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Utica Community Food Bank gets facelift

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Christmas came early Saturday for an organization that means so much to so many in Utica. The Utica Community Food Bank got a bit of a makeover on Saturday thanks to some holiday good will.

Lowe's Home Improvement Center in North Utica donated new shelving, cabinets and tables as well as volunteers from the store to install everything. Food bank Board President Mark Wolber is very grateful, "We had a mish/mash of different shelves that weren't uniform that didn't look very well, we needed some cabinets, we needed some tables."

Karen Russo, sales manager at Lowe's says when their management was looking for a way to give back, the food bank was the perfect fit, "as soon as I stepped foot in the food bank, I knew this was a project we wanted to do, there's such a need here, shelves and stacking and what better use to put my people than stacking shelves, something we're really good at."

Every year Lowe's gives back to the communities it sets up shop in, and this year the Utica Community Food Bank is the beneficiary. Wolber says the help will make a huge difference, especially this holiday season, "I think it will make people feel better coming in here, it doesn't look so depressing and the people that are working here will feel better about being here because it will look so much nicer."

Karen Russo says the annual giving back tradition really hits home with Lowe's employees, "to give back to the community, there's nothing better than that."

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