UTICA, N.Y. – The Utica Food Pantry is looking for 100 more turkeys to meet the need this year, as many local families continue to struggle during the coronavirus pandemic.
The pantry is planning to hand out turkeys during the annual holiday giveaway on Friday, Nov. 20.
“Our hope is to provide each family with a life-changing experience during the Thanksgiving holiday to enjoy together and remember. And in order for that to happen, we are going to need help from the community”, said pantry Chairman Russell Brooks. “The turkey distribution is so important to the families we serve because it allows them to enjoy the Thanksgiving holiday with their families without the financial burden the holidays often bring.”
Frozen turkey donations can be delivered to the Utica Fire Station located at 552 Bleecker Street. As in past years, the Utica Fire Department is hosting the event and firefighters will help hand out turkeys at the event.
Last year, 600 turkeys were distributed.
This year’s event will be a drive-thru, and eligible families have received tickets that will need to be presented to receive the food items on Nov. 20.