Resources for Community Members Affected by Saturday’s Shooting
Ten lives were killed and three were injured in a racially motivated mass shooting at Buffalo’s East Side Tops on Saturday afternoon.
Community members are in the grieving process the victims of this racist terrorist attackbut community organizations stepped in to help East Side residents.
Spectrum has compiled a list of food pantries, transportation options and mental health resources for those affected by this shooting and for those who wish to donate and volunteer in light of this tragedy.
Buffalo Community Fridge is a food pantry located at 257 East Ferry St. It is open 24/7 for both those in need and those wishing to donate.
The Community Fridge is asking for donations of non-perishable items, including bottled water, Gatorade, fruits and vegetables, diapers, feminine hygiene products, dish soap and formula, according to its Facebook page.
Feed Buffalo Halal Food Pantry is located at 456 Massachusetts Ave. and is open Mondays and Tuesdays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m.
He is currently accepting donations of all canned goods labeled “organic”, nut milks and all unbleached or non-GMO products, according to his website.
Upper Room Church of God in Christ is located at 131 Florida St. Buffalo. This church has a pantry open Wednesday from 1 to 4 p.m. and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
He is currently accepting all non-perishable donations.
Coldspring Community Foundation Soup Kitchen is located at 234 Glenwood Ave. and is open Wednesday from 11:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Coldspring Community Foundations Soup Kitchen is not currently accepting donations, but those interested can sign up to volunteer on its Facebook page.
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Group Ministries Pantry is located at 1333 Jefferson Ave. and is open Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
According to his websitehe asks all potential volunteers or donors to call (716) 883-4367 first to confirm times and availability.
Group Ministries Pantry accepts most donations, but wants community members to confirm which products are most needed before donating.
Refuge Temple Church Pantry is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Refuse Church Temple also asks all potential volunteers or donors to call (716) 883-4367 to confirm hours and availability before donating any products.
Great Works Christian Fellowship Pantrthere is located at 210 Southampton St. and is open Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
He accepts grocery and clothing donations. These products are available to all community members living in the 14208 and 14209 zip codes.
Tops Market’s shuttle to its location in Elmwood offers trips to grocery stores for local residents without transportation.
According to Spectrum News.
Lyft, a ride-sharing app, is offering residents of ZIP Codes 14208 and 14209 free rides to ferry community members to the Tops Friendly Market on Niagara Street or the Price Rite on Elmwood Avenue.
To use the service, riders can enter the code “BuffaloLyftUp” into the Lyft app, according to WGRZ.
Uber, another ride-sharing app, is offering community members $20 off each trip to a grocery store.
Each customer can use the discount code “SHOPBUF” on up to eight rides in the app, depending on WIVB.
Mental health services
Project Hope Line is an emotional health helpline that has counselors available 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday.
He can be reached by calling (844)-863-9314 and more information can be accessed on his website.
Western New York Mental Health Advocates offer online counseling referrals or in-person sessions and are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
He can be reached at (716) 886-1242 or by his website.
The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Buffalo and Erie County (NAMI) is an advocacy group dedicated to improving the mental health of Western New Yorkers.
It offers online counseling services or in-person sessions that can be scheduled on its website.
Its helpline can be reached at 716-226-6264.
Spectrum Health and Human Services is serving those affected by the mass shooting at a drop-in center located at the Johnnie B. Wiley Center on Jefferson Avenue from 1 to 9 p.m. through May 27.
Its 24/7 hotline can also be reached at (716)-710-5172 or through its website.
Kayla Estrada is Associate News and Features Editor and can be reached at [email protected]
Kayla Estrada is Associate News and Features Editor at Spectrum. She’s an English major who loves rainy weather, “Bob’s Burgers” and asking people who they voted for. When she’s not writing, she can be found looking for quirky trinkets at the nearest thrift store.
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