ROME, N.Y. – A ‘Community Coming Together’ food giveaway was held at St. John the Baptist Church in Rome on Monday, in conjunction with Project Fibonacci and the Food Bank of Central New York.
Produce and meat were included in the food boxes, as well as bread from Ferlo’s Bakery in Rome.
Organizers say the event is to help those in need, as many are facing unforeseen financial struggles due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“Well, if you look at everyone who is affected by this pandemic…it's not normal. You've got people who have never expected to be laid off in their lives. You've got people who are homeless and you've got the entire demographic of the Rome-Utica area, really affected by this pandemic,” said Bob Bojanek, of St. John’s church.
Bojanek says roughly 500 people came to pick up food boxes Monday.
This was the second giveaway held at the church during the pandemic.