Hearts for the Homeless of Western New York, Inc. was founded in 1990 by Ron Calandra, a Christian missionary. It was established in Buffalo, New York, where its headquarters stand to this day.
This non-profit foundation maintains a mobile soup kitchen offering food, winter clothing, and information about area services to the impoverished and homeless. Its programs and operations rely on volunteers.
This foundation is a member of the Western New York Coalition for Donated Goods, a group that seeks to educate the public on the importance and benefits of recycling and item donation. As such, Hearts for the Homeless splits all earnings from Coalition-sponsored events with the other members of the collaboration.
In August 2019, the foundation began the construction of a food pantry, which is also planned for use as a café, ministry campus, and can and bottle recycling center.