telephone directory) also provide food vouchers in emergencies. Call for location in area you need.
Food for All/Network of Religious Communities
1272 Delaware Ave
Buffalo, NY 14209
Can give callers the location of food pantries and soup kitchens nearest their homes. Assist clients with Food Stamps and other federal feeding programs, e.g. Summer Food Service Program, WIC, school breakfast, free summer meals for children.
Dinner daily, Food Pantry
Also, general medical clinic and podiatry services; eye clinic, and AA meetings, and clothing closet. Call for hours or appointments.
385 Paderewski Dr
Buffalo, NY 14212
21 Westminster Ave
Buffalo, NY 14215
Hearts for the Homeless Food Pantry & Mobile Soup Kitchen
PO Box 437
Buffalo, NY 14223
Food pantry, and cafe to open soon.
Mobile soup kitchen at the downtown library Tues-Sat 5-6 pm.
Serves adults, seniors, and children
Provides for many basic needs to address homelessness or high risk of homelessness, including Urban Diner (restaurant-style soup kitchen), food pantry with Food Bank of WNY, clothing boutique and Personal Essentials Pantry
Fees: None, but donations accepted for senior lunch program.
Emergency food assistance, emergency utility assistance as funds are available, rental assistance if funds are available, nutrition and recreation for elderly. Call for eligibility requirements.
Service area: Erie & Niagara counties
Provides a hot meal to those in need; occasional food pantry. Christmas, Thanksgiving and Easter dinner.
Community Soup Kitchen
1570 Buffalo Ave
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Serves nutritious, well-rounded lunch 6 days a week in a clean, enjoyable place. Open to anyone.
1590 Buffalo Ave
Niagara Falls, NY 14303
Eligibility: call to be sure you have required proof of address.
Bags of food for residents of zip code service area to take home and prepare. Will assist from outside of area for short-term emergency.
This section includes many resources for low-cost or free clothing. Many nonprofit and community agencies offer assistance. Call 211 or go to http://www.211wny.org/
Buffalo City Mission
100 East Tupper St
Buffalo, NY 14203
Free clothing to those in need with agency referral.
510 Dick Rd
Depew, NY 14043
Serves adults, seniors, and children “One-stop” type of community center. Clothing boutique and Personal Essentials Pantry; and basic health care and benefits assistance.
Many branch stores around WNY. Call or visit their website for details.