FACTS



  • As of 2015, more than half of Buffalo''s children, 54 percent, live in poverty (Buffalo News, October 1, 2016)
  • As of 2013, more than half of Buffalo''s children, 50.6 percent, live in poverty (Buffalo News, September 14, 2014)
  • As of 2013, 29,726 children of Buffalo''s 58,722 children live in poverty (Buffalo News, September 14, 2014)
  • As of 2012, 45 percent of Buffalo''s children lived in poverty (Buffalo News, September 14, 2014)
  • As of 2012, a third of Buffalo residents live below the federal poverty line, according to recent census data. Of them, about 40 percent are unemployed (Marwa Eltagouri, Buffalo News, July 26, 2012)
  • As of 2011, nearly one in two children living in Buffalo is at risk of going hungry. The child poverty rate for Buffalo is more than twice the national average (Marwa Eltagouri, Buffalo News, July 26, 2012)
  • Buffalo is the 3rd poorest big city (population 65,000 or more) in the nation.
  • Food Shuttle of WNY transports food to the hungry, operating every day except New Years Day, Easter Sunday, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day, and Christmas Day.
  • Number of organizations that regularly donate food: 70
  • Number of organizations that receive the food: 115
  • Number of volunteers: 325
  • Number of volunteers routinely active on a weekly basis: 200
  • Time needed to do a Food Shuttle "run": approximately 2 hours
  • Volunteer drivers use their own vehicle at their own expense
Our sources of funds:
  1. Donations from individuals
  2. United Way Donor Choice Program
    1. Federal Employees Campaign
    2. State Employees Campaign
    3. General Payroll Deduction Campaign
  3. Community Grants
  4. Service Awards

Volunteers currently transport an average of over 15,000 pounds - that's 8 TONS - of food each week. The chart below shows the pounds of food transported annually since Food Shuttle's beginning in 1989.

amount of food being transported per year



Help Feed the Hungry. Become a Food Shuttle Volunteer. Call 716-688-2527 for more information.