Reaching Out...Changing Lives

Community Service Programs

Dr. Alap A. Butala 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 distributed 8,158 food boxes to underprivileged families which is equal to 122,016 meals.

Our food pantry is located at 1013 West Street, Community Entrance. Open every other Monday, Thursday, and Friday.  We will hand out 24 boxes at 9:00 am and 24 boxes at 12:30 pm.  After the 24  boxes are gone, you will have to come back another day.  REMINDER: There is a 1 box per week limit 2 times per month.  CLOSED ON TUESDAY & WEDNESDAY.  

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

Food Pantry Donations

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.

151,351 hot meals were served to homeless and underprivileged individuals. At our traditional Thanksgiving and Christmas Day meals, volunteers delivered hundreds of  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.  A total of over 32,127 articles of free clothing was distributed to 4,978 men, women and children in the community, including Mission residents.


The clothing room is currently open to the public on Tuesdays 9 am – noon. 

If you would like to make a clothing donation we will be accepting donations at the following times:

Monday – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Tuesday – 9:00 am -1:00 pm

Wednesday – closed for donations

Thursday – 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Friday – 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

If these times do not work for you to drop off your donations, please contact Tammy at 315-735-1645 ext. 2108.  Please  allow 24 hours for a return phone call.   

Donations Drop Off Location:  Rescue Mission of Utica’s 1013 West Street Apartment building.  Please use the driveway off of Miller Street.  As you pull into the driveway (off of Miller St.) the Community Services/Clothing Closet drop off location is the doorway on the right hand side of the building.

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

Tammy Brady, Community Services Coordinator


315-735-1645 ext. 2108






Location 1013 West Street
Utica, NY 13501


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