NEW HARTFORD, N.Y. – The Utica National Group Foundation is donating more than $75,000 to support local restaurants and those in need across the community.
The foundation donated $25,000 to the Hope House in Utica, which will help the organization provide lunches to 75 people in need six day per week for five weeks.
Hope House is working with several local restaurants to deliver daily meals.
“The grant allows Hope House to buy take-out meals from local restaurants and serve them to our guests for lunch. Everyone is extremely appreciative of the restaurant food – something that most of our guests have never experienced. I know it’s bringing a smile to the faces of many in these uncertain times,” said John Madej, executive director of Hope House.
The Utica National Group Foundation also donated $50,400 to the Rescue Mission of Utica, allowing them to provide 180 dinners, seven nights a week for four weeks starting April 27.
Both the Hope House and the Rescue Mission serve the homeless, underprivileged and others struggling in the community all year long. The coronavirus pandemic has significantly increased the need for organizations like these across the country.
“These non-profits work tirelessly throughout the year, so helping them to make meals available is a sincere way to say ‘thank you’ for all that they’re doing,” said Bernard Turi, chair of the Foundation’s screening committee.
The Utica National Group Foundation Fund at The Community Foundation was created in 2014.