UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — Through a grant from the Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Respond Fund, the Johnson Park Center has been able to provide the community with food and supplies throughout the pandemic.
“More people have been coming because a lot of people lost their jobs and the food is expensive and stuff like that. Maybe that’s why we have this big crowd now. All of the sudden we’re doing twice as many people than we normally do.” – Leroy Peak, Volunteer, Johnson Park Center
Participants will be given a variety of non-perishable foods, canned vegetables and usually two types of meats. The giveaways are free to any one in need.
“Anyone can come from Utica, out of town, the surrounding areas and they’ll be served as if they lived in Utica. We don’t treat anybody differently, no discrimination or none of that.” – Leroy Peak, Volunteer, Johnson Park Center
In response to COVID-19, they ask that everyone practice social distancing, wash your hands or use hand sanitizer and wear a mask.
“If they don’t have a mask we’ll give them a mask. The Reverend inquires us to hand out masks. If the person comes up and they don’t have one we go inside, get one and then give it to them.” – Leroy Peak, Volunteer, Johnson Park Center
Giveaways happen every Monday through Wednesday. The next event will be September 30th from 3 p.m. To 6 p.m. To help out with donations, please visit their website www.JohnsonParkCenter.org