UTICA, NY (WUTR-TV) — Cars lined down several streets this morning for the free drive-thru food distribution at the Irish Cultural Center in Utica. For an event that started at 10 a.m., the line began to form two hours before. The Utica Food Pantry held the event, but they say they couldn’t have done it without Compassion Coalition.
Boxes of nutritious food were made available through the Federal Farm to Families program. Community members received about three boxes that contain meat, dairy and produce items that come from area businesses.
“This is set up to alleviate maybe some stress of people that are struggling because of covid pandemic and what’s going on now is that they pull up, our volunteers give them a significant quality of food, we put it in the trunk or the back seat then they’re on their way,” says Russell Brooks, Director of the Utica Food Pantry.
Brooks hopes to hold another drive-thru in the future.