Erie County free Christmas and holiday assistance programs.

Buffalo and the greater Erie County region is supported by charities that offer free holiday assistance. There are programs available that can provide free Christmas gifts to kids, meals at Thanksgiving or Christmas, or even Easter. Many of the non-profits, including churches, also collect toys or presents and then provide the items for free to children from low income families.

Applications will be required to Toys for Tots, a charity run holiday program or Angel Tree. The number of Erie County families that can be assisted is limited. For any type of Christmas toys or presents, the enrollment period will usually begin during October or November. Additional times periods for applications will be in place for other holidays.

The main non-profits that offer low cost or free toys, games, clothing, gift certificates and more for children at Christmas is below. Other services may include free meals, food boxes, the Neediest Holiday Food Program, or home delivery of items to seniors in Buffalo.

Salvation Army Christmas Program
Address is 960 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
Main phone - (716) 883-9800
They are part of the Western New York holiday partnership of non-profits. Free food, meals, and toys are available for children under the age of 12. Families applying need to be on food stamps.

City Mission
Address: 100 East Tupper Street
Buffalo, NY 14203
Main phone - (716) 854-8181
Both Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, with Turkeys and the toppings, are served to the needy and homeless in Erie County. They also deliver meals from a program known as Thanksgiving Express. Continue with assistance from City Mission.





Community Action Information Center
103 Wohlers Ave
Buffalo, New York 14208
(716) 885-5925
Free Christmas food and meals are delivered to the disabled, seniors, and homebound.  They help the poor, minorities, single moms, and others. Employment, government grants for bills, warm winter attire, and referrals to Christmas toys and Thanksgiving turkey assistance programs. More on Erie County community action agency.

Durham Metro AME Zion Church
200 East Eagle Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
Telephone number is (716) 856-4943

Eden - North Collins Food Pantry
Holy Spirit Church
2017 Halley Road
North Collins, NY 14111
(716) 374-5683





Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd
Address: 96 Jewett Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 833-1151
They partner with other charities and churches in the region as part of the News Neediest holiday food program.

Gospel Expansion Foundation
461 Masten Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14209
(716) 883-5327
Clothing for the holidays and a food pantry serve the low income and working poor in Erie County.

New Covenant Tabernacle
Address is 345 McConkey Drive
Buffalo, NY 14223
Telephone - (716) 877-9882

Parkside Lutheran Church
2 Wallace Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14214
(716) 836-1361
Free Christmas food baskets, vouchers and small gifts or presents may be offered for children.

Resurrection Life Fellowship
Address: 2145 Old Union Road
Buffalo, New York 14227
Main phone - (716) 656-8995

South Buffalo Community Table
187 Southside Parkway
Buffalo, NY 14220
For details, call (716) 822-3193
A free pantry and soup kitchen may have a free Christmas & Thanksgiving dinner for families and people in poverty.




Springville Concord Community Food Pantry
34 Barnstead Drive
Springville, New York 14141
(716) 592-3761

Peter and Paul Parish Outreach
36 Pine Street
Hamburg, NY 14075
(716) 648-1725
Referrals may be offered. Also, using donations and the support of volunteers, free holiday meals, small toys, coats, and more are passed out during Thanksgiving and Christmas. They are also part of the News Neediest Holiday service.

St Christopher Parish Outreach
Location 530 Ellicott Creek Road
Tonawanda, NY 14150
(716) 564-9023

Western New York Toys for Tots
The main intake number is the referral service for Buffalo and Erie County. it is for income qualified parents (or guardians) with children from age 0 to 14. Apply for Free Christmas toys as well as clothes, which will be new items. Dial 1-888-696-9211. Many volunteers, churches, and charities participate.

St Patrick Friary
Address: 102 Seymour Street
Buffalo, NY 14210
Dial (716) 856-5790
Clients that are members of this St. Patrick Pantry can also get help at the holidays, including Thanksgiving.

Union Presbyterian Church
67 Lake Avenue
Buffalo, New York 14219
Call the holiday program at (716) 823-5137
A free Thanksgiving meal served the Saturday, prior to Thanksgiving, and there is also a Christmas meal available in Buffalo.





Erie County Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
Various social services, meals, food, and holiday programs may be run by the churches. There may be free winter jackets for kids or seniors, gift certificates, small toys or stocking stuffers, even financial help. More on St. Vincent de Paul holiday help.

West Seneca Food Pantry
51 St. Davids Drive
Buffalo, New York 14224
Supports the low income in West Seneca only.

Urban Christian Ministries
Address is 967 Jefferson Avenue
Buffalo, NY 14204
Phone number is (716) 882-9472
Presents may include free clothing as well as food or groceries items for a full holiday meal. May have a small number of Christmas tress for low income households and well as toys for young children and infants.

St Adalberts Response to Love Center
130 Kosciuszko Street
Buffalo, New York 14212
(716) 894-7030

Salvation Army of Buffalo including the Golden Age Center
Address is 960 Main Street
Buffalo, NY 14202
(716) 883-9800 x259
This can help the elderly, but other holiday programs for other ages include Adopt a Family, Angel Tree and more. Toys, vouchers, and more are provided by the non-profit, including both Thanksgiving and Christmas Day Dinners.

Matt Urban Hope Center
385 Paderewski Drive
Buffalo, New York 14212
(716) 893-7222 x310

Brighton Center
1225 Brighton Road
Tonawanda, NY 14150
(716) 832-4889
Emergency food, including at Christmas for clients, is available. Volunteers prepare and serve the meals, and they may also have stocking or small Christmas gifts.

First Shiloh Baptist Church
Address is 15 Pine Street
Buffalo, NY 14204
(716) 847-6555

Hispanics United of Buffalo
Phone: (716) 856-7110
Spanish speakers, immigrants, and minorities may get culture holiday meals and services. There may be Easter baskets, free Thanksgiving as well as Christmas meals 9or food baskets), gift cards, and other items.





Friendship Missionary Baptist Church - Feed the Needy
Location is 402 Clinton Street
Buffalo, New York 14204
For information, dial (716) 847-1020
Meals served include Thanksgiving and Christmas. There may also be baskets of groceries available at other holidays, such as Easter.


By Jon McNamara

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