Buffalo Supermarket Mass Shooting Resources

The racially motivated mass shooting in Buffalo, NY, on May 14, 2022, devastated our city and community. It occurred at the only supermarket on the east side of Buffalo, and many resources are needed to assist that community. Mental health resources are also needed for our fellow neighbors, especially within the Black community. Please email us new or missing resources, as well as corrections, this page is a work in progress.

We are deeply saddened by the racially fueled massacre on May 14 at the Jefferson Avenue location of Tops Grocery Store. Together, we mourn the 10 people who lost their lives. 10 portraits of those killed.

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updated June 10, 2022

Attribution and inspiration go to Black Love Resists in the Rust and many other organizations.

Food and Resource Services

Map of locations to get food - (includes pantries, urban gardens, healthy corner stores, supermarkets, food retail stores, etc.)

  • Freedom Gardens - seeking volunteers for Saturdays, 8:30 a.m - 2:00 p.m.
    • In need of people with experience/expertise in gardening or who have a car (if no gardening experience, you will be paired with someone who has).
    • Anyone who drives a truck (3-4 trucks are ideal) to deliver soil and beds to homes in the city.
    • You'll be provided breakfast and lunch, and paired up with another volunteer.
    • This organization is a nonprofit that creates opportunities for people in the community to grow their own vegetables. 
    • Contact: Call or text Rebekah Williams at (176) 359-3082
  • Buffalo Community Fridge - access to fresh and healthy food for FREE
    • Where: 257 E. Ferry St
    • When: Open 24/7
    • Service: Take food and resources from community fridge for free
    • Donation Request [send to Feed More WNY until further notice, at capacity]: milk, eggs, cheese, baby food and formula, juice, water, labeled cooked meals
  • Buffalo Creek Academy Food Delivery Program 
    • Service: home delivery of free groceries to community members; sign up for assistance at the link above
  • Feed More WNY
    • Where: 91 Holt St, Buffalo
    • Donation Request: nonperishable protein items, shelf-stable fruits and vegetables, beverages and snack items. Toilet paper and related personal care products, as well as diapers, are also in need.
  • Resource Council of WNY Free Food Distribution & Rooted in Love
    • Where: 347 E. Ferry St, Buffalo
    • Service: Free food giveaway to community members
    • Donation Request at the link above
  • Rooted in Love Community Fridge
    • Where: 347 E. Ferry St, Buffalo
    • When: Fridge access 24/7
    • Services: community fridge open with free food and resources on Ferry St., location for food and resources on Riley St.
    • Donation Request: Nonperishable food, fresh produce, hygiene products, grocery bags - can also drop donations to the location on Riley St.
  • Unapologetic Coffee
    • Where: 1375 Main St., Buffalo, NY 14209
    • Services: accepting donations to be kept in our fridge on behalf of our friends at buffalo community fridge and deliver them weekly. every bag received, we will include a free bag of coffee, roasted fresh from our roastery, located in the heart of the of Buffalo's eastside⁠
  • Slow Roll: Hamlin Park Food Collection & Distribution
  • Heart of the City Neighbors & Fruit Beld Comm Land Trust
  • West Herr, Zephyr, Cross Country Mortgage via Mayor's Office
    • Service: Assistance in counseling and funeral expenses
    • Call (716) 851-4811

Food Support Services

Supermarket Transportation Services

  • Shuttle Rides to Tops Friendly Markets,
    • When: 10 am - 7 PM
    • Where: Corner of Jefferson Ave and Riley St, Buffalo for pickup and drop off
    • Service: Shuttle service to and from Tops Elmwood Avenue (2101 Elmwood Ave) Buffalo
  • Free Lyft Rides - Use Code ‘BuffaloLyftUp’ for Free Lyft Rides in 14208 and 14209 zip codes 
    • Service: Receive a free ride up to $25 to and from Tops Friendly Markets (425 Niagara St, Buffalo) and Price Rite (250 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo)
  • Free Uber Rides - Use Code ‘SHOPBUF’ to get up to $20 off a rides in 14202 & 14209 zip codes
    • Receive a free ride up to $20 to and from Tops Friendly Markets (425 Niagara St, Buffalo) and Price Rite (250 Elmwood Ave, Buffalo)
  • Hearts & Hands: Faith in Action
    • Service: Offering free transportation to grocery stores to community member living the East Side of Buffalo
    • Call (716) 406-8311 ex. 103 to receive more information on how to receive transportation services 

Mental Health Services

  • Mental Health Care Services at the Johnnie B. Wiley Pavilion
    • Where: Johnnie B. Wiley Pavilion, 1100 Jefferson Ave near Dodge St
    • Service: onsite counselors from several local mental health agencies providing free mental health care services to community members
    • Hotline: (716) 834-3131
  • Erie County Medical Center
    • Where: 462 Grider St, OR virtually
    • When: 7days, 8am - 10:30pm
    • Service: “ECMC is offering immediate mental health support and treatment in the wake of Saturday's tragic event." Call the Help Center at 716-898-1594 or schedule a virtual visit
  • Spectrum Health & Human Services
    • Call: (716) 566-6506
    • When: M-F, 8am - 12am
    • Service: Counseling services
  • Buffalo Urban League
    • Organizing a list of Black social workers to assist families and the community through this time.
    • Call: (716) 250-2400      
    • Email: Samantha Williams at sw94@buffalo.edu
  • The Healing Hub of NY
    • A Black founded organization dedicated to offering a safe space for folks to heal from unresolved trauma resulting in struggles such as addiction, abuse, and poverty. They offer a variety of services and healing solutions for their clients. They are looking for volunteers interested in administrative positions, board positions, and group facilitator positions.
    • Contact: Kelly Whitfield at HealingHubNY@gmail.com
    • Call: (716) 819-3420  
  • inSocialWork Podcast Series
    • Whether you're an educator, a school social worker, or another professional working with youth, you may be grappling with how to talk with students about these acts of racism, hatred, and trauma. In a recent episode of the inSocialWork Podcast Series, Katiuscia Gray, LCSW, describes the mind-body response to trauma and offers tools involving yoga, movement, and other bodywork as interventions to promote mind-body healing for youth and people of color. In practical and example-rich terms, she makes the case for bodywork and yoga as helpful compliments or alternatives to traditional interventions.

Resources for Impacted Community Members and Families

Donation Links

Organizations

GoFundMe

University at Buffalo Resources for Students and Employees