United Way of the Mohawk Valley is gearing up to distribute another 1,600 meal boxes for the final leg of the food distribution series funded by the City of Utica, according to a news release.
Utica residents in need can sign up but should act quick because the meal boxes go fast. The distribution will take place Sunday, April 25, at a new location in East Utica. Full distribution pick-up location and time details will be shared upon registration. The distribution will be a drive-thru or walk-thru style pick-up.
Families and individuals can access the registration form to reserve their meal box by texting UticaFood to 898-211, visiting www.unitedwaymv.org/uticafood, or calling 844-DIAL-211.
The meal box kit includes ingredients to prepare at least five meals for a family of five. The kit meal theme is Mediterranean and comes complete with almost everything needed to create the meals including step-by-step recipe cards.
United Way has partnered with Casa Imports and Karam Produce to bring fresh produce, meat, and other ingredients to families as part of their meal boxes. Each box also will include a full-size bottle of olive oil donated locally by Sovena Inc.
This is the third distribution hosted by United Way MV. A total of 4,800 meal boxes with 128,500 ready-to-make meals were given to residents as part of their Take and Make meal box series funded through a grant from the City of Utica out of their Community Development Block Grant CV – CARES Act as part of COVID-19 relief efforts.
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Volunteers are needed to assist in packing and distributing meal boxes Friday, Saturday and Sunday, April 23-25. Safety measures will be in place, including screening for possible COVID-19 exposure and temperature checks upon arrival, limiting the number of volunteers on a shift, sanitizing between shifts and social distancing. Anyone who has been exposed to COVID-19 or has tested positive for COVID-19 within 14 days leading into the event or has symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to volunteer.
To volunteer, visit www.unitedwaymv.org/uticafood.