As a nonprofit organization, we depend entirely on donations from individuals, businesses, foundations and other strategic partners.
The Pantry benefits from a large number of food and fund drives each year that supplement our inventory. However, food donations have certain limitations and present some challenges in meeting the needs of our clients.
Monetary gifts enable the Pantry to:
Purchase more nutritious and fresh food (fruits, vegetables, dairy products and meats) to supplement nonperishable food donations
Purchase food from the Food Bank of Central New York at the best possible price. The Pantry leverages its buying power to acquire food at a fraction of grocery store costs
Provide personal care items that are not covered by SNAP (food stamps) – necessities many take for granted such as soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toilet paper and laundry detergent
Meet community needs all year long especially during times when food and fun drives happen less frequently
Manage our inventory more efficiently. Food donations require much time, space and labor for sorting, date checking and storing.
The Utica Food Pantry was founded in 1982 when it incorporated as a 501(c) organization. As a private, nonprofit organization we depend entirely on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and other strategic partners.
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