UTICA, N.Y. (WUTR-TV) — The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year, especially for organizations struggling to maintain food enough donations and the Utica Food Pantry is no different.
“Our shelves as you can see are getting depleted. We’re getting the second wave of people that are out of work. Actually some of them that used to donate here, you know, are now coming in asking for help so we’re kind of stretched at this point.” – Russell Brooks, President, Utica Food Pantry
One of their biggest challenges is trying to predict how many people will need food assistance. Right now, they’re asking for all of the help they can get.
“We know the need is going to be greater so we’re anticipating that. Food donations are obviously great, you know we can give it right out, but when we get monetary donations we can purchase food at a very, very low price.” – Russell Brooks, President, Utica Food Pantry
They accept non-perishable food donations that can be dropped off during their regular hours on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. You can also donate online through their Facebook page. Those who wish to receive donations must wear a mask and follow the covid-19 guidelines while at the pantry.
“They fill out a form and you know that indicates their need, then we have an intake process. Their pictures are taken and every time they come they bring a card with them. We try to do the best we can do for them.” – Russell Brooks, President, Utica Food Pantry
More information can be found on their website.