Community Service Programs
Food Box Program
Each food box provides 18 meals for each member of a family. Not only do we provide the food, but also counseling, advocacy and referrals to help with other critical needs. We strongly believe it is important to keep the family together in their homes and not have parents bring their children to the Mission for meals. If we can provide the food, along with additional services, we can keep people living in a safe, healthy environment, thus avoiding homelessness. A common theme of people coming to us for food boxes, some for the first time ever, has been the rising cost of living — too much month at the end of the money. We have seen a substantial increase in the number of food boxes given out in 2016. Some 3,840 food boxes helped 6,290 shut-ins and underprivileged individuals for a total of 69,120 meals. This is a 32% increase over 2015!
Click here for complete list of food items needed to assemble the 18-meal food box.
Food Box Distribution
Community Meal Program
Free, nutritious meals are available during breakfast, lunch and dinner to anyone from the community who is hungry. In 2016, 147,930 hot meals were served to homeless and underprivileged individuals. At our traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas Day meals, volunteers delivered 2,934 meals to area shut-ins.
Community Clothing Room
Through the generosity of a caring community, we continue to provide free clothing to all residents and area community members. In 2016, a total of 9,621 pieces of free clothing was distributed to 1,733 men, women and children in the community, including Mission residents. Our community clothing program is managed by volunteers and is open to the community two half days per week.
Located at 218 Rutger Street. Open every Tuesday & Wednesday from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.
For more information you can download our Rescue Mission brochure or contact:
Peter Donnelly, Community Services Coordinator
Utica, NY 13501