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Meals on Wheels breaks ground for commissary

Meals on Wheels of Western New York broke ground Wednesday on a $7.5 million commissary that will be built next to its offices on James E. Casey Drive in Buffalo.

The 27,000-square-foot building will be used to prepare, store and distribute food to the organization's clients.

The facility is also designed to be disaster-ready and officials will work with the Red Cross and the Food Bank to provide meals to shelters, warming centers, emergency personnel and others during emergencies.

Meals on Wheels has raised half the money it needs to build the facility and is now reaching out to businesses, family foundations and individual donors to pay for the rest.


Community center gets grant for tutoring, after-school help

Northwest Buffalo Community Center is receiving a $1.3 million Department of Education grant for tutoring and after-school programs.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, D-N.Y., and Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo, announced the funding Wednesday. The grant will be steered toward students needing academic improvement or restructuring through 21st Century Learning Centers operating out of Grabiarz School of Excellence School 79, Riverside Institute of Technology, Roosevelt Early Childhood Center School 65 and West Hertel Academy School 94. The Huntington Learning Center will provide help outside the classroom in mathematics and language arts.


City Mission wants turkeys, pies -- soon

The Buffalo City Mission is seeking 3,000 donated turkeys early this fall season so it can begin to prepare thousands of dinners for delivery to homebound families and seniors. The Mission's Turkey Express program is in addition to the hundreds of dinners served in its shelter using donated turkeys and plenty of fixings.

There is also a need for a total of 350 cherry, apple, pumpkin and sweet potato pies. The turkeys and/or pies can be dropped off between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily at the Mission's Men's Community Center, 100 E. Tupper St. For more information, call 854-8181, Ext. 401.

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