The Buffalo Bisons Foundation announced a $20,000 donation Tuesday to Evergreen Health for its food pantry and Covid-19 testing in the 14215 zip code of the city, one of Erie County's areas most impacted by the coronavirus. The donation will also support Mayor Byron W. Brown's 19th annual childhood literacy initiative dubbed Reading Rules!
The funding will provide lunch to more than 700 essential Department of Public Works employees this week and next week to salute their efforts to maintain the safe delivery of services to city residents and businesses during the pandemic.
"The Bisons organization has always enjoyed a tremendous private-public partnership with the City of Buffalo and we are thrilled to be able to assist Mayor Brown with these important and rewarding initiatives," Mike Buczkowski, president of Rich Baseball Operations, said in a statement. "By assisting our neighbors who have kept the city going during this unprecedented time, who need essential food the most, and who will one day be our future leaders, we hope this donation allows us to give back to the city and the community that we love so much."
Prepackaged hot meals were prepared by Kevin’s Catering and safely distributed to 210 Streets and Sanitation employees during a pickup event Tuesday at Martin Luther King Park. The remainder of the meals will be distributed throughout the week to other employees of Streets and Sanitation, Parks and Engineering, as well as employees of Buffalo Sewer, Buffalo Water and Mayor Brown’s Impact Team.
The donation supports Evergreen Health’s food pantry efforts while connecting residents of the 14215 zip code to testing at Evergreen's location at 3297 Bailey Ave., which opens on Wednesday. While this is primarily a drive-thru testing site, Evergreen Health will accept some walk-ups. To schedule testing for anyone 16 or older, call 716-847-2441, option 7.