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Utica food bank has new temporary home

By WKTV News

(WKTV) - The Utica Community Food Bank has a new temporary home at 230 James St.

The city opened the location at the Public Safety Building to the food bank after its first temporary home, the Chatterbox Lounge, got a new tenant.

Up until now, the food bank has been there free of charge. The Utica Community Food Bank still owns space on Bleecker Street, but electrical work and other repairs forced the board of directors to close the doors in April. Forty to 50 families get help there daily.

"During the months of August and September, we provided food for 3,000 people," said Mark Wolber, who is on the board of directors for the food bank. "We are operating at a higher rate than we have ever had before.

"I anticipate with the SNAP cuts and changes to food stamps, there will be more of a demand than ever before for our help," he said.

If repair costs to the Bleecker Street location are too expensive, Wolber says the food bank will be shopping for a new permanent home.

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