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6,000 meals and counting; Thomas Family donate meals to inner-city organizations

Posted at 1:04 PM, Apr 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-01 13:04:33-04

One New York family is used to cooking big meals. After all, they're Italian.

"When things go south, the Italians always like to feed everybody."

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, Nick Pitillo and his staff at Osteria 166 in downtown Buffalo have been operating a website called Stock the Freezer. It allows people to buy meals for themselves, their families, or donate them.

"This came across as a great idea, and we went all in," Pitillo said. "We weren't sure what the orders were gonna be, and now we're cooking as fast as we can."

The website has been up and running for more than a week. And in that time, more than 6,000 thousand meals have been donated.

Hall of Famer Thurman Thomas and his family donated 1,000 meals. It was their way of helping the city they call home.

"This is affecting everybody," Patti Thomas said. "It's affecting all of us, and it's time we unify and become one. That's the only way we're going to get through it."

The 1,000 meals donated by the Thomas family are being delivered to various inner-city organizations that need it most. The generosity is overwhelming, but further shows that together, we're "Buffalo Strong."

"It's Buffalo, it's what we do," Thurman Thomas said. "My wife and I love being back here and love being a part of the community, and it's just been great."

"I wouldn't want to live anywhere else," Pitillo said. "It's remarkable, the people here."

Those interested in donating meals can click here.

WKBW's Jenna Callari originally published this story.

Johns Hopkins Center for Systems Science and Engineering