When:  Monday, August 30, 2021, from 2 pm to 7:30 pm.  (Rain or Shine)

 What: The JPC Walkers Free Food Giveaway

When: Tuesday, August 31, 2021, from 3 pm to 6 pm. (Rain or Shine)  

 Where: Johnson Park Center (JPC) Food Pantry – 1400 West Street (Block), NY 13501

Utica, NY. The Center of Budget and Policy Priorities says: Adults in households with children were likelier to report that the household didn’t get enough to eat: 14 percent, A compared to 7 percent for households without children. 9 to 14 percent of adults with children reported that their children sometimes or often didn’t eat enough in the last seven days because they couldn’t afford it, well above the pre-pandemic figure. Households’ typically first scale back on food for adults before cutting back on what children have to eat. (The 9-14 percent range reflects the different ways to measure food hardship in the Household Pulse Survey.)

Also, analysis of more detailed data from the Pulse Survey collected June 9-21 shows that between5 and 9 million children live in a household where children didn’t eat enough because the household couldn’t afford it. Our community is responding to the great need caused by “Food Insecurity and Hunger,” due to COVID-19. With the generous support from the Food Bank of Central New York (FBCNY) and abundance of food donations from the Compassion Coalition, various Financial Donors-(government, private & organizations,) our fantastic volunteers, staff, and board, JPC will have the JPC Food Pantry Drive-Thru Free Food Giveaway for disadvantaged families and single individuals around JPC Sites in the 1400 Block of West Street, Utica, New York 13501 “Rain or Shine” on Monday, August 30, 2021, from 2 pm to 7:30 pm.

Starting on the corner of Arthur and West Streets, cars/vehicles will line up at the registration station. The Registration Personnel wearing facemasks will check all Participant’s JPC Food Pantry Card. If you do not have a JPC Food Pantry Card, the Registration Personnel, will ask you to print your name and check the processed cards. If they find your card, they will give it to you. If the Registration Personnel do not see your card, they will direct you to the Intake Station. The Intake Personnel will check for the status concerning your JPC Food Pantry Card. If needed, they will assist you in completing the required documents on-site to receive a JPC Food Pantry Card. They will place the number of households represented in each car on its windshield. Then you will drive up to each Food Station, where volunteers will put the food in your car/vehicle.

If you do not have a car/vehicle; please come to the JPC Food Pantry Walkers Free Food Giveaway Rain or Shine on Tuesday, August 31, 2021, between 3 pm to 6 pm in the 1400 Block of West Street, Utica, New York 13501 “Rain or Shine.”

A tractor-trailer full of food will be available to give to the community. Food items may include frozen uncooked 10 lbs. quarter leg chicken, pork patties, hamburger helper, dairy box, butter, cream cheese, powder milk, rice, black beans, assorted canned items, fresh produce, and fresh produce fruit, juice, cereal, bread, etc., and facemasks.

During these challenging times of the pandemic, by fighting hunger and food insecurity, the JPC Free Food Giveaway helps families & singles to have food on their tables, be food secured and be a stepping stone to self-sufficiency.

Would you please join us as we need additional sponsors, donors, volunteers and media to make long-term commitments to fight hunger and food insecurity? To all who are currently making investments and partnering with JPC, you are amazing. JPC is so grateful and appreciative of your dedication to serving families, children, and single individuals in need.

Thank you, Food Bank of Central New York (FBCNY), the Compassion Coalition, the Emergency Food and Shelter Program (EFSP); Preswick Glen, Residents Association, The Bank of Utica, The Cree, Inc., Hartford Fire Insurance of the Benevity Impact Fund; the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties; the United Way of the Mohawk Valley; “Utica National Foundation Group, M&T Bank/Partners Charitable Fund, Mele Family Fund, Capraro Technologies, Inc. (CTI), All In For Vin Memorial Fund, Scalzo, Zogby, and Wittig Insurance Fund, Mandour Fund, Four Anonymous Donor Funds, the Mohawk Valley COVID-19 Respond Fund, all are Donor-Advised Funds at the Community Foundation of Herkimer & Oneida Counties;” the NBT Bank; The Leslie R. Lewis ESQ Client Donor Donation, Stericycle Inc., Hospice & Palliative Care, JetNet, LLC; Dugan Donor-Advised Fund of the Charles Schwab; MVP Health; the Zonta Club; the Oneida County Traffic Diversion Program, the First Baptist Church, St James AME Church, Unitarian Universalist Church; CASA Imports, Candella’s Farm & Greenhouses, and the Mohawk Street Hannaford.

We received monetary and food donations from various donors, businesses, organizations, and individual supporters, the Oneida County Summer Youth Employment Program; our Fantastic Volunteers, the Utica NY AAA, JPC/JPA Staff & Shelter Program Participants, JPC Facebook Encouragers and Supporters; and Media Coverage from WKTV, WUTR, Spectrum News, the Utica Phoenix, the Observer-Dispatch, Rome Sentinel, 96.1 The Eagle, Bug Country 99.7 & 101.1, Talk of the Town 100.7, and American town Utica.

Thank you so much for your continued support, as we are celebrating serving in the Johnson Park- Cornhill and the Utica inner-city for Twenty-six years; Join Positive Change at Johnson Park Center (JPC).

Rev. Dr. Maria A. Scates, D.D.

   JPC CEO / Founder  

Lockwood Law

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