Current Needs: 
Coffee, Hot Cocoa, Men's Winter Coats, Boots, Hats, Gloves and Socks
Call Chef Marty at  884-5375 ext. 204 to ask how you can help fill his freezers!

     Everyday, I am so grateful that you and I can help homeless and impoverished in our community.  We do this unconditionally, because we know it feels good to help others.  We hear comments such as, "Thank You" or "The Meal was delicious!"  Today, I want to share a recent post made to facebook page.  It tells a story of how much more, beyond a meal, your help can affect someone.  It is about how you and I are helped change Rico's life.
     "Thank you," just doesn't seem like enough for me to say for how you helped Rico.  If  only these words could have the feeling of a hug, or the tingling sensation you may experience when you know you've done something great.  This is what you should be feeling right now, as you read these words again, "Thank You!"

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Joseph S. Heary
Executive Director

8th Annual Party for the People a Success

A fantastically fun evening was had by all during this year's 8th Annual Party for the People at Buffalo Iron Works, "Where One Good Thing Leads to Another".

Local comedian Liz Reaves and Defiant Monkey Improv group kept the crowd laughing with interactive entertainment. During the interim Big J Blues soulful rhythm kept the party rocking.

This years Silver Spoon Award recipients for "Service and Commitment" to the organization are:
                David Davidson        Jeffrey Carrel               
                                           Ted Fitzpatrick         Mike LaCivita 
                                            Ken Goldstein          David Perelstein    
                                           James Hanna          Roy DeFrancis
                                           Bob Rudewicz          Joe Sciandra

These local podiatrists have provided free podiatry  care on the 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month at FONP for 20 years. 

We thank them for helping those in our community most in need!

Thanks again to all event sponsors, donors, and attendees who helped make the #Party4PPL possible - we couldn't do it without you! Event photos can be viewed by visiting our Facebook page .

WNY Muslims and FONP Bring Halal Community Kitchen to West Side

FONP is proud to partner with WNY Muslims in an effort to serve all individuals experiencing food insecurity and poverty in Buffalo.  

FONP now prepares a complete warm Halal meal every Sunday that began in September.  The meal is prepared at FONP and served at the Masjid Al Eiman located at 444 Connecticut Street.  Additionally, beginning October 29th, an additional meal will be served at the Masjid Bilal located at 343 Potomac Avenue. Food service begins at 1:30PM following the daytime prayer and is open to all community members experiencing food insecurity and poverty, not just those of the Muslim faith. 

The Halal meal program continues to grow weekly and has helped meet the needs of many individuals, families and children who do not have access to regular meals.  Remaining food has also been shared with Compass House, an organization that provides safe shelter and services to Runaway and Homeless youth and teens in Buffalo. 

Tehniyet Azam is WNY Muslim's Associate Executive Director and she is responsible for the Halal soup kitchen's facilitation. She is very excited about the program's facilitation and growth.  When asked about the program, she expressed, " Each week, we have gotten the opportunity to serve approximately 50 people who may otherwise not know how to get their next meal. Our mission is to help the less fortunate members of the community regardless of their circumstances or backgrounds. We welcome everyone and anyone. In addition, we focus on providing an uplifting and nourishing environment." 

Since the program's inception, over 435 meals have been served on the west side. 

Upcoming events...

WNY Muslims is holding a Thanksgiving Turkey "Drop & Drive" at FONP on  11/12/17 from 12-3PM.   

We are collecting Turkeys that are Halal, Kosher, and Regular.  

The following week on  11/19 Turkeys will be delivered to families and individuals based on the food requirements of the recipients. 

If you would like to donate a turkey, please contact Martin Bench at (716)884-5375, ext. 204 

Urban Diner Featured in Buffalo News

Check out this recent article in The Buffalo News about our Urban Diner in collaboration with the Matt Urban Center located at 385 Paderewski Sreet: 

The Urban Diner was established in 2009 and continues to serve free meals
  Monday through Friday from 3PM - 5PM.  Presently, the Urban Diner is in need of volunteers to assist with meal service.  If you are interested in signing-up, please contact Mary Rachel Keville at (716) 893-7222 ext.329 or via email

Celebrating 8 Years
Opening Day - November 8th, 2009

FONP Welcomes New Chef & Relationship Manager
Two new staff member you will see around FONP are Sous Chef Tara and Relationship Manager Kathy.  Tara works with Chef's Marty and Chris.  Kathy will be assuming responsibilities for volunteer and donor communications beginning November 13th.  Please help us welcome them to FONP on your next visit.

Save the Date...

Saturday, December 23rd,  The Annual McCarthysim Holiday Bash  to benefit FONP at the  Sportsmens Tavern . Join us 8PM to 12:30 AM to kick of the holiday season. Donations of gift cards for a auction or gift baskets are welcome. If interested please email
January 28, 2018Buffalo Soup Fest  will host Empty Bowls for student artists to display and make available their bowls for a donation to Friends of Night People. Student artists throughout WNY design bowls that symbolize how hunger affects them and out community. Bowls range in price usually from $3 to $10 and will be located at the main entrance lobby in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

April 2018 , FONP's Annual Putting Hunger on the Run 5K (Run and Walk) Sponsors, Volunteers, and Participants needed. Please email


THANK YOU to all our volunteers for your hard work and service!

 As a friendly reminder, please arrive at our facility to volunteer by 4:45 PM to serve dinner and 6:45 PM to help in the food pantry.  Volunteers helping serve lunch on Wednesdays and Thursdays should arrive at 11:00 AM.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer at FONP, you must first visit our website and complete our online volunteer application and one of our staff will contact  you about scheduling a date for you to complete volunteer orientation.  To get a head start, click on the link to watch our  pre-orientation video for new volunteers. This will supple ment the orientation process allowing us to spend more time discussing helping individuals experiencing homelessness and poverty, and food safety.

If you have volunteered previously and would like to schedule additi onal dates, our volunteer  calendars are located in the d ining room.  Volunteers are welcome to sign-up in any open volunteer time slot. 

Please email Joe and Kathy at with  questions.

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Phone: 716.884.5375
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