Free Meals for Kids

During times of uncertainty, families can count on the Y to provide essential services for the community. Amid school closures related to COVID-19, YMCA Buffalo Niagara is providing free meals to children ages 18 and under to ensure all kids have uninterrupted access to healthy food.

Children will receive a free bagged lunch and breakfast for the following day. Families can pick up the meals between the hours of 11:00 am and 1:00 pm Monday through Friday at the following locations:

  • Lockport Family YMCA located at 5833 Snyder Drive in Lockport
  • William-Emslie Family YMCA located at 585 William Street in Buffalo

To ensure we have enough meals for everyone who needs one, we ask that parents or guardians call ahead with their children’s names to reserve food.

If you need meals from the Lockport YMCA, please call or email Steve Henshaw ( / 716-434-8887) with your children’s names by 3:00 pm Friday for meals for the following week.

If you need meals from the William-Emslie YMCA, please call Danielle Roberts at 716-845-5440 to reserve.

YMCA staff will deliver the meals to your vehicle, in an effort to adhere to the social distance guidance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Staff will be available to assist you by phone between the hours of 8:00 am – 5:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Together, we can make sure every child is safe, healthy, and fed.