The Utica Food Pantry held its annual Turkey Giveaway at Utica’s Central Fire Station on Bleecker Street on Monday.

Turkeys and all the trimmings were handed out.

Assemblywoman Marianne Butternchon joined in on the turkey giveaway

COVID-19 vaccinations were also offered for those in need.

"I appreciate Assemblywomen Buttenschon's continuous support of the mission of panty and the well-being of our residents.  Combining a COVID vaccination POD with our annual turkey/trimmings giveaway is an outstanding collaboration.  Every year we receive many generous donations and will still are accepting turkey/food donations through Sunday and ongoing monetary donations," said Food Pantry President Russell Brooks.

The Utica Food Pantry operates year-round in the lower level of the CNY Veteran’s Outreach Center in downtown Utica.

Utica Food Pantry’s Annual Turkey Giveaway

The Utica Food Pantry’s Annual Turkey Giveaway took place at Utica's Central Fire Station on Bleecker Street

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