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. In 2019 we distributed food boxes to 6,425 shut-ins and underprivileged families, and represents an additional 96,375 meals.

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

Due to COVID 19 EVERYONE coming in to get a box of food will need to wear a mask.  If you do not have a mask on, unfortunately we CANNOT serve you today. 

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.

In 2019, 158,175 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. In 2019, 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.


If you would like to make a clothing donation…Rescue Mission of Utica Clothing Donation process has been revised.

Please call Brianna at 315-735-1645 ext. 2220 to arrange for a drop off time.  Drop off times are by appointment only.

                               Tuesdays: 9:30 am to 11:30 am & 1 pm to 2:30 pm

                               Wednesdays:  9:30 am to 11:30 am & 1 pm to 2:30 pm

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.

TO ASSIST US WITH COVID PRECAUTIONS: Please ring the doorbell at the Community Services entrance and leave clothes at entrance.  A clip board is located at the door with receipt information. 

If you or your loved one is in need of clothing: Please call Brianna at 315-735-1645 ext. 2220 with list of needs and sizes and a clothing box will be prepared for you and a time arranged for pick-up.

                       Face masks are required at all times. 

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

Brianna Fowler, Community Services Assistant


315-735-1645 ext. 2220






Location 1013 West Street
Utica, NY 13501


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