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Community Service Programs

Food Pantry Program

Our Food Box program has changed to a client-choice pantry program where families get to pick their own food; up to 15 meals per person in the household. Families receive a balanced package of fruits, vegetables, grains, and proteins.  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.  In 2017 distributed 3,658 food boxes to 7,100 shut-ins and underprivileged families.  This is a 35% increase over 2016 and represents an additional 106,500 meals.

Located at 1013 West Street, Community Entrance. Beginning November 12 schedule will change as follows: Open every Monday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  CLOSED ON TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY.

Click here  for complete list of food items needed to assemble the 15-meal food box.

Food Pantry

Donations should be brought to the Food Service Department located at 201 Rutger Street.  Please bring donations to the red door at the loading dock.

Community Meal Program



Free, nutritious meals are available during breakfast, lunch and dinner to anyone from the community who is hungry. Please Click here to see the community meal times.  In 2017, 154,148 hot meals were served to homeless and underprivileged individuals. At our traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas Day meals, volunteers delivered 3,779 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 2017, a total of 11,451 articles of free clothing was distributed to 1,005 men, women and children in the community, including Mission residents. Our community clothing program is managed by volunteers and is open to the community four days per week.

Located at 1013 West Street, Community Entrance. Beginning November 12 schedule will change as follows: Open every Monday, Thursday, Friday from 9:00 am to 11:00 am and 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm.  CLOSED ON TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY.

If you would like to donate clothing, please bring your donations to 1013 West Street and use the community entrance.  A receptionist is available M – F from 8:30 am – 1:30 pm.  All clothing donations are accepted.  Donations of men’s, women’s, and children’s sneakers, children’s clothing, and men’s jeans are currently needed. To donate bring to 1013 West St. & use community entrance. Receptionist available 8:30 am-1:30 pm M-F. All clothing donations accepted as well. Thank you for your help and God Bless!

For more information you can download our Rescue Mission brochure or contact:

Tara David, Community Services Coordinator


315-735-1645 ext. 2108






Location 1013 West Street
Utica, NY 13501


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