UTICA, N.Y. – The Johnson Park Center held a walk-in food giveaway Monday where people in need could line up, while practicing social distancing, to pick up food.
Officials at the center say four-times more people are in need of their services since the pandemic started.
“We have quadrupled our numbers. Last week we served 1,200 households. Every week we are getting a food pantry truck from Syracuse or the Food Bank of Central New York, and every week we are giving out the food,” said the Rev. Ursula Meier, COO.
Representatives from the American Red Cross helped distribute food at Monday’s giveaway.
The center will distribute food through Wednesday from 3 – 6 p.m. each day.
There will also be a drive-thru on Monday, April 27, from 2 to 7:30 p.m.
Food for the giveaways was donated by Jimmy Johns and the Carbone Auto Group.