The Utica Food Pantry was founded in 1982 when it incorporated as a 501(c) organization under the name of the Greater Utica Community Food Resource. It changed its name in 2016.
The Pantry serves the residents of the City of Utica who meet The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP) income eligibility requirement.
In 2019, there were over 1900 client visits to the Pantry and over 60% of our clients have children. Our annual Thanksgiving Turkey Drive distributed 614 turkeys along with all the trimmings to local residents.
Typical clients include working families trying to make ends meet, people experiencing a temporary job loss, individuals whose SNAP (food stamps) benefits have been reduced, and senior citizens. Seniors often seek help because most are on a fixed income and are impacted by higher medication and health care costs.
As a private, nonprofit organization we depend entirely on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and other strategic partners.
There is no charge to clients for Pantry items or services.